IBCA BOYS BASKETBALL POLL

1. CHESTERTON (22-0)

2. FISHERS (20-2)

3. HOMESTEAD (18-5)

4. CARMEL (16-5)

5. BEN DAVIS (17-6)

6. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (18-6)

7. MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) (18-2)

8. VALPARAISO (18-4)

9. PENN (18-2)

10. NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (16-6)

11. LAWRENCE NORTH (14-6)

12. WESTFIELD (17-6)

13. FLOYD CENTRAL (16-4)

14. ZIONSVILLE (14-6)

15. INDIANAPOLIS TECH (17-5)

16. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (18-3)

17. ANDERSON (18-4)

18. PIKE (14-7)

19. BLOOMINGTON NORTH (17-3)

20. MONROE CENTRAL (20-0)

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL MONDAY SCOREBOARD

CLAY CITY 78 EMINENCE 41

EASTSIDE 65 HAMILTON 12

EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN 75 WOOD MEMORIAL 38

FAITH CHRISTIAN 58 S. NEWTON 47

FRANKLIN 60 COLUMBUS NORTH 50

GARY WEST 45 ANDREAN 38

INDIANAPOLIS RITTER 79 INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD 78 OT

LACROSSE 58 ATTICA 27

LAKELAND CHRISTIAN 60 LAKEWOOD PARK 45

MORGAN TWP. 67 SOUTH-CENTRAL UNION MILLS 24

NOBLESVILLE 66 FORT WAYNE LUERS 44

TAYLOR 78 PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY 46

TRI 60 INDIANA DEAF 46

TRINITY LUTHERAN 55 RISING SUN 47

UNION COUNTY 69 LINCOLN 59

WASHINGTON 55 PIKE CENTRAL 30

WAWASEE 39 ELKHART CHRISTIAN 31

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE FINALS

CLASS A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
10:30 AM ET | TECUMSEH (20-8) VS. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (24-4)

CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
APPROX. 12:45 PM ET | FOREST PARK (25-3) VS. FRANKTON (23-5)

CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
6 PM ET | SILVER CREEK (26-2) VS. SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (26-3)

CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
APPROX. 8:15 PM ET | FRANKLIN COMMUNITY (28-1) VS. NOBLESVILLE (24-4)

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/ihsaa/documents/news%20media/2021-22/2021-22%20Girls%20Basketball%20State%20Finals%20Preview.pdf

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLLS

ASSOCIATED PRESS

  1. GONZAGA
  2. ARIZONA
  3. AUBURN
  4. PURDUE
  5. KANSAS
  6. KENTUCKY
  7. DUKE
  8. VILLANOVA
  9. TEXAS TECH
  10. BAYLOR
  11. PROVIDENCE
  12. UCLA
  13. WISCONSIN
  14. HOUSTON
  15. ILLINOIS
  16. USC
  17. TENNESSEE
  18. ARKANSAS
  19. MURRAY STATE
  20. TEXAS
  21. UCONN
  22. OHIO STATE
  23. ST. MARY’S
  24. ALABAMA
  25. IOWA

MEN’S COACHES POLL

  1. GONZAGA
  2. ARIZONA
  3. KENTUCKY
  4. AUBURN
  5. KANSAS
  6. DUKE
  7. PURDUE
  8. VILLANOVA
  9. TEXAS TECH
  10. PROVIDENCE
  11. BAYLOR
  12. WISCONSIN
  13. UCLA
  14. ILLINOIS
  15. HOUSTON
  16. USC
  17. TENNESSEE
  18. ARKANSAS
  19. OHIO STATE
  20. UCONN
  21. MURRAY STATE
  22. TEXAS
  23. ST. MARY’S
  24. MICHIGAN STATE
  25. ALABAMA

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL RPI RANKINGS

  1. KANSAS
  2. AUBURN
  3. ARIZONA
  4. KENTUCKY
  5. VILLANOVA
  6. TENNESSEE
  7. ALABAMA
  8. WISCONSIN
  9. PURDUE
  10. PROVIDENCE
  11. UCLA
  12. ST. MARY’S
  13. BAYLOR
  14. GONZAGA
  15. HOUSTON
  16. TEXAS TECH
  17. DUKE
  18. IONA
  19. COLORADO STATE
  20. ILLINOIS
  21. WYOMING
  22. OHIO STATE
  23. LSU
  24. SAN DIEGO STATE
  25. NORTH TEXAS

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL NET RATING

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

ASSOCIATED PRESS WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

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

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL RPI RATINGS

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

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#10 BAYLOR 66 OKLAHOMA STATE 64 OT

#12 UCLA 66 ARIZONA STATE 52

#22 OHIO STATE 80 INDIANA 69 OT

BOSTON COLLEGE 71 FLORIDA STATE 55

MARYLAND 67 PENN STATE 61

MIDDLE TENNESSEE 77 UTEP 59

NORTH CAROLINA 70 LOUISVILLE 63

SYRACUSE 74 GEORGIA TECH 73 OT

LIBERTY 85 CENTRAL ARKANSAS 66

DRAKE 74 INDIANA STATE 58

LOYOLA CHICAGO 59 ILLINOIS STATE 50

NORTHERN COLORADO 77 IDAHO STATE 70

SOUTHERN UTAH 79 NORTHERN ARIZONA 48

MARSHALL 74 SOUTHERN MISS 60

VALPARAISO 74 EVANSVILLE 69

TCU 77 WEST VIRGINIA 67

TEXAS SOUTHERN 70 ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF 68

SAN FRANCISCO 104 PACIFIC 71

NEW MEXICO STATE 68 SEATTLE 55

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#21 IOWA 88 #10 INDIANA 82

CLEVELAND STATE 80 DETROIT 60

OHIO 69 AKRON 66

GONZAGA 74 SANTA CLARA 58

IDAHO 70 MONTANA 69

PORTLAND 89 ST. MARY’S 84

RICE 60 ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM 55

PENN STATE 79 MICHIGAN STATE 71

BALL STATE 73 WESTERN MICHIGAN 67

TEXAS SOUTHERN 84 ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF 67

BOWLING GREEN 77 KENT STATE 67

MILWAUKEE 50 GREEN BAY 48

SOUTHERN UTAH 90 NORTHERN ARIZONA 67

MONTANA STATE 82 PORTLAND STATE 57

NHL SCOREBOARD

BOSTON 5 COLORADO 1

CAROLINA 4 PHILADELPHIA 3

CALGARY 3 WINNIPEG 1

MONTRÉAL 5 TORONTO 2

VANCOUVER 5 SEATTLE 2

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS/HEADLINES

Medina Spirit stripped of Kentucky Derby victory

(AP) — Medina Spirit was stripped of the victory in last year’s Kentucky Derby and Mandaloun was declared the winner after a ruling by state racing stewards on Monday.

The since-deceased Medina Spirit tested positive after the race last May for a steroid, betamethasone, that is legal in Kentucky but banned on race day.

Medina Spirit finished half a length ahead of Mandaloun in the race, giving trainer Bob Baffert what was then his seventh Kentucky Derby title. Baffert was subsequently banned for two years by Churchill Downs following the positive test.

Monday’s decision by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission makes Medina Sprit the second horse in the 146-year history of the race to be disqualified for a banned substance; the first was Dancer’s Image in 1968, a decision that gave Forward Pass the victory. The only other disqualification was in 2019 when Maximum Security was penalized because of interference.

Following the announcement by the racing stewards, Churchill Downs issued a statement declaring Mandaloun the Kentucky Derby winner and congratulating owner and breeder Juddmonte Farms, trainer Brad Cox and jockey Florent Geroux. Cox becomes the first Louisville native to win the most famous race in the sport, and Mandaloun’s owners will receive the $1.8 million winner’s purse.

“We look forward to celebrating Mandaloun on a future date in a way that is fitting of this rare distinction,” the statement said.

The racing commission also suspended Baffert for 90 days and fined him $7,500 on Monday. The decision followed a Feb. 14 hearing that was closed to the public and media.

Medina Spirit collapsed and died on Dec. 6 of a heart attack following a training run at Santa Anita less than a month after finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar.

Baffert, a Hall of Fame trainer, initially denied wrongdoing after a postrace drug test revealed 21 picograms of betamethasone in the horse’s system. Baffert later acknowledged treating the horse with a topical ointment containing the corticosteroid for a skin inflammation.

Churchill Downs subsequently suspended Baffert, citing a recent spate of failed drug tests by his horses. Baffert sued the racing commission last June, seeking custody of remnant samples of Medina Spirit’s blood and urine for subsequent testing to prove that the steroid did not come from an injection.

Craig Robertson, an attorney for Baffert, said in December that a urine test from a split sample showed the steroid came from an ointment.

Baffert has the option to appeal the stewards’ ruling. His attorneys did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

MLB lockout talks resume in Florida; players, owners on hand

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) With perhaps a week left to salvage opening day, union head Tony Clark attended negotiations on Monday for the first time since Major League Baseball’s lockout began, accompanied by New York Mets stars Max Scherzer, Francisco Lindor and Brandon Nimmo.

The Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt, the Yankees’ Jameson Taillon, the Reds’ Sonny Gray, the Royals’ Whit Merrifield, the Twins’ Taylor Rogers and the Brewers’ Brent Suter also were among the players who arrived for the bargaining session at Roger Dean Stadium, the vacant spring training home of St. Louis and the Miami Marlins. Clark and the players conferred with Bruce Meyer, the union’s chief negotiator, in the right field parking lot before entering the ballpark.

Colorado Rockies CEO Dick Monfort, chairman of the owners’ labor policy committee, was on hand along with San Diego Padres vice chairman Ron Fowler, the immediate past chair of the committee. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred was not present, and the MLB delegation was headed by Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem, the clubs’ lead negotiator.

The site of negotiations is about 3 miles from the home of Scherzer, among the eight players on the union’s executive subcommittee. The Astros’ Jason Castro also attended from the executive subcommittee.

Workouts failed to start on time last Wednesday due to baseball’s ninth work stoppage, its first since 1995.

Monday’s session was just the seventh on core economics since the lockout started Dec. 2, and the sides have met on consecutive days just once, on Jan. 24 and 25. MLB said Friday that it intended to have meetings with the union every day in the coming week.

The lockout entered its 82nd day Monday. MLB on Friday canceled spring training games from Feb. 26 through March 4.

While owners and players have participated by Zoom, the only ones to attend a session in person have been Monfort and free-agent reliever Andrew Miller, on Jan. 24.

Until now, all talks during the lockout had been in New York at the offices of MLB and the players’ association.

MLB told the union that Feb. 28 is the last possible day to reach an agreement to allow openers on March 31, given the desire for four weeks of workouts and additional time to ratify an agreement and have players report to camps in Florida and Arizona.

But the sides agreed to less training time after disrupted spring trainings in 1990, 1995 and 2020.

Gonzaga unanimous No. 1 in AP Top 25; Arizona up to 2

(AP) — Gonzaga is the unanimous No. 1 in the latest Associated Press men’s basketball poll. The Zags aren’t likely to budge the way they’re dominating the West Coast Conference.

Gonzaga remained at No. 1 for the second straight week, receiving all 61 votes from a media panel in the poll released Monday. Arizona moved up a spot to No. 2 for its highest ranking in four years, with Auburn, Purdue and Kansas rounding out the top five.

Gonzaga (23-2, 12-0 WCC) has followed up last year’s run to the national championship game with another dominating regular season. The Zags haven’t lost since Dec. 4 and their lopsided wins over Pepperdine and Santa Clara last week clinched a 10th straight WCC regular-season title.

Gonzaga is winning its WCC games by an average of 27 points, one of the most dominant conference seasons in the past 25 years, according to KenPom.com. The Zags are on pace to match the 2019 team for largest margin of victory in conference games. They have four of the top five spots on that list in the last 25 years, joined by the 1999 Duke team.

“They could win the whole thing,” Pepperdine coach Lorenzo Romar said after an 86-66 loss to Gonzaga last Wednesday. “They have size, they have scoring ability, they can guard.”

Gonzaga closes out the regular season with road games against San Francisco and Saint Mary’s before getting the top seed in the West Coast Conference tournament in Las Vegas.

CLIMBING CATS

Arizona keeps finding ways to win under first-year coach Tommy Lloyd, a longtime Gonzaga assistant.

Picked to finish tied for fourth in the Pac-12 Conference, the Wildcats (24-2, 14-1 Pac-12) have a 2 1/2-game lead over No. 16 Southern California with two weeks left in the regular season.

Arizona shrugged off a shaky start to beat Oregon State 83-69 last Thursday, then outlasted Oregon 84-81 in a high-level game on Saturday.

The wins, combined with Auburn’s loss to Florida, put the Wildcats right behind Gonzaga, where Lloyd coached under Mark Few the previous 22 seasons.

“Weird, cool, awesome – I’m proud of those guys, they’ve got a great team,” Lloyd said. “They’re family and I think they’re happy for us.”

RISING/FALLING

No. 18 Arkansas had the biggest jump of the week, moving up five spots after blowing out Missouri and shutting down No. 17 Tennessee. UConn was next, climbing three spots to No. 21 with wins over Seton Hall and Xavier.

No. 22 Ohio State had the biggest drop of teams still in the poll, falling four spots after losing to Iowa. No. 10 Baylor, No. 11 Providence and No. 15 Illinois all lost three spots.

IN AND OUT

No. 23 Saint Mary’s returned to the poll after a one-week absence following wins over San Francisco and BYU. No. 25 Iowa is ranked for the first time this season following its win over Ohio State.

Michigan State dropped out of the poll from No. 19 with losses to Penn State and Illinois. The Spartans, ranked in the top 10 earlier this season, have lost four of five.

Wyoming’s first stint in the AP Top 25 since 2015 didn’t last long. The Cowboys fell out from No. 22 after splitting against New Mexico and Air Force last week.

CONFERENCE WATCH

The Big 10 and Southeastern conferences had five ranked teams each and the Big 12 four. The Pac-12 and Big East each had three and the West Coast Conference two with the addition of Saint Mary’s.

The Atlantic Coast, American Athletic and Ohio Valley conferences each had one ranked team.

Michigan’s Howard suspended 5 games for Wisconsin melee

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard has been suspended the final five games of the regular season and fined $40,000 for hitting a Wisconsin assistant in the head, triggering a postgame melee.

The Big Ten Conference also on Monday suspended three players one game for the altercation following the Badgers’ 77-63 win on Sunday: Michigan’s Moussa Diabate and Terrance Williams II, and Jahcobi Neath of Wisconsin.

Wisconsin coach Greg Gard was fined $10,000 for violating the conference’s sportsmanship policy, but was not suspended. Howard is expected to be back for the Big Ten tournament, which begins March 9 in Indianapolis.

“After taking time to reflect on all that happened, I realize how unacceptable both my actions and words were, and how they affected so many,” Howard said Monday in a statement released by the university. “I am truly sorry.”

Phil Martelli will serve as Michigan’s interim coach in Howard’s absence. Michigan’s final five regular-season games are home contests with Rutgers on Wednesday, No. 15 Illinois on Sunday, Michigan State on March 1 and No. 25 Iowa on March 3 plus a visit to No. 22 Ohio State on March 6.

“Big Ten Conference coaches and student-athletes are expected to display the highest level of sportsmanship conduct,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said in a statement. “I am grateful for the partnership with Michigan Athletics Director, Warde Manuel and Wisconsin Athletics Director, Chris McIntosh. Our expectation is that the incident yesterday will provide our coaches and student-athletes with the opportunity to reflect, learn and move forward in a manner that demonstrates decorum and leadership on and off of the court.”

Howard, a former NBA player and the reigning Associated Press men’s coach of the year, was upset after Gard called a timeout with 15 seconds left and his team leading by 15 on Sunday.

The altercation began in the postgame handshake line, when Gard grabbed Howard by the arm in an attempt to explain why he called the timeout. Howard yelled “Don’t (expletive) touch me!” and put his right index finger in Gard’s face as the two began to argue.

“At that point, I felt it was time to protect myself,” Howard said in his postgame news conference.

After the two coaches were separated, Howard swung his right hand and struck Wisconsin assistant Joe Krabbenhoft on the left side of the head with an open hand.

“Someone touched me and I think it was very uncalled for, for them to touch me, as we were verbalizing and communicating with one another,” Howard said Sunday. “That’s what escalated it.”

Players from each side got involved in the skirmish, and video appeared to show Diabate and Neath throwing punches.

In his statement Monday, Howard apologized to Krabbenhoft as well as Michigan’s players and their families, his staff, his own family and “Michigan fans around the world.”

“I speak a lot about being a Michigan man and representing the University of Michigan with class and pride,” Howard said. “I did not do that, nor did I set the right example in the right way for my student-athletes. I will learn from this mistake, and this mistake will never happen again. No excuses!”

Gard said Sunday he took the timeout because his backup players had four seconds to get the ball across half court and he wanted to reset the clock to 10 seconds.

“Maybe he doesn’t know the rule, that you get the 10 seconds reset,” Gard said. “I wasn’t going to put my players in that type of situation, to have to break a press in four seconds coming in cold off the bench. I wouldn’t do that for a regular group. I can take a timeout. That gives my players the best chance to have success. So that’s where it started. He said, `I’ll remember that. I’ll remember that.’ I said, `Hey, let me tell you why I did.’ He didn’t want any part of that.”

Wisconsin athletic director Chris McIntosh said after the game that the Badgers had staff members who were “affected and injured,” during the altercation.

“Needless to say, there is no place in college athletics for what happened at the end of Sunday’s game,” McIntosh said Monday in a statement. “Neither Coach Gard nor his staff had any intent to provoke or incite any of what took place. I want to commend those on our staff – and student-athletes – who were trying to de-escalate the situation.

“Our staff has my complete support, as do our student-athletes. I consider the $10,000 fine from the Big Ten to be a `Wisconsin fine’ and not a `Greg Gard fine.’ Wisconsin Athletics will assume the responsibility for paying the fine.”

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel issued a statement Sunday saying that he had apologized to McIntosh and that Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman had contacted Wisconsin Chancellor Rebecca Blank “to apologize for the totally unacceptable behavior.”

“Today’s disciplinary action underscores the seriousness with which we take the incident that unfolded on Sunday,” Manuel said Monday in a statement. “Simply put, there is no room at U-M for the behavior we saw. We will learn from this incident as a department, work to improve ourselves while operating under a spotlight, and move forward in a positive light.”

This isn’t Howard’s first high-profile incident with another Big Ten coach.

Last season, Howard got into a shouting match with then-Maryland coach Mark Turgeon and had to be restrained during the conference tournament. Howard drew two technical fouls and was ejected from a game Michigan ended up winning 79-66.

The Wolverines (14-11, 8-7) started the season with aspirations of contending for the national championship and are closing it trying to earn an NCAA Tournament bid.

Howard is in his third season as Michigan’s coach after being part of Michigan’s Fab Five teams three decades ago. Last season, he helped the Wolverines win the Big Ten title, 23 games and reach the NCAA Tournament regional finals.

Diabate has 5.7 rebounds per game to rank second on Michigan’s team and also averages 9.3 points. Williams is a reserve forward playing 15.4 minutes per game.

Neath is a reserve guard playing 8.9 minutes per game for Wisconsin. He will miss the 13th-ranked Badgers’ game Wednesday at Minnesota.

No. 12 UCLA avoids late collapse, beats Arizona State 66-52

LOS ANGELES (AP) With the memory of their triple-overtime loss at Arizona State still fresh two weeks later, the UCLA Bruins weren’t about to let the rematch slip away on their home court.

Jaylen Clark had 16 points and nine rebounds in his third straight start and the 12th-ranked Bruins avoided a second-half collapse to beat the Sun Devils 66-52 on Monday night for their third consecutive win.

The Bruins (20-5, 12-4 Pac-12) led by 17 in the first half before the Sun Devils began their comeback bid.

“Unless it stayed over 10, I knew it was coming,” UCLA coach Mick Cronin said.

ASU (10-16, 6-10) closed to 46-45 on a basket by Marreon Jackson that capped a 24-12 surge to open the second half.

David Singleton’s 3-pointer beat the shot clock, sparking a 14-2 run that kept UCLA ahead for good. The Bruins made five of seven free throws during that span.

“We really started to ramp up the defense,” said Jules Bernard, who had 16 points and made all seven of his free throws. “We just really picked up our intensity.”

DJ Horne, Jay Heath and Jackson scored nine points each for the Sun Devils, whose three-game winning streak ended.

Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Bruins.

Clark made some crowd-pleasing plays, highlighted by a steal and fast-break dunk in the final 30 seconds. His steal and fast-break layup were part of UCLA’s 18-10 run to close the first half.

“I feel like for this team I’m the Energizer bunny,” Clark said. “I try to be as animated as possible after making crazy plays like that just to get everybody going. I love taking the ball and going down lighting up.”

Johnny Juzang returned to score 10 points after missing Saturday’s game against Washington with a hip injury when he fell off a scooter. He missed his last eight shots in the Bruins’ earlier triple-overtime loss to the Sun Devils and then missed his first two Monday before scoring.

The Bruins were without Tyger Campbell, who hurt his left shoulder on the first possession of Saturday’s game against Washington but played the rest of the way. He participated in shootaround, but his shoulder hurt too much to play. Also sitting was Peyton Watson, who sustained a left knee injury in that same game.

Horne rallied the Sun Devils within six to start the second half. With his team trailing by 13, he scored nine of its first 11 points to close to 38-32, capped by his back-to-back 3-pointers. Heath and Luther Muhammad picked up their third fouls during the same stretch.

ASU kept up the pace on offense and the Bruins went cold on their end. The Sun Devils ran off seven points in a row, with Jamiya Neal’s 3-pointer getting them to 43-39. UCLA missed six of its first eight shots in the half.

“They challenged everything,” Sun Devils coach Bobby Hurley said. “I think that was the finest defensive performance we have faced all year.”

BIG PICTURE

Arizona State: The Sun Devils are trying to close out the regular season strong. Of their four remaining games, the only opponent with a winning record is Colorado. After visiting the Buffaloes and Utah, they return home to host Cal and Stanford. ASU beat Utah in the previous meeting and lost to the other three schools. “We won three in a row and we were right there in this game,” Hurley said. “We just have to execute better in the half court.”

UCLA: Just one of the Bruins’ four remaining regular-season games will be played at Pauley Pavilion, where they are 13-1. Their other three are at Oregon, last-place Oregon State and Washington. Only the Ducks have a winning record, but they’ve lost two in a row.

INJURED JAQUEZ

Jaquez wears braces on both ankles and doesn’t practice in order to be able to play in games. He’s been bothered by ankle injuries at various times this season, but has started all 24 games in which he’s appeared.

“Most guys wouldn’t be playing,” Cronin said. “He would not desert his team, though.”

Jaquez arrives early to get treatment and do rehab work. He came in averaging 12 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

“Today I felt really good out there, the best I’ve felt in a really long time, so I was really happy,” he said.

UP NEXT

Arizona State: At Colorado on Thursday in the middle of a three-game trip. The Sun Devils dropped the first meeting by 18 points.

UCLA: Visits Oregon on Thursday to open a three-game trip. The Bruins lost the first meeting by three points in overtime.

Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska and Rutgers Earn Big Ten Weekly Softball Awards

Co-Player of the Week
Jaelyn Vickery, Illinois
So. – OF – Kankakee, Ill. – Bishop McNamara – Major: Psychology
• Batted .538 with a 1.231 slugging percentage and .538 on-base percentage, two home runs, four RBI, five runs scored and three steals in helping Illinois split four games last weekend at the Razorback invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
• Went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a Fighting Illini win at No. 10 Arkansas on Sunday
• Also went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a home run and two RBI in a Feb. 19 victory over Western Illinois
• Captures her first career Player of the Week honor
• Last Illinois Player of the Week: Delaney Rummell (April 20, 2021)
 
Co-Player of the Week
Sydney Gray, Nebraska
So. – 3B – Tucson, Ariz. – Sabino – Major: Business Administration
• Posted a .438 batting average with a 1.188 slugging percentage and .550 on-base percentage, four home runs, 10 RBI and six runs scored in pacing Nebraska to a 4-1 weekend at the Troy Cox Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M.
• Homered twice and drove in four runs in two games last weekend — Feb. 19 vs. Northern Colorado and Sunday vs. Southeastern Louisiana
• Had at least one hit in all four Huskers’ wins at the tournament
• Earns her first career Player of the Week honor
• Last Nebraska Player of the Week: Abbie Squier (Feb. 14, 2022)
 
Pitcher of the Week
Alex Storako, Michigan
Sr. – RHP – Frankfort, Ill. – Lincoln Way East – Major: Sport Management
• Went 2-0 (both wins coming against ranked opponents) with a 0.50 ERA, 18 strikeouts, two complete games and one shutout last weekend at the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational in Clearwater, Fla.
• Tossed a three-hit shutout with seven strikeouts against No. 24 UCF on Feb. 18
• Came back the next day to go the distance in a win over No. 21 LSU, limiting the Tigers to a run on four hits while fanning 11
• Two-time Academic All-Big Ten Team selection (2020, 2021)
• Collects her sixth career Pitcher of the Week plaudit
• Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Meghan Beaubien (May 18, 2021)
 
Freshman of the Week
Maddie Lawson, Rutgers
IF – Mebane, N.C. – Eastern Alamance – Major: Undeclared
• Hit .500 with a .750 slugging percentage and .529 on-base percentage, with a home run and six RBI last weekend at the Pirate Clash in Greenville, N.C., helping Rutgers win all five tournament games and get off to its best start since 1996 (7-3 record)
• Had three multi-hit games at the tournament, including a three-hit outing on Feb. 19 against Colgate
• Homered, scored twice and drove in three runs in the Feb. 18 tournament opener against Wagner
• Receives her first career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Rutgers Freshman of the Week: Katie Wingert (April 15, 2019)

Michigan, Michigan State and Nebraska Earn Big Ten Weekly Women’s Basketball Awards

Player of the Week
Naz Hillmon, Michigan
Sr. – F – Cleveland, Ohio – Gilmour Academy – Major: Communications and Media
• Posted her 11th double-double of the season Sunday with 29 points and 11 rebounds in No. 9/9 Michigan’s home win over No. 13/13 Maryland
• Connected on 10-of-15 shots from the floor and 9-of-11 from the foul line
• Helped the Wolverines complete their first-ever regular season sweep over the Terrapins
• Earns her eighth career Big Ten Player of the Week award and fourth this season
• Last Michigan Player of the Week: Naz Hillmon (Jan. 31, 2022)
 
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Angel Reese, So., G/F, MD: Registered 17.3 ppg. and 11.0 rpg. with two double-doubles in Maryland’s 2-1 week (all three games were against Top 25 opponents), including 25 points and 13 rebounds in a Feb. 14 win at No. 22/25 Iowa
Veronica Burton, Sr., G, NU: Logged 16.5 ppg., 9.0 apg., 6.5 spg. and 4.5 rpg. in NU’s 1-1 week, including 20 points on Feb. 17 at No. 5/6 Indiana and a near triple-double Sunday at Illinois (13 points, 14 assists, nine steals)
Jacy Sheldon, Jr., G, OSU: Averaged 21.0 ppg., 4.3 apg. and 3.0 spg. with a .556 field-goal percentage in OSU’s 2-1 week, including 22 points at both Illinois (Feb. 14) and No. 13/13 Maryland (Feb. 17)
 
Co-Freshman of the Week
Matilda Ekh, Michigan State
G/F – Vasteras, Sweden – Riksbasketgymnasiet Lulea – Major: Business
• Dropped in a game-high 25 points, two off her career best, in Michigan State’s win at Wisconsin on Feb. 16
• Knocked down 8-of-11 shots, including 5-of-7 three-pointers, and all four of her free throws
• Recorded her fourth 20-point game of the season
• Collects her third Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
• Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: Matilda Ekh (Jan. 24, 2022)
 
Co-Freshman of the Week
Alexis Markowski, Nebraska
F – Lincoln, Neb. – Pius X – Major: Undeclared
• Averaged 16.0 points and 10.3 rebounds per game with a .563 field goal percentage last week in helping Nebraska win two of its three conference games
• Tallied a double-double (10 points, 15 rebounds) in the Huskers’ win over No. 5/6 Indiana on Feb. 14 in Lincoln
• Added 23 points and seven rebounds on Feb. 17 at Penn State, as well as 15 points and nine rebounds Sunday against Minnesota
• Collects her seventh Big Ten Freshman of the Week award, tying for fourth-most in conference history
• Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Alexis Markowski (Feb. 7, 2022)

Wisconsin and Nebraska Receive Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors

Player of the Week
Johnny Davis, Wisconsin
G – So. – 6-5 – La Crosse, Wis. – La Crosse Central

  • Averaged 27.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.0 assist, and 0.5 steals per game in Wisconsin’s two victories last week
  • Recorded 30 points, 12 rebounds, an assist, a block, and a steal in a 74-69 road triumph over Indiana
  • Scored Wisconsin’s final 13 points single-handedly to rally and lead the Badgers to the road win
  • Scored 25 points and added six rebounds, three blocks, and an assist in a 77-63 home victory over Michigan
  • Earns his third career Player of the Week honor
  • Last Wisconsin Player of the Week: Johnny Davis (Jan. 10, 2022)

 
Freshman of the Week
Bryce McGowens, Nebraska
G – 6-7 – Pendleton, S.C. – Legacy Early College

  • Recorded 25 points, three rebounds, an assist, and a steal against Maryland
  • Finished 14-of-15 from the foul line
  • Earns his seventh career Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Bryce McGowens (Feb. 14, 2022)

MAC Announces Baseball Player & Pitchers of the Week

MAC Baseball Player of the Week
Adam Furnas, Bowling Green, First Base              
Senior, Bowling Green, Ohio (Bowling Green)    
Bowling Green senior Adam Furnas showcased a hot bat all weekend for the Falcons. Furnas began the season by going 4-for-7 in the Falcons’ 22-8 victory Friday night (Feb. 18). Two of those hits were doubles for Furnas while adding two RBI and three runs scored to his stat line. The success at the plate continued into the second game of the series. Furnas played a key role in the Falcons’ comeback effort that fell just shy, 9-8, going 2-for-5. Furnas belted his first home run of the season in the game and tallied two more RBI while scoring twice. In the series finale on Sunday (Feb. 20), Furnas continued to see the ball well, going 2-for-4 while scoring once in the 5-4 win to give BGSU a series win over Saint Louis to open the season.
 
MAC Baseball Co-Pitchers of the Week
Adam Filinski, Eastern Michigan, RHP    
Freshman, Howell, Mich. (Detroit Catholic Central)
Eastern Michigan freshman right-hander Adam Falinski was unbelievable in his first career outing, Sunday, Feb. 20 at Winthrop. Falinski led EMU to its first win of the season in his first career start, going 7.0 innings on the bump and allowing just two hits. He struck out six Winthrop hitters and issued just three free passes. Falinski’s outing is the longest of any Eagle thus far in 2022. He leads the league in ERA, opponent batting average (.091), innings pitched (7.0), wins (1), and is fourth in strikeouts. Last season, EMU needed 33 games to record its first shutout. Falinski, with the help of relievers in the eighth and ninth, led EMUs effort to do it in just three this season.
 
Jeremy Spezia, Bowling Green, Relief Pitcher     
Senior, Clinton Township, Mich. (L’Anse Creuse)              
Bowling Green senior Jeremy Spezia was electric out of the bullpen for the Falcons during the opening weekend, playing a key role in both BGSU wins. On Friday (Feb. 18), Spezia entered the game and offered the Falcons four strong innings, allowing just two runs, one earned, on three hits while striking out four. The effort allowed the Falcons to take a commanding lead en route to a 22-8 win with Spezia collected the win on the mound. As for his second appearance of the weekend, Spezia entered in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, the bases loaded and the Falcons up just 5-4. Spezia needed just three pitches to force the game-clinching out to secure the save, his first of the season and 10th of his career. With Spezia’s win and save, the Falcons collected their first series win to open a season since the 2013 campaign.

Kent State’s Carry, Buffalo’s Mballa Named Players of the Week

MAC Men’s Basketball Co-Players of the Week
Sincere Carry, Kent State, Guard      
Redshirt Junior, Solon, Ohio 
Sincere Carry had another enormous week for the Golden Flashes, leading the team to back-to-back wins over the first place team in the conference. He started on Tuesday by going off for 23 points off the bench against Toledo as the Flashes defeated the Rockets on the road. Carry was 10-for-18 from the field, including 3-for-6 from long range. He scored 16 of those points in the opening half to extend the Flashes’ lead. Kent State led by double figures for the entire second half. Carry continued his masterful week with a perfectly orchestrated performance against Ohio in front of a packed crowd in Kent. Carry and the Flashes steamrolled the Bobcats and led by as many as 34 points. The Solon, Ohio native scored 12 points, grabbed five boards and dished out a game-high seven assists. He threw multiple alley oops and no-look passes as the high-flying Flashes extended their winning streak to eight in a row. Kent State currently has the 8th-longest winning streak in the country.
 
Josh Mballa, Buffalo, Forward         
Senior, Bordeux, France (Putnum Science Academy)         
Playing three games in five days, including two of those on the road, senior Josh Mballa led the Bulls to a 3-0 record by averaging a double-double with 19.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. He shot just over 55% from the floor and knocked down 19 of his 22 free throws.  His dominating week began on Tuesday at Bowling Green where Mballa had 20 points and 11 boards, including a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line. He added 19 points and 13 rebounds just two days later at Eastern Michigan and wrapped the week up with another 20 point game in Buffalo’s win against Western Michigan on Saturday.
  
Other Nominees
Payton Sparks, Ball State, C  
Freshman, Winchester, Ind. (Winchester)   
Payton Sparks led the Cardinals with 15.5 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per contest. He was one of just three MAC players to record a double-double during the week. Sparks notched 16 points and brought down eight rebounds against NIU. Against Bowling Green, he recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
 
Samari Curtis, Bowling Green, Guard          
Junior, Xenia, Ohio (Xenia)   
Samari Curtis paced the Falcons in both of their games this past week. Curtis began against Buffalo by posting a team-high 19 points in the contest while adding a team-high three assists on top of three rebounds to his stat line. As for the game against Ball State, Curtis once again led the Falcons in both points and assists, this time with 18 points and six assists. He also added two rebounds and two steals in the game.
 
Noah Farrakhan, Eastern Michigan, Guard  
Freshman, Newark, N.J. (The Patrick School)          
Freshman Noah Farrakhan had three impressive games for Eastern Michigan this week, averaging 19.6 points per game for the Eagles. Farrakhan is now fourth all-time in freshman scoring in Eastern Michigan history, behind James Thompson IV, Ray Lee, and Earl Boykins. Farrakhan shot a total of 24-of-49 (49%) and tallied 59 points. Eastern Michigan recorded its second win since January 11, defeating Central Michigan, 75-70, Feb. 15. Farrakhan’s week started on Feb. 15, at Central Michigan where he scored 24 points on 9-of-17 (52.9%) from the field. In addition, he had four rebounds and four assists playing 27 minutes against the Chippewas. The freshman also went a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line and made four clutch free throws in the closing seconds to help EMU earn the win. In Eastern Michigan’s game versus Buffalo, Feb. 17, Farrakhan tallied 14 points on 6-of-15 (40%) shots from the field. The guard also recorded four rebounds and two assists in the contest. Additionally, he contributed on defense, tallying multiple steals (2) for the the eighth time this season. In his most recent game, Farrakhan scored 21 points, scoring 43.7% of Eastern Michigan’s points in its loss against Akron, Feb. 19. The freshman also went 9-of-17 (52.9%) from the floor against the Zips. It is the first time this season where the freshman had two games in the same week making more than 50% of his shots from the floor. The Newark, N.J. native saw 35 minutes of game action versus Akron, tied for his fifth-highest most minutes logged in a single game this season.
 
Dae Dae Grant, Miami, Guard          
Junior, Lorain, Ohio (Lorain) 
Dae Dae Grant average 20.5 ppg, shooting 50.0 percent from 3-poin range, 42.9 percent from the field and 100 percent from the free throw line to lead Miami in a pair of games last week. Grant collected his ninth 20-point scoring performance of the season with 22 points in a hard-fought game at Ohio. He tallied nine field goals, three coming from beyond the arc. He added three assists, three rebounds and one steal to his line. Grant led all scorers in a dramatic win at Northern Illinois with 19 points. He sunk two critical free throws with eight seconds to go to put Miami up one in the 78-75 win. He was 3-for-4 (.750) from three-point range and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line against the Huskies. Grant added four assists, three blocked shots, one steal and one blocked shot in the win at NIU.
 
Keshawn Williams, NIU, Guard        
Sophomore, Chicago Heights, Ill. (Bloom)   
Keshawn Williams helped the Huskies to a pair of road wins at Ball State and Akron as he averaged a team-best 15.7 points for the week. On Tuesday (Feb. 15), Williams netted 19 points, including a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line, along with five rebounds and two assists, as NIU won in Muncie, 64-58. Two days later at Akron (Feb. 17), Williams helped the Huskies to their first road win against the Zips since 2008 as he scored 15 points, with four rebounds and three assists, going 7-of-8 from the free-throw line, in a 66-63 victory. The Chicago Heights, Ill., native concluded the week with 13 points against Miami (Feb. 19).
 
Ben Vander Plas, Ohio, Forward      
RS Senior, Ripon, Wis./ Ripon          
Redshirt senior forward Ben Vander Plas helped lead the Bobcats last week. The Redshirt senior forwards efforts help Ohio go 1-1 on the week. Overall, Vander Plas averaged 20.0 points and 9.0 rebounds a game. He added 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals a game. He also went 11-of-21 (.524) from the field, 3-of-9 from three and was 15-of-16 from the line. Vander Plas’ best game of the week came on Feb. 15 against Miami. Vander Plas finished the game with a career-high 30 points, going 9-of-12 from the field, 3-of-6 from three and 9-of-10 from the line. He also grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out six assists and had three steals in Ohio’s 91-78 victory. Vander Plas was back on the court on Feb. 18 at Kent State, scoring 10 points and grabbing eight rebounds. He went 6-of-6 from the line and recorded and assist and one steal.
 
RayJ Dennis, Toledo, Guard
Junior, Plainfield, Ill. (Oswego)        
Junior guard RayJ Dennis averaged 15.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 3.5 apg and shot 54.2 percent (13-of-24) from the field in Toledo’s two games last week. Dennis opened the week by tallying a team-high 21 points as well as five rebounds and four assists vs. Kent State. He also knocked down 9-of-16 shots from the field. Dennis followed that effort with 10 points and a team-high eight boards in a home win over Central Michigan.

NFL and XFL collaborating on player safety and health data

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL is collaborating with the XFL for player safety and health data.

The XFL, which plans to relaunch in 2023, will be working with the NFL on physical and mental fitness programs for players, the study of playing surfaces and equipment, and the sharing of game trends and data.

“We are extremely pleased to collaborate with the NFL in these important areas,” said Dany Garcia, co-owner of the XFL, which also has Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson among its ownership group. “We are bringing forward an XFL that is progressive and forward thinking when it comes to innovation, leveraging the newest technology to enhance game-day experience. We have an open field for innovative rules to enhance in-game access.

“Sharing insights and practices between the XFL and NFL will do a tremendous amount of good for the game of football and support the player ecosystem overall.”

Also potentially in the works between the leagues could be international football development and scouting, and officiating, including the testing of game rules for player protection as well as technologies to enhance officiating.

“The XFL has shown us that innovation is one of its core principles. We are hopeful that this relationship will support further development and improvements in the game of football at all levels.” said Troy Vincent, who oversees NFL football operations.

The XFL is not planning to become a developmental league for the NFL.

Hull no longer connected to Blackhawks as team ambassador

CHICAGO (AP) Hall of Fame forward Bobby Hull is no longer serving as a team ambassador for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Hull played for Chicago for 15 years, collecting 604 goals and 549 assists. He was named a Blackhawks ambassador in a ceremony with fellow Hall of Famer Stan Mikita in 2008.

The Blackhawks said Monday they are redefining the role of team ambassador after Mikita died in 2018 and Tony Esposito passed away in August.

“When it comes to Bobby, specifically, we jointly agreed earlier this season that he will retire from any official team role,” the team said in a statement.

Hull, 83, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983 and had his No. 9 sweater retired by the Blackhawks that same year. While Hull was a star player, he has had several troubling episodes off the ice over the years.

Hull was convicted of assaulting a police officer who intervened in a dispute with then-wife Deborah in 1986. He also was accused of battery, but that charge was dropped after Deborah told authorities she didn’t want to testify against her husband, a state attorney told the Chicago Tribune.

Hull’s second wife, Joanne, accused him of abuse during an interview with ESPN for a 2002 show.

A Russian newspaper reported in 1998 that Hull said Adolf Hitler “had some good ideas.” Hull denied making the comment, calling it “false and defamatory.”

Flames top Jets, tie franchise mark with 10-game win streak

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Elias Lindholm’s go-ahead goal with 47 seconds remaining extended his goal streak to eight games and the Calgary Flames tied a franchise record with their 10th consecutive victory, winning 3-1 over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.

The 10-game winning streak ties a franchise record. It was done on two occasions, the previous time was in 2016-17 with the streak beginning five years ago Monday. The other time was in 1978-79, when the franchise was in Atlanta.

“Ten in a row is nice,” Lindholm said. “We were struggling a little bit there before we started this streak. It’s nice to see it go in. It was a tough game, it was tight. Not a lot of chances, but we stuck with it.”

Sean Monahan and Tyler Toffoli, into an empty net, also scored for Calgary. Jacob Markstrom got the start for Calgary, making 22 stops.

Dominic Toninato scored for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck had 28 saves for the Jets.

After winning five games in a row by three or more goals, the past two outings have been hard-fought defensive struggles. Calgary got a third-period goal to win 2-1 over Seattle on Saturday. It was a similar script on Monday.

On the go-ahead goal, Johnny Gaudreau sent a shot toward the net that Lindholm got his stick on, the puck changing directions and eluding Hellebuyck.

“Quick transition, I just brought it back up the ice,” Gaudreau said. “I saw (Oliver Kylington) going back door and I saw (Lindholm) in front so I just chucked it there and great tip by Lindy.”

Lindholm has been the hottest Flames player during the streak with a team-best 16 points. He now shares the record for consecutive games with a goal with Kent Nilsson and Gary Roberts. He also extends his points streak to 10 games (nine goals, seven assists).

“It’s just a good feeling. You have confidence and you feel like you have a chance on every shot,” Lindholm said.

Lindholm has had three consecutive game-winning goals.

“Goal scoring is one thing, lots of guys are scoring goals, but don’t score big goals or at playoff time, don’t get scoring chances,” Flames coach Darryl Sutter said. “He scores big goals which usually translates into the next part.”

It looked as if Lindholm had a goal in the second period. At 11:36 with the score 1-1, Lindholm knocked in a pass from Matthew Tkachuk.

However, the Jets challenged for offside and, upon video review, the goal was overturned with Lindholm crossing the blue line just ahead of the puck being carried in by Oliver Kylington.

After a scoreless first period in which neither team generated much, the Flames opened the scoring 1:07 into the second on the power play. Monahan got the puck from Andrew Mangiapane and put a wrist shot over Hellebuyck’s shoulder from 20 feet.

The Jets tied it at 7:39 with Toninato deflecting in mid-air Neal Pionk’s point shot.

It was another solid game for Calgary’s third-ranked penalty kill. The Flames have allowed one power-play goal in the past 10 games, going 24 for 25 over that stretch.

The Flames also set an NHL record by completing a perfect seven-game homestand. It’s the first time in league history that a team swept a homestand of seven or more games.

“It’s a blast,” Gaudreau said about the mood among his teammates. “Obviously, we’re winning games, we’re playing well, we’re doing better at practice. It’s nice that we get to stay in Calgary. We’ve been in Calgary for a while now.”

The Jets dropped the opener of a four-game trip that continues in Dallas on Wednesday.

“I’m sure we can find some positives. I think at this point of the year it’s about wins,” said Winnipeg center Pierre-Luc Dubois. “Calgary’s a good team. Nobody thought it was going to be an easy game, but it could’ve gone either way tonight. Unfortunately it went their way. It’s a playoff race right now. Can’t be losing too many games.”

The Jets are seven points back of the Los Angeles Kings for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

“I think as a group we’re disappointed,” Jets coach Dave Lowry said. “We made a mistake and it ended up in the back of the net. We played a real solid, committed team game and there should be disappointment.”

NOTES: Winnipeg C Andrew Copp (upper body) missed his third game. … Calgary tweaked its lines with Milan Lucic moving up to play with Monahan and Toffoli while Dillon Dube dropped down to the fourth line with Adam Ruzicka and Trevor Lewis. … Calgary’s penalty kill is No. 1 at home, only allowing four power-play goals on 54 chances at the Saddledome.

UP NEXT

Jets: at Dallas on Wednesday night.

Flames: at Vancouver on Thursday night.

NFL scouting combine loosens virus rules after blowback

(AP) — Players attending the NFL’s scouting combine won’t have to stay in a “bubble” as originally ordered after organizers loosened regulations Monday night after getting blowback for strict COVID-19 rules issued over the weekend.

In a memo sent to all invitees and obtained by The Associated Press on Monday night, the National Invitational Combine said, “We encourage all players to remain within the secure Combine areas at all times for your safety.

“However, if you would like to leave the secure areas during free time in your schedule, you are now permitted to do so at your own risk.”

The memo indicated prospects would still be limited to a single support person such as an athletic trainer or massage therapist they can bring to the combine, although players will be free to meet with others off-site.

“As has been the case throughout the pandemic, we continue to evolve our Combine policies and procedures in consultation with medical experts,” the memo said. “While masks continue to be required for air travel and during medical exams at the Combine (players and medical personnel), wearing a mask at other times while on site is recommended, but not required.”

The memo said that if players preferred “to remain in the secure areas and have approved medical support personnel (physical therapist, massage therapist, or approved athletic trainer) enter the secure area to provide medical treatments, please follow the previously communicated procedure” in which they would have to register that individual for approval by the NIC.

The changes came 48 hours after prospects were told in a memo they would be restricted to a “bubble” while at the combine, which rankled players and their agents.

The idea of a boycott was bandied about in response to the rules issued over the weekend, but several agents said they couldn’t in good conscience advise their clients to skip the combine, which will take place in Indianapolis March 1-7.

“I understand their grievances,” agent Leigh Steinberg said Monday before the rules were eased. He noted that most of the 324 prospects invited to the combine have been training with a team of specialists “and they want to take their trainers with them to the combine, and they might want access to their agent. They might have family members. And they may have an entire support group both for their physical and emotional health – and the NFL regulations seem unduly restrictive.

“Having said that, we will send our players because this is the Super Bowl of scouting events,” Steinberg added. “And you have players who have worked their whole lives to prepare for the NFL draft.”

Agent Joe Linta concurred, saying, “It’s not the time to be guinea pigs for change and use your career” as a bargaining chip.

“It’s also in the interests of the NFL to have full participation,” Steinberg said.

The organization that oversees the operation of the annual NFL scouting combine informed draft prospects in a memo Saturday that they’d be in a bubble in secure locations, and that any player who violates the policy “at any time will be disqualified from further participation and sent home.”

These logistical decisions were made by the National Invitational Camp, which runs the combine, and not the National Football League itself.

The NFL resisted the idea of a “bubble” even during the height of the pandemic. And the league lifted almost all COVID-19 restrictions late in the season after dozens of players ended up contracting the Omicron variant in December. For the second year in a row there were no disruptions to the playoffs caused by the pandemic.

The memo added that players will be allowed to “invite one medical support person to assist them during the event.” That could be an athletic trainer, a massage therapist or physical therapist, for instance, subject to approval by the combine.

Steinberg suggested that’s unduly restrictive.

“There are weight coaches, there are speed coaches, there are masseuses, nutritionists. There’s a whole group of people surrounding each of these athletes,” Steinberg said. “And at the end of the day, these are heavier restrictions in terms of preventing COVID than exist outside of football.”

Linta questioned why the virus mitigation measures were only announced in the last few days, especially because the Omicron wave has begun to subside: “And now is the time where you could have relaxed the rules. So, for them to implement the rules now, when COVID has gotten better, is a head scratcher for me.”

Anyone with access to players at the combine must provide proof of vaccination against the coronavirus and proof of a booster shot, if eligible. Also, medical personnel performing exams or providing treatment have to wear masks.

Face coverings are recommended for players and attendees at the combine but not required.

Last year’s combine was scuttled because of the coronavirus, as were in-person visits, leading teams to rely on athletes’ pro days in making their draft evaluations.

This year, the combine is set to return in person but with key changes that include fewer days on site, a reduced testing schedule and single-room accommodations, but the bubble is no longer part of the equation.

Djokovic wins his first match of 2022 in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Novak Djokovic won his first match of the year when he beat Lorenzo Musetti 6-3, 6-3 to open the Dubai Championships on Monday.

Djokovic couldn’t defend his Australian Open title last month because he was deported from the country for being unvaccinated.

The United Arab Emirates allowed him entry, and Djokovic cashed in at a tournament he’s won five times.

Musetti took two sets off Djokovic at the French Open last year but, on a breezy Dubai evening, the Italian wild card couldn’t convert bags of break chances while trailing 3-1 in the first set and 4-2 in the second.

“I have to be satisfied with my tennis, especially after not playing for two and a half, three months,” Djokovic said on court. “Of course, there were moments when I played great, there were moments when I made a couple of unforced errors in a row uncharacteristically. But it’s normal to expect that (in my) first match after a while.”

He next faces Karen Khachanov or Alex de Minaur.

Andy Murray won his first match in Dubai since his title run in 2017. He beat Australian qualifier Christopher O’Connell 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-5 after nearly three hours.

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Indiana Falls at No. 22/19 Ohio State in Overtime

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It’s not about how you start. Xavier Johnson proved that.

Concede nothing. Race Thompson played to that.

Rise to the challenge. Tamar Bates did his crunch-time part.

It wasn’t enough.

On the verge of a crucial victory at top-25 Ohio State Monday night, with a late lead and all the momentum, Indiana couldn’t close.

The 80-69 overtime loss was a fist to the gut for Hoosier postseason hopes, a fifth straight loss that reflected a season of what might have been. They are 16-10 overall, 7-9 in the Big Ten.

“This was a winnable game,” coach Mike Woodson told Voice of the Hoosiers Don Fischer in the post-game radio show. “We just didn’t make the plays down the stretch.”

After wrecking Ohio State’s offense for most of the second half, after brutalizing the Buckeyes with a 17-4 edge in second-chance points, after overcoming the loss of three guards (Rob Phinisee, Khristian Lander and Trey Galloway) to injury, the Hoosiers gave up an overtime forcing dunk to Ohio State forward E.J. Liddell, and then got steam rolled in the extra period.

“We ran out of juice in overtime,” Woodson told Fischer, “but it should never have gotten to that.

“We just couldn’t finish it off. We give up a dunk with four seconds left. That can’t happen. That was the difference in us not winning.”

Indiana built a 63-59 lead as the clock approached the final minute. A turnover gave the Buckeyes a chance. They made the most of it.

“We were up four and throw the ball away,” Woodson told Fischer. “Those are the little things that are the difference in winning and losing.

“In that possession, if we at least get to the free throw line, we get an opportunity to extend the lead, which we weren’t able to do.”

Once again, a victory that was there for the taking wasn’t. IU has lost twice in overtime, and six other times by nine or fewer points.

“I wish I had the magic pill to get them over the hump,” Woodson said in the post-game press conference, “because again, we’re right there.”

For Johnson, the first nine minutes were a disaster — five turnovers, no assists, 1-for-5 shooting.

He shook it off.

Woodson gave him the chance to shake it off.

Johnson finished with 16 points and made all 10 of his free throws. In his final 30 minutes, he had four assists and one turnover, plus two steals, and ran the offense the way Woodson demanded.

“I can’t fault Xavier,” Woodson said. “He was fighting pretty much the whole game.”

Thompson willed the Hoosiers with his 13 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals, sparking a defense that shook Ohio State (17-7, 10-5) to the breaking point, but not beyond it.

Bates, on his 19th birthday, played to an upperclassman crunch-time poise with seven crucial points.

“Tamar hit some big shots coming down the stretch,” Woodson told Fischer.

IU arrived with more guard injury bad news. Galloway (lower body) and Lander (sore leg) were sidelined along with Phinisee, who hasn’t played since Jan. 26 against Penn State because of a foot injury.

That sent Parkter Stewart back into the starting lineup, and he responded with 11 points. He was 3-for-4 on three-pointers.

“I just go out there and follow the game plan and play hard to try to help the team win,” Stewart said. “If coach wants me to be more assertive or calls a play for me than that is what I’ll do as well. I do what’s asked of me and trust coach will lead the team in the right direction.

The Hoosiers fell behind 17-12, surged ahead 18-17 on consecutive Stewart three-pointers and reached halftime down 33-28. Trayce Jackson-Davis led with 10 points and six rebounds.

IU’s defense sprung early second-half leaks as Ohio State pushed ahead by eight. The first time it happened, Woodson let the Hoosiers play. The second time, he called a timeout to fix it.

The Buckeyes built a series of 10-point leads, then went ahead 50-39. IU ratcheted up the defense, picked up the offense and closed to 55-54 with 7:11 left.

Jackson-Davis hit a pair of free throws for a 56-55 Hoosier lead. That was part of a 14-2 run as IU went ahead 59-55, and then 63-59.

It was poised for victory.

But the Buckeyes scored four points in the last 55 seconds to force overtime.

In extra period, Johnson made four free throws and assisted on a Thompson dunk, but it wasn’t enough. Ohio State scored the final 10 points to clinch the victory.

Next up — Thursday’s home game against Maryland.

“It’s the little things we’ve got to clean up,” Woodson told Fischer. “We have to keep working. Go home and get ready for Maryland.”

And then, a final thought.

“As a coach, I always put it on myself. I’ve got to get these guys over the hump.”

No. 10 IU Lets One Slip Away At Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Indiana led by as many as 12 but let the lead slip away in the second half as it came up short, 88-82, at Iowa on Monday night.

KEY MOMENTS

Iowa took a 9-2 lead early, but Indiana battled right back with a 12-0 run of its own on a Berger and-1 with 5:08 remaining. With the lead trimmed to one, IU got back-to-back buckets from Berger and senior forward Aleksa Gulbe on a second chance opportunity to make it 21-15.

The Hoosiers capitalized 11 points off turnovers in the first quarter, but the Hawkeyes would take the edge, 26-23, at the end of one on a pair at the line.

A 12-0 run midway through the second quarter gave IU its largest lead of the game as graduate student guard Nicole Cardaño-Hilary turned the corner and scored with 2:34 to go before the half. Iowa came within single digits in with six seconds remaining, but it was just enough time for Berger to get the inbound pass and drive to the rim as Indiana took a 52-41 lead at the break.

IU would hang on to the lead through the third quarter, including a pair of 10-point leads as Gulbe cleaned up an offensive board with 7:15 to play.

Junior forward Mackenzie Holmes helped put the lead back to seven with just over three minutes to play as the two teams battled with Indiana maintaining a four-point edge, 66-62, going into the final period.

The home team shot 69.2 percent in the fourth quarter and scored 26 points as it gained the lead with 5:04 left. Indiana came within as few as three on two occasions but hit just one bucket in the final 1:12 of play.

NOTABLE

Berger notched her sixth 20-point game of the season with a team-high 22 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists.

Three others scored in double figures with 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting from Cardaño-Hillary, 13 points from junior forward Mackenzie Holmes and 11 points from graduate student guard Ali Patberg.

On a bucket with 2:06 to play in the first quarter, Gulbe became the 31st player in Indiana women’s basketball history to score 1,000 points. She becomes the program’s fourth-active player with 1,000 points in her IU career, joining Berger, Holmes and Patberg. It’s the first time in program history the roster will feature four 1,000-point scorers.

Indiana scored 30 points off Iowa’s 21 turnovers, 13 second-chance points, 12 points off fast breaks and 15 bench points.

As a team, IU collected 12 steals with Berger and Cardaño-Hillary each picking up three. 

The Hoosiers lost the battle on the boards, 37-27.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will end the regular season on Friday, Feb. 25 at Maryland. Tipoff in College Park is set for 8 p.m. ET.

Baseball Postpones Game at Miami (Ohio)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana baseball program will have to reschedule its first midweek contest of the season, as the game originally scheduled for Tuesday (Feb. 22) at Miami (Ohio) will not be played due to forecasted rain in the region. The two teams will look to reschedule at a later date.

Indiana will now turn its attention to the Karbach Round Rock Classic at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. The Hoosiers will kick off the event at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT against No. 2 Arkansas. The game will be available on the Indian Hoosiers Radio Network via IUHoosiers.com and on FloBaseball, a subscription-based web streaming service.

Men’s Soccer Sets Spring Schedule

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana men’s soccer head coach Todd Yeagley announced Monday (Feb. 21) that the Hoosiers will play in five exhibition matches this spring.

IU’s 2022 spring schedule includes four opponents that earned NCAA Tournament berths in 2021. The Hoosiers will play two matches on the road, two neutral site games and one match at home on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium on April 16.

Indiana’s slate kicks off on Saturday (Feb. 26) afternoon as it travels to Indianapolis to play Butler at the Butler Bowl. The two teams met in Bloomington in August in a 1-0 win for the Hoosiers, decided by sophomore Joey Maher’s 29th minute goal. Following the in-state matchup, IU’s four remaining matches will be played in April.

IU will return to exhibition action on Saturday, April 2, when they head to St. Louis to face the Saint Louis Billikens, who made an Elite Eight run in the fall. The contest will be a homecoming for several St. Louis, Missouri, natives on Indiana’s roster, including its star center back duo of junior Daniel Munie and sophomore Joey Maher.

A week later, the Hoosiers visit fellow Sweet 16 finisher Kentucky on Saturday, April 9. The two programs last met in the 2019 NCAA Tournament Second Round when the Hoosiers cruised to a 3-0 victory from a Victor Bezerra hat trick.

On Saturday, April 16, at 3 p.m. ET, the Hoosiers will host their lone home match of the spring when they welcome Lipscomb to Bill Armstrong Stadium. Lipscomb earned a spot in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, where they suffered a 4-2 defeat to Hofstra in the opening round.

To close out the spring, Indiana and 2021 NCAA College Cup participant Notre Dame will meet halfway at the Grand Park Sports Campus in Indianapolis on Friday, April 22. IU and Notre Dame opened the 2021 season with an overtime thriller on August 27 as junior Ben Yeagley’s golden goal gave Indiana the 3-2 win.

Indiana’s 2022 spring schedule is subject to change.

Boilermakers Seventh After 36 Holes in Houston

HOUSTON – Purdue Women’s Golf ended the first day of the ICON Invitational in seventh place, ahead of two Top 25 teams as part of a competitive field playing The Golf Club of Houston. The Boilermakers found themselves at 5-over, which included a 1-under 287 in the opening round, ahead of ranked opponents No. 23 Ole Miss (+10) and No. 20 TCU (+14).

Making her spring debut, junior Kan Bunnabodee paced Purdue by playing the first 36 holes even par. The Chonburi, Thailand, native carded a 2-under 70 in round one, recording four birdies along the way. She began her afternoon round with two birdies through her first seven holes before settling for a 74 (+2). Bunabodee sits in a tie for 17th with 18 holes to play.

Ashley Kozlowski had Purdue’s round of the day, firing a 3-under 69 in the opening round. The sophomore started out hot with three birdies in six holes to make the turn to the front side. Back-to-back birdies pushed Kozlowski to 5-under and only one shot off the lead. The two birdies were followed by consecutive bogeys, but pars over the final four holes resulted in the low round for the Boilermaker. She is tied for 23rd at 1-over through two rounds of play.

Jocelyn Bruch and Inez Wanamarta cracked the top 30 after 36 holes, ending the day at 2-over par. Bruch improved after an opening-round 75 (+3) by posting red figures in the afternoon. With the help of three birdies, the redshirt-freshman carded a 1-under 71 for Purdue’s lowest second round. Wanamarta stayed consistent with a pair of 73s (+1), tied for 28th alongside her teammate Bruch.

Purdue has one more chance to move up the leaderboard. The Boilermakers tee off at 9 a.m. ET for the final round, paired alongside Tennessee (+6) and Maryland (+9).

For updates throughout tomorrow’s final round, follow Purdue Women’s Golf on Twitter @PurdueWGolf.

BOILERMAKERS

T17. Kan Bunnabodee: 70-74—144 (E)

T23. Ashley Kozlowski: 69-76—145 (+1)

T28. Jocelyn Bruch: 75-71—146 (+2)

T28. Inez Wanamarta: 73-73—146 (+2)

T58. Daniela Ballesteros: 76-76—152 (+8)

TEAM LEADERBOARD

1. #22 USC: 270-281—551 (-25)

2. Illinois: 287-280—567 (-9)

3. #2 Oklahoma State: 285-283—568 (-8)

T4. #16 Texas A&M: 290-289—579 (+3)

T4. Houston: 289-290—579 (+3)

T4. Texas Tech: 288-291—579 (+3)

7. Purdue: 287-294—581 (+5)

8. Tennessee: 295-287—582 (+6)

9. Maryland: 290-295—585 (+9)

T10. #23 Ole Miss: 290-296—586 (+10)

T10. Michigan State: 289-297—586 (+10)

12. #20 TCU: 294-296—590 (+14)

13. North Texas: 292-301—593 (+17)

14. Colorado: 296-300—596 (+20)

15. Texas State: 301-311—612 (+36)

Butler WBB at Seton Hall Tuesday Afternoon

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler will play at Seton Hall Tuesday afternoon at 2 PM. this game was rescheduled due to COVID-19 and marks the final true road test of the season.

Bulldog Bits

– Celena Taborn leads the NCAA in FG% (68.5). She is shooting 66.4% in BIG EAST action.

– Tenley Dowell, Emilia Sexton, and Sydney Jaynes are the only Bulldogs to play in all 24 games this year.

– Sydney Jaynes led Butler in scoring for the first time in her BU career Sunday night with 12 points vs. Xavier.

Scouting Seton Hall                                                                              

The Pirates have three players scoring in double figures on a nightly basis this season. Lauren Park-Lane, Andra Espinoz-Hunter and Sidney Cooks will all be on the BU scouting report. Park-Lane is a point guard that averages 17.2 points and 6.9 assists per game, leading SHU in each category. Espinoza-Hunter averages 16.5 points per game and is the best 3-point shooter on the roster. Head Coach Anthony Bozzella also added a new wrinkle to the program in the offseason. Sidney Cooks arrived on campus after previous stops at Michigan State and Mississippi State. The 6-4 forward leads the team in made field goals and rebounds (7.5). SHU is currently sixth in the BIG EAST standings with a 9-8 record. The team is 14-11 overall with impressive wins over Marquette (69-57) and Villanova (72-60). They are coming off a tough home loss to Creighton in double-overtime (97-91).

All-Time Series vs. Seton Hall                                                             

Butler trails Seton Hall in the all-time series 13-5. The Pirates have won the last seven meetings. Butler’s last win came just four days into 2019. They won 62-59 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Last Meeting vs. Seton Hall                                                                

Seton Hall held Butler without a field goal for the first 7:12 of the fourth quarter to defeat the Bulldogs 72-56 in Hinkle Fieldhouse. During Butler’s fourth-quarter drought, The Hall out-scored the Bulldogs 14-2 to open a significant lead. Five Pirates reached double-figures in scoring, led by Andra Espinoza-Hunter, who had team-highs of 21 points and seven rebounds. Lauren Park-Lane notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists with only two turnovers. Butler was led by Tenley Dowell and her career-high 17 points. Dowell hit 5 of her 11 shot attempts, including three from 3-point range. She led BU with nine rebounds in the setback.

Last Game                                                                                                            

The Musketeers won for the second time in their last three games as five finished in double figures, including a game-high 15 points for Ayanna Townsend. Shaila Beeler notched her second double-digit assist game of the season with 10 dimes as Xavier assisted on 23 of its 33 made field goals. The visiting Musketeers took the lead with 8:15 left in the first quarter and never looked back thanks to its hottest shooting performance of the conference slate (.524). Sydney Jaynes led the Bulldogs with 12 points off 4-of-8 shooting, while Tenley Dowell added 11 points, including a trio of made threes.

Taborn For Two!                                                                                                 

Celena Taborn is on pace to break the Butler single-season field goal percentage record. The Furman transfer has made 113 of her 165 attempts (68.5%). The current record is 65.5% held by Liesl Schultz. Schultz has her name listed three total times in the top ten. She shot 65.5 percent (55-84) in the 1991-92 season. She shot 60.4% (142-235) in the 1993-94 campaign and 59.6% (165-227) in 1994-95.

Sexton For 3!                                                                                         

Emilia Sexton leads Butler with 38 made 3-pointers this season. The senior from Louisville made five triples early in the year vs. SIUE, matched that total with five more at Xavier, and also sank five vs. DePaul on Jan. 21. 38 of her 50 made field goals this season have been from behind the arc. Those numbers mirror her career stats with Sexton making 81 of her 107 field goals at BU from long distance.

Get the Board                                                                                        

Tenley Dowell or Celena Taborn have led BU in the rebound column in 19 of the team’s 24 games this year. Dowell has led BU 10 times; Taborn has led nine times. On Sunday against Xavier, Alex Richard stepped up to lead BU with seven rebounds.

Run the Point                                                                                        

Zoe Jackson has twice as many assists this season than any other player on the roster. The true freshman has dished out 69 assists this year to average 3.0 per contest. She has led Butler in assists 12 times this year.

Starting Five Shuffle                                                                             

Butler has used 14 different starting lineups over 23 games this season. The combination of Celena Taborn, Trinity White, Zoe Jackson, Alex Richard and Kendall Wingler have been used the most this year (five times). Butler rolled out Taborn, Jaynes, Jackson, Dowell and Sexton against the Musketeers. Taborn has started in 19 consecutive games. Dowell has the second longest streak on the team with 12-straight starts.

Fantastic Freshmen                                                                              

Butler freshmen have scored 769 of the 1,378 Bulldog points this season (55.8%). BU first-year players scored 28 of the team’s 54 points against Xavier. A freshman has led BU in scoring 10 times this year, including Sunday with Sydney Jaynes scoring 12 points against the Musketeers.

Up Next                                                                                                                  

Butler will host two games at Hinkle Fieldhouse this weekend. On Friday night, Villanova will visit Indianapolis for the team’s “Think Pink Game”. All those in attendance are encouraged to wear pink to the 7 PM tip. Sunday will be Senior Day for Celena Taborn, Genesis Parker, Emilia Sexton and Ellen Ross.

Four Score In Double Figures As Women’s Basketball Moves Past WMU, 73-67

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s basketball team (15-10, 8-7 MAC) started this week’s home and away series against Western Michigan (14-11, 8-8 MAC) with a 73-67 victory over the Broncos Monday night in Worthen Arena. 

The Cardinals were unstoppable tonight in the paint scoring 42 points. Another category that stood out was rebounds, with Ball State out rebounding Western Michigan, 43-34. 

Ball State also had the lead over Western Michigan for 33:21 over the 40-minute duration tonight. 

Both teams struggled from the floor in the opening 10 minutes of action but on the other hand both squads also played strong defensively as the game was tied 9-9 between the Cardinals and the Broncos at the conclusion of the first quarter. 

Senior Thelma Dis Agustdottir opened the second period with a jumper sparking a 10-2 run to give Ball State a 19-11 edge over Western Michigan at the 6:13 mark. After that, Ball State outplayed Western Michigan both on offense and defense. 

Freshman Ally Becki had found some of her teammates under the basket and was a playmaker throughout the second quarter as she dished out assists to junior Sydney Freeman, junior Estel Puiggros along with graduate senior Chyna Latimer that would allow the Cardinals to build a 25-17 lead over the Broncos with 2:33 left. 

WMU answered with a 5-0 run to make it a 25-22 ball game with 31 seconds left but Becki came in clutch yet again draining a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Cardinals the 28-22 advantage over the Broncos at intermission.

Ball State continued to control the tempo of the game in the third quarter, or should I say Becki continued to run the floor like a sergeant as she found freshman Marie Kiefer and Agustsdottir for back-to-back baskets to give BSU the 41-32 edge over WMU at the 3:32 mark. 

Western Michigan never gave up and would continuously snip at the heels of Ball State cutting the Cardinals once 13-point lead (47-34) with 2:22 left in the third frame down to six (48-42) as both teams headed into the final 10 minutes of action. 

The Cardinals still had a slight edge (57-50) at the media timeout in the fourth stanza. Kiefer’s rebound and put back along with another quick basket in the paint from the true freshman started a 9-6 run for the Cardinals that eventually extended BSU’s lead to 10 (66-56) under the two-minute mark. 

The Broncos tried to hang on but lost their grip soon after allowing Ball State to stay atop of Western Michigan to seal tonight’s victory.

For the game, Agustsdottir led Ball State with 14 points while Becki, Kiefer and Latimer each had 12 points apiece. Kiefer had a double-double after pulling down 11 rebounds, she also added five blocks. Becki dished out a game-high eight assists and had two steals. 

The Ball State women’s basketball team will face Western Michigan again on Wednesday in Kalamazoo, Mich. at University Arena. Tipoff for that game is at 7 p.m. ET. 

Cardinals Head to Golden Flashes for Tuesday Showdown

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State Cardinals men’s basketball team is back on the road Tuesday for a Mid-American Conference matchup with Kent State. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. from the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. Earlier this season, the Golden Flashes defeated the Cardinals on a last-second shot.

Miryne Thomas produced a game-high 18 points to go along with his game-high two blocks, three rebounds, and two assists against Bowling Green the last time out. Tyler Cochran recorded 16 points with a game-high seven steals, which is a new career best, six rebounds and four assists. Payton Sparks tallied his ninth double-double behind 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Mickey Pearson Jr. compiled a career-high 13 points with five rebounds, one steal, and one block. Luke Bumbalough finished with 10 points, six rebounds, and one assist.

Sparks continues to lead the team with 13.4 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per contest. He is second on the team with 12 blocks. Cochran is averaging 12.1 points per game and 5.8 boards per game, both are second on the team, and leads the team with 54 steals. Bumbalough is averaging 11.4 points per contest and leads the team with 73 assists. Thomas leads the team with 15 blocks and is averaging 11.2 points per game. Demarius Jacobs is third on the team with 10 blocks.

In the matchup against Kent State earlier this season, Cochran finished with a team-high 23 points, which were the most for him in a BSU uniform. Jacobs recorded the most points of his Cardinal career with 16. With his 12 points, Sparks had recorded double digits in three straight and four of the last five games. Cochran and Sparks tied for a game-high nine rebounds. Thomas notched a team-best four assists and he added nine points. On the defensive end, Sparks, Jaylin Sellers, and Basheer Jihad each produced a blocked shot. Cochran, Sparks, and Pearson picked up one steal each.

The Golden Flashes lead the series 47-41 over the Cardinals. Kent State has won three of the last five meetings, including earlier this season 66-65 in Muncie. The Golden Flashes are 30-11 at home against the Cardinals.

Sincere Carry leads the Golden Flashes with 17.6 points per game, 123 assists, and is tied for the team lead in steals with 36. Malique Jacobs is second on the squad with 11.8 points per contest and is tied for the team lead in steals with 36. Jacobs paces Kent State on the glass with 7.4 rebounds per game. Justyn Hamilton has 37 blocked shots to lead the team, while Jacobs is the only other with double digits with 20.

In the meeting earlier this season, Carry notched a game-high 26 points for the Golden Flashes and had a game-high six assists. He added seven rebounds and three steals. Jacobs and Hamilton each added 11 points for Kent State. Hamilton led the team with eight boards and a game-high two blocks.

All of BSU’s games are presented on the Ball State Gainbridge Radio Network on Woof Boom stations 96.7 FM, 102.9 FM, 104.9 FM, WLBC HD2, and the stream of 967BlakeFM.com as well as WERKFM.net.

IRISH TAKE ON ORANGE WEDNESDAY EVENING IN PURCELL

The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team is back in Purcell Pavilion for a two-game stretch, starting with Wednesday’s game with Syracuse at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNews. The Irish and Orange were originally schedule to meet on Feb. 22, but a COVID-19 delay pushed the Orange to play a game Monday night at home – a contest in which Syracuse defeated Georgia Tech in overtime. 

The ACC then pushed the game a day to provide rest of Syracuse after Monday night’s contest.

GAME TRENDS 

In 2021-22 the Notre Dame is…

… 15-1 when it shoots better than its opponent.

… 11-1 when it makes 10-or-more three-point field goals.

… 10-2 when a Notre Dame player scores 20-or-more points.

… 13-1 when it out-rebounds its opponent.

A NOTRE DAME WIN WOULD… 

… mark the second-most ACC wins in a single season (13).

… improve the Irish to 12-1 in Purcell Pavilion this season.

… improve the team’s record in February to 6-1.

… make 2021-22 the 16th season that the team posted 20 wins in the Mike Brey era and sixth time in nine seasons of ACC play.

IRISH ITEMS – BY THE NUMBERS

1

Freshman Blake Wesley is poised to become the first rookie in the country this season to reach 400 points, 100 rebounds, 50 3FGM, 70 assists and 30 steals.  See page 4 for more details.

5

Notre Dame is the first team in the nation this season to have five 1,000 career point scorers on its roster – Paul Atkinson Jr., Dane Goodwin, Prentiss Hubb, Trey Wertz and Nate Laszewski.

4.85

Assist/turnover ratio for senior Prentiss Hubb in ACC play this year – the best for any player in the country in conference play.

Hubb has dished out 63 assists in league play this season and given the ball away just 13 times.

11.0

Points per game average for senior Cormac Ryan since stepping into the starting lineup against Louisville on Feb. 9. In four games, Ryan is shooting .483 from the field, .500 from three-point range (7-for-14) with 4.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. 

12

Notre Dame has 12 wins in ACC play this season, earning a 13th would match the 2011-12 BIG EAST team for the second-most league wins in a single season. The high mark is 14 league wins for the program in 2014-14 (ACC) and 2007-08/2010-11 (BIG EAST).

17.6

Points per game average over the last four games for Blake Wesley. In that stretch he has shot .500 from the field (32-64), .481 from three-point range (13-27), with 4.4 rebounds per game, 2.2 assists and 2.2 steals.

46

At .464 senior Dane Goodwin continues to lead the ACC in three-point field goal shooting in all games. That mark is good for 17th in the country.

58

Or .582 to be precise – graduate student Paul Atkinson Jr.’s field goal percentage in ACC play this season – second in the league behind Duke’s Mark Williams.

Sycamores Fall to Preseason Favorite Drake in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — Indiana State basketball was not able to overcome poor second half shooting as Drake walked away with a 74-58 victory Monday night in Des Moines.

ISU shot just 25 percent in the second half after a first half in which Indiana State shot 43 percent from the field and 53 percent from behind the arc.

Turnovers plagued the Sycamores for the second consecutive game as Drake was able to turn 15 ISU miscues into 16 points. DU (20-9, 11-5 MVC) had just seven turnovers in the game which ISU turned into two points.

Indiana State (11-17, 4-12 MVC) hit four of its first six shots from deep and jumped out to a 14-11 lead before the first media break six minutes into action. Cameron Henry would extend the ISU lead to six points with his 11th point of the game with a layup seven minutes into play. A 7-0 run pushed Drake back out in front for the first time since it was 7-6.

ISU outscored Drake 17-12 in the final nine minutes of the first, going 4-for-5 from deep during the stretch. Kailex Stephens scored six, while Cooper Neese added four during the run.

Stephens and Henry led the Sycamores with 12 and 11 points in the first 20 minutes as ISU shot 42.9 percent from the field and 53.3 percent (8-for-15) from distance. Stephens knocked in four of ISU’s eight triples while Henry hit two.

The Sycamores held Drake without a point in the final two minutes to take a 36-32 lead into the locker room.

Drake opened the second half on a 9-2 run to regain the lead before ISU answered back. The Bulldogs would pick up their largest lead since early in the first half at 51-47 after a 6-0 spurt thanks in part to D.J. Wilkins and Roman Penn to energize the Knapp Center just before the under-12 media break.

The run continued for the Bulldogs over a nine-minute period as DU scored 23 points while holding ISU to just four points to open their lead to the biggest of the game at 64-49.

Henry finished the game with 17 points and three rebounds while Stephens scored 16 and grabbed six boards. Neese finished with 11 but shot just 3-for-13 from the field. Wilkins led Drake with 17 while DeVries added 14.

UP NEXT

Indiana State returns home for their final game at Hulman Center Wednesday night when Northern Iowa comes to town for a 7 p.m. ET tip.

Men’s Basketball to Host Horizon League Championship Game March 1st or 3rd

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball team has clinched a home game in the 2022 Horizon League Championship.

The Mastodons will either host a Horizon League Championship first round contest on Tuesday, March 1st or a quarterfinal contest on Thursday, March 3rd.

A March 1st contest would be played at the Gates Sports Center at 7 p.m. A March 3rd contest would be held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in a 7 p.m. tip.

The ‘Dons have won seven consecutive games and are the hottest team in the Horizon League.

Tickets will go on sale Sunday, February 27th once the full bracket is finalized. Tickets will start at $10. Purdue Fort Wayne students are free with a valid university ID. Season ticket holders will receive communication on how to secure their tickets.

The semifinals and championship of the 2022 Horizon League Championship is scheduled for March 7th and 8th in Indianapolis at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

Sisley records career-high 18 points at Valpo

VALPARAISO, Ind. – Hitting four of his six 3-point tries, freshman Blake Sisley scored a career-high 18 points for the University of Evansville men’s basketball team in a 74-69 setback at Valparaiso on Monday.

Sisley knocked down six of his nine attempts from the field.  Blaise Beauchamp reached double figures for the fourth time in five games, finishing with 14 for the Purple Aces (6-21, 2-14 MVC).  Noah Frederking added 13 points while Shamar Givance finished with 12.  Preston Phillips paced UE with seven rebounds while Givance was credited with a career-high 10 assists.  The performance marked the first collegiate double-double for Givance.  Kevion Taylor led Valparaiso (13-15, 6-10 MVC) with 23 points while Ben Krikke added 16.

After the Beacons opened the game with the first four points, UE recorded five in a row to jump in front.  Noah Frederking drained a triple before Blaise Beauchamp made a drive to the basket.  Evansville retook a 7-6 edge on a Shamar Givance jumper at the 17:08 mark.

Just past the midway point of the half, things remained close with Valpo up 20-18.  That is when they turned it on, scoring 11 in a row to take their largest lead of the period.  The Beacons drained four shots in a row with a turnaround jumper by Eron Gordon capping off the run to give VU a 31-18 lead with 4:44 showing on the clock.

Triples by Blake Sisley and Blaise Beauchamp helped the Aces complete the half on a 12-5 run to trail by just six points at the half.  Evansville did a great job of spreading the ball around with all seven players who saw time in the first half finding their way into the scorebook.

Out of the half, the Aces reeled off the first 16 points to take a 46-36 lead with just over 14 minutes left.  Sisley connected on a pair of triples to open the period before Frederking was true from outside to put UE in front – 39-36.  Frederking followed up the triple with a steal and he found Givance cutting to the basket, where he was fouled and connected on both free throws.  Following a Beauchamp trey, it was Sisley capping off the stretch with a pair of free throws.

UE hit four of their six field goal tries in the run while Valpo missed their opening five shots while turning it over twice.  Valpo stormed right back, recording nine in a row to cut the UE lead to one before retaking a 50-49 advantage halfway through the period.  As the minutes wound down, Sisley’s fourth triple of the night put Evansville back on top at 56-55, but the Beacons countered with eight in a row to go up 63-56 with under four minutes remaining.

Four in a row from the Aces made it a 1-possession game before a triple by Beauchamp made it a 70-69 game inside of 10 seconds remaining.  Valpo hit a pair of free throws on the other end, giving UE one more chance with a 3-pointer coming up short in the final seconds to seal the win for Valpo.  The Beacons shot an even 50% on the night with UE finishing at 43.5%.

UE remains on the road to face Loyola in a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday in Chicago.

Valpo Withstands Evansville Run, Completes Weekend Sweep

All is well that ends well for the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team. 

Visiting Evansville scored the first 16 points of the second half, but the host Beacons showed the resiliency required to withstand the shaky stretch, flipping a double-figure deficit into a 74-69 victory on Monday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The two teams faced off for the second time in three days after beginning the season series in Evansville on Saturday afternoon. The start to the second half wasn’t the only adversity that Valpo had to overcome, as the Beacons played without two starters due to injuries.

How It Happened

Evansville got out to a 9-8 lead over the game’s first five minutes before Kevion Taylor (Milwaukee, Wis. / Whitnall) scored six unanswered points, hitting from beyond the arc before achieving a 3-point play the old-fashioned way.

The Purple Aces fought back to tie the game by the half’s midway mark and trailed by just two with eight minutes on the clock, but that’s when the hosts went on a major run. Valpo scored 11 in a row to boost a 20-18 lead into a 31-18 cushion. That burst included seven points by Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place).

Sophomore Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy]) hit a triple with 3:22 remaining in the half to up the edge to 12 at 34-22, but the Aces hit back-to-back 3s and were within six at 36-30 going into the locker room.

Evansville built up a 10-point lead in the first five minutes of the second half, but the Beacons responded to the adverse stretch in a positive manner. They fought back with a 9-0 run of their own from the time Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse Central [Wisconsin]) scored the team’s first points of the half at the 14:26 mark to Taylor’s trey with 12:24 remaining. That stretch was crucial, slimming the Evansville lead down to one.

Sixth-year senior Eron Gordon (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Seton Hall]) hit from long range at the 10:46 mark, then King helped Valpo regain the lead at 50-49 with a basket just before the clock reached 10 minutes.

The lead went back and forth for the next several minutes. Krikke dunked one home on a Taylor assist with 6:13 on the clock, but later Evansville’s Blake Sisley drained a 3 to put the Purple Aces ahead 56-55 with 5:24 remaining.

From there, Valpo scored the next eight points including Krikke and Edwards each assisting on a basket by the other to make it 63-58 with 3:08 to go.

Evansville cut the lead to one possession on four different occasions in the final 2:30, but Valpo maintained the advantage throughout the game’s closing minutes. The Aces got the margin all the way down to one at 70-69 after a Blaise Beauchamp 3 with 10 seconds left, but Edwards and Taylor combined to go 4-for-4 at the line in the closing seconds. Valpo went 9-for-10 at the free-throw stripe in the final 33 seconds of the game to hold on for the win.

Inside the Game

Taylor turned in a game-high 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting and 5-of-5 at the free-throw line. He scored 14 first-half points on 5-of-8 shooting. Taylor reached 20 points for the fourth time this season, all in his last 10 games. He has scored 20 points or more in three of his last six. Taylor is now just 15 points away from reaching the 2,000-point milestone for his collegiate career, which started with four years at Winona State.

After posting his first career double-double on Saturday at Evansville, Edwards wasted no time in notching his second. No. 13 scored 13 points in Monday’s game and established a new career high in rebounds for the second straight outing, this time pulling down 12 caroms. He added two blocks and two steals. After five straight single-figure performances, Edwards has scored in double figures in six straight outings.

Edwards became the first Valpo player to post back-to-back double-doubles since Alec Peters on Jan. 27 and Jan. 29, 2017 (vs. Wright State, vs. Northern Kentucky).

King finished with a double-double as well, accruing 12 points to go along with 10 rebounds. That marked his second career double-double with the previous coming vs. Indiana State on Feb. 5.

Valpo had two players achieve double-doubles in the same game for the first time since Jan. 23 of last season at Illinois State (Eron Gordon and Donovan Clay). Prior to that, it hadn’t occurred since Jan. 16, 2017 vs. Green Bay (Alec Peters and Tevonn Walker).

Krikke totaled 16 points on an efficient 7-of-10 shooting while squeezing five rebounds. He scored in double figures for the ninth straight game, shot 50 percent or better from the field for the 18th time in the last 19 games and had five rebounds or more for the eighth time in nine games.

The victory allowed Valpo to complete the four-game regular-season sweep of Indiana State and Evansville, representing the first time Valpo has gone unbeaten against instate foes in regular-season Valley play.

Gordon had a career-high four blocked shots, his first career game with more than two. He boasted a team-best plus-minus of +17 including a +14 in the first half alone. Gordon also had seven points on 3-of-6 shooting.

Valpo owned a distinct 42-23 advantage on the glass, a +19 rebounding margin that marked the team’s best against a Division-I opponent this season. It was Valpo’s best rebounding margin against a Division-I team since going +32 vs. Samford on Nov. 21, 2017.

In terms of offensive rebounds, Valpo outdid Evansville 10-2. The 10 offensive rebounds tied for the team’s most vs. D-I competition this season (vs. Eastern Michigan, at Indiana State), while the two offensive boards tied for the fewest allowed by Valpo all season with Saturday’s game against the Purple Aces. The Beacons permitted just four offensive rebounds over the two games this weekend.

Valpo prevailed despite shooting just 22.2 percent from 3-point distance (4-of-18). That marked Valpo’s lowest 3-point percentage in a win since going 0-for-10 on March 5, 2020 in the opening round of the State Farm MVC Tournament, also a win over Evansville. Valpo went 23-of-36 (63.9 percent) from 2-point territory on Monday. 

This marked the third time this season (Tulane, Eastern Michigan) that Valpo has overcome a double-figure deficit to win. This was the 19th time during the Matt Lottich head coaching era (sixth season) that Valpo came from double figures down to prevail.

This marked Matt Lottich’s 96th career victory, moving him to within four of becoming the fourth head coach in program history to reach the 100-win milestone.

Evansville’s five free-throw attempts marked the fewest by a Valpo opponent since Drake’s four on Jan. 11, 2020.

With the win on Monday, Valpo has clinched at least a .500 record at home, extending the team’s long streak of finishing at .500 or better at the ARC to 30 consecutive seasons, dating back to 1991-1992. Valpo is 8-7 at home this season entering Wednesday’s home finale vs. Drake.

Freshman Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Orangeville Prep) made his first collegiate start, making this Valpo’s 13th different starting lineup combination this season and 10th in Missouri Valley Conference play.

Valpo played without the services of starting center Thomas Kithier (back) and starting point guard Preston Ruedinger (ankle). In addition, original starting point guard Trevor Anderson is out for the season with a back injury.

Up Next

Valpo (13-15, 6-10 MVC) won’t have long to rest as Drake will be in town for a 6 p.m. tip on Wednesday night. The game will air on ESPN+ and tickets are available by visiting valpoathletics.com/tickets. Kevion Taylor, Eron Gordon and Trevor Anderson will be celebrated on Valpo’s Senior Night, the final home game of the regular season.

Valpo Football Welcomes Newcomers During National Signing Period

The 2022 Valparaiso University football roster has continued to take shape this month as 32 student-athletes were added to the incoming recruiting class. The class, which also features six early signees who were introduced in December, will join the program for the 2022-23 academic and athletic year. Two midyear additions have also joined the roster. 

The Valpo football program continues to welcome talent from all parts of the country as the incoming group covers 13 states – Ohio, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Virginia, Arizona and Texas. In addition, 27 members of the incoming class plus both of the midyear additions were team captains in high school and figure to continue the tradition of student-athlete leadership within head coach Landon Fox’s program.

“During the recruiting process, we always emphasize finding good football players who are, more importantly, good students,” Fox said. “We were fortunate to add players who fit that mold in addition to being leaders on their high school teams. Many members of our incoming class come from winning programs. Those are all important elements to our program here at Valpo. We recruited a variety of states across the country while placing an emphasis on talent in the Chicagoland area. This is our third recruiting class since I arrived, and we’re excited to see what type of impact they can make on our program.”

Jon Henderson, DB, 5-11, 180, Macedonia, Ohio (Nordonia)

Intends to study premed… Son of Jon and Sheryse Henderson… Has one younger brother, Joshua… Father played baseball at Cleveland State University… Four-year varsity letter winner… Helped his team to a 10-3 record and conference title as a senior while earning first team all-conference, second team all-district and third-team all-Ohio… Had seven interceptions during his senior season including two against Bedford… Had three touchdowns in a game against Wadsworth in 2020… Also played three years of high school basketball… Team captain in both football and basketball… Loves to play instruments, read and cook… Has played the drums for 13 years… Four-year high honor roll member.

Coach Fox on Henderson: “Jon has a very good understanding of the position as a corner. He has some length and is a dual-sport athlete, playing basketball as well. He is also strong in the return game.”

Max Carter, TE, 6-5, 230, Camarillo, Calif. (Adolfo)

Intends to major in finance… Son of Clint and Molly Carter… Has one brother, Drew… Both parents were student-athletes at the University of Pacific for four years with his mother playing tennis and his father playing football… Two-year varsity letter winner… Named all-league, All-CIF and team Offensive Player of the Year as a senior… Had four receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns against Moorpark as a senior… Team captain as a junior and senior… Also played three years of high school basketball… Hobbies include golf, surfing and skiing… Is Scuba certified.

Coach Fox on Carter: “Max has extremely impressive ball skills. He has the ability to flex out at tight end and also play at the end of the line. He is a player who can cause opponents problems in the passing game.”

Adrian Divcic, DL, 6-4, 255, Trinity, Fla. (J.W. Mitchell)

Plans to study business… Son of Sasa and Martina Divcic… Three-year varsity letter winner… Team captain and earned first-team all-conference as a senior… Awarded team’s top defensive lineman as both a junior and senior… Named the athlete with the highest GPA in the FCA East vs. FCA West Classic… Had 11 tackles and one sack in the 2020 regional final game against Edge Water… First generation American who speaks three languages fluently.

Coach Fox on Divcic: “Adrian is big and strong at the point of attack. He will demand double teams inside. In addition, he’s an excellent student who will thrive academically.”

Matt Cotterman, LB, 6-3, 225, Germantown, Ohio (Valley View)

Intends to major in criminal justice… Son of Susan and Jeff Cotterman… Has one brother, Mitchell, and one sister, Megan… Uncle Bob Neatherton played four years of football at Findlay University and cousin Jake Neatherton played five years of football at Ohio University… Four-year varsity letter winner… Third-team all-state, first-team all-district, first-team all-league, league Defensive Player of the Year and Team Defensive MVP during an accomplished senior season… Team captain as a senior… Also played basketball as a freshman and sophomore… Enjoys hunting, fishing, playing outdoor games like cornhole and swimming… Has two dogs… Member of the honor roll.

Coach Fox on Cotterman: “Max is a big, physical linebacker who thrives at the point of attack. He has the ability to get downhill and is very physical when he does so. He uses his hands well.”

Anthony Hightower, WR/DB, 5-11, 171, Youngtown, Ohio (Boardman)

Plans to major in business… Son of Anthony and Toya Hightower… Has three brothers – Tre Forte, Jajuan Forte and Antajuan Hightower… Brother Tre played at Ohio State from 2014-2018, brother Jajuan plays wide receiver at UCF and cousin Talmadge Jackson played DB at Oregon and played a season in the NFL, participating in preseason games for the Baltimore Ravens in 2011… Four-year varsity letter winner… First team all-county, All-Ohio Honorable Mention and all-NEO honorable mention as a senior… Had five receptions for 115 yards and two touchdowns along with an interception and six tackles in a 2020 playoff game vs. Riverside… Team captain as a junior and senior… Played four years of basketball plus track & field as a junior and senior… Hobbies include listening to and making music, playing Madden and NBA 2K and putting in extra field work… High honor roll member.

Coach Fox on Hightower: “Anthony is a very good athlete who plays on both sides of the ball. He’s very productive on both offense and defense in addition to being a three-sport athlete. We’re excited about his ability to play a number of different positions.”

Connor Dickson, DB, 6-0, 185, Libertyville, Ill. (Libertyville)

Intends to pursue a degree in business… Son of Stephanie and Kevin Dickson… Has two younger brothers, Gavin and Jonathan… Father played football and rugby at Lake Forest College… Two-year varsity letter winner… Two-time all-conference honoree… Went 19-of-22 for 275 yards passing and accrued 54 yards rushing in a game against Lake Forest High School… Team captain as a senior… Also played baseball from kindergarten to his senior year of high school and earned all-conference and all-area in baseball as a junior… Hobbies include working out, fishing and spending time with friends… Four-year member of academic honor roll.

Coach Fox on Dickson: “Connor is productive on both sides of the ball. He has good ball skills and an ability to go up and high point the ball. He is physical in both blocking and tackling.”

Niko Paic, DL, 6-2, 285, Crown Point, Ind. (Crown Point)

Plans to major in finance… Son of George and Irene Paic… Has two younger brothers, Luka and Ilija… Uncle Dan Paic played football at Truman State from 1987-1990 and cousin Adrianna Naumoski has played women’s soccer at Iowa since 2018… Four-year varsity letter winner… Earned all-conference, all-area and academic all-state as a senior… Had two sacks and over 10 tackles in a 2020 game vs. Merrillville… Team captain as a senior… Also competed in basketball as a freshman and wrestling as a sophomore… Hobbies include golf and basketball… Can speak Serbian and Macedonian… Member of National Honor Society.

Coach Fox on Paic: “Niko is another player who has thrived on both sides of the ball. He can demand double teams and is very powerful. We always enjoy adding local talent to the program.”

Wade Abrams, LB 6-0, 200, Fox River Grove, Ill. (Cary-Grove)

Intends to major in economics… Son of Jennifer and Michael Abrams… Has two younger brothers, Logan and Ryan, and an older sister, Alyssa… Three-year varsity letter winner… Helped his team to a 14-0 record and 6A Illinois state title as a senior… Had three touchdowns, 106 rushing yards, six tackles and three pass breakups in a 2021 game vs. Burlington Central… Wrestled all four years of high school… Team captain as a senior in football and as both a junior and senior in wrestling… Hobbies include training for his sports and traveling… Was born at 10 pounds… Four-year member of the honor roll.

Coach Fox on Abrams: “Wade plays running back and inside linebacker. He won a state championship and was a state qualifier in wrestling. Bringing in players with a winning background is a high priority for our program.”

Cam Harbaugh, QB, 6-1, 210, Mountville, Pa. (Hempfield)

Plans to study sport management… Son of Amy and Dan Harbaugh… Has one brother, Conner… Father played football at Ellsworth CC and Loras College from 1987-1989… Three-year varsity letter winner… Accolades during his senior season included first team Lancaster Lebanon League quarterback, Section 1 Lancaster Lebanon League Offensive Back of the Year, Elite 11 Regional Quarterback, Mini Maxwell Football Club award winner, Eastern PA Honorable Mention All-State quarterback, team offensive MVP and Team Order of the Black Knight… Passed for 303 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 47 yards and one score in a game vs. Cocalico during his junior season… Team captain as a senior… Enjoys hanging out with friends and family, playing PlayStation and lifting… Is ambidextrous… Member of honor roll, superior honors and two-time LL League Academic All-Star.

Coach Fox on Harbaugh: “Cam is a dual-threat quarterback. He is explosive and has the ability to make big plays with his feet. He will continue to grow as a passer in college.”

Matthew Francisco, DL, 6-3, 230, Bolingbrook, Ill. (Bolingbrook)

Plans to major in mechanical engineering… Son of Brandy and Marcelino Francisco… Has two brothers, Clark and Benjamin, and a sister, Moranda… Two-year varsity letter winner… Earned all-conference while helping his team to a 7-3 record as a senior… Had five sacks and seven stops in a game vs. Sandburg… Team captain as a senior… Hobbies include cars and video games… His mother held up a “Fathead” of his face at each of his high school games.

Coach Fox on Francisco: “Matthew is physical at the point of attack. He has the ability to get off plays and set the edge on defense. He’s an engineering student who fits well on our campus.”

Jason Harden, DL, 6-2, 225, Chula Vista, Calif. (Mater Dei Catholic)

Intends to study business… Son of Melissa Harden… Four-year varsity letter winner… Helped his team to a state championship as a senior while leading the team in sacks… Had four QB pressures in the state title game… Team captain as a senior… Enjoys gaming, sports and working out.

Coach Fox on Harden: “Jason is an explosive edge rusher who has the ability to get to the quarterback.”

Rowan Keefe, QB, 6-3, 185, Park Ridge, Ill. (Maine South)

Plans to major in marketing… Son of Jim and Michelle Keefe… Has one sibling, James… Father Jim played football at Loras College from 1989-1991… Two-year varsity letter winner… All-conference as a senior… Went 19-of-29 through the air for 259 yards and two passing touchdowns in a 35-33 win over Marist in a 2021 semifinal playoff game… Team captain as a senior… Also played basketball as a freshman and three years of lacrosse… Enjoys hunting, fishing and competition… His aunt and uncle live in the Valpo area… Academic all-conference honoree.

Coach Fox on Keefe: “Rowan is a dual-threat quarterback from a highly successful program. He can make all the throws and is a good leader.”

Bryce Koteles, OL, 6-2, 285, Shelby Township, Mich. (Utica)

Plans to study sport management… Son of Bob and Karrie Koteles… Has one brother, Trey… Four-year varsity letter winner… Two-time first team all-county and a first-team all-Metro East performer… Had two sacks, two TFLs and seven tackles in 2021 vs. Henry Ford… 2020-2021 team captain… Also played three years of high school basketball… Hobbies include watching movies, hanging out with friends and working out… Played soccer as a child.

Coach Fox on Kosteles: “Bryce has a big, strong body and is very powerful. He is physical at the point of attack.”

Brenden Freiermuth, LB 6-2, 215, Hastings, Minn. (Hastings)

Son of Troy Freiermuth and Tina Folch… Has one brother, Chase Freiermuth… Father played football at the University of Minnesota from 1988-1991… Three-year varsity letter winner… First team all-conference honoree and all-state nominee who helped his team to a 7-3 record as a senior… Had a single game with four total TDs, three rushing TDs, one interception return for a TD, a blocked punt and 14 total tackles vs. CDH in 2021… Also competed in four years of track & field and one year of basketball… Hobbies include weightlifting and basketball… Coaches youth sports for the YMCA… Six-time “A” honor roll member, one-time “B” honor roll member, honors biology student of the year and honors chemistry student of the year.

Coach Fox on Freiermuth: “Brenden has speed and good size. He runs really well and has played on both sides of the ball, seeing time at running back and linebacker. He’s very active with an ability to get from sideline to sideline.”

Frank Bartell, DB, 5-10, 205, Park Ridge, Ill. (Maine South)

Intends to major in sport management… Son of Shannon and Jim Bartell… Has three brothers – Anthony, Jimmy and Sam… Two-year varsity letter winner… All-conference honoree and all-area honorable mention while helping his team to a 12-2 record and state runner-up finish… Had a pick six and a receiving TD in a game against Evanston… Team captain as a senior… Also wrestled for three years… Enjoys playing Madden, watching movies and hanging out with friends… Can play the piano.

Coach Fox on Bartell: “Frank has a nose for the football. He had eight picks his senior year in addition to two blocked punts and two forced fumbles, so it’s clear that he’s always around the ball. He’s going to find a way to make a play. He comes from a very good high school program.

Justin Jurmu, WR/LB/TE, 6-1, 205, Marquette, Mich. (Marquette Senior)

Plans to study pre-physical therapy… Son of Brad and Allyson Jurmu… Has two brothers, Jordan and Jaxon… Grandfather Paul Jurmu played football at Michigan Tech and grandfather Rowland Babcock Jr. played football at Northern Michigan… Three-year varsity letter winner… Three-time conference champion and two-time first-team all-conference honoree… Helped his team to a 7-3 record as a senior… Had seven catches for 200 yards and two receiving TDs in a game during his junior season vs. Menominee… Also played four years of basketball including three years on varsity… Team captain in both football and basketball as a senior… Hobbies include sports, video games and watching movies… Oldest brother Jordan was a national finalist in the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship in 2015 at Augusta National… Member of National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars and multiple honor rolls.

Coach Fox on Jurmu: “Justin is a long athlete who has an ability to play multiple positions. He played both wide receiver and linebacker for his high school team, and was extremely productive at both spots.”

Jeffery Vercher, RB, 5-9, 195, Nashville, Tenn. (Franklin Road Academy)

Plans to study occupational therapy… Son of Tanaka Vercher… Has one sister, Ravan Cunningham… Four-year varsity letter winner… All-State and specialist of the year as a senior… Team captain during his senior season… Top individual performance featured 15 rushes for 179 yards, four rushing TDs, two receptions for 73 yards and one receiving TD in 2021 vs. Columbia Academy… Competed in track & field from fifth grade through his senior year of high school… Hobbies include music and video games… Member of aviation club.

Coach Fox on Vercher: “Jeffery can run fast and is very explosive. When he gets the ball in his hands, he has the ability to go the distance. He can still be a physical runner at times even though he’s a speed guy. He’s also a good runner on his track & field team.”

Watson Allan, OL, 6-1, 285, Lake Forest, Ill. (Lake Forest HS)

Intends to major in business marketing… Son of Elisa Allan… Has two siblings, Campbell and Ainsley… Three-year varsity letter winner… All-conference honorable mention as a senior after helping his team to a 10-3 record… Competed in two years of track & field… Hobbies include collecting football cards.

Coach Fox on Allan: “Watson is physical at the point of attack. He has the ability to get to the second level and plays multiple positions on the offensive line.”

Clayton Fliss, OL, 6-6, 255, Oconomowoc, Wis. (Oconomowoc)

Plans to major in mechanical engineering… Son of Dawn and Jeff Fliss… Has one younger sister, Gretta… Four-year varsity letter winner and starter… Team captain as a senior… Also competed in four years of track & field… Hobbies include football, cars and math… Four-time scholar-athlete.

Coach Fox on Fliss: “Clayton is long with a great frame. He has big upside and good feet. He’s an engineering student who will fit well with the academic profile of our institution.”

Owen Cherry, DB, 6-1, 200, La Grange, Ill. (Lyons Township)

Plans to major in business management… Son of Mike and Allison Cherry… Has two younger brothers – Sean and Liam – and a younger sister, Maeve… Two-year varsity letter winner… All-conference and all-state academic honoree as a senior, helping his team to its first playoff appearance since 2017… Team captain during his senior season… Had 15 solo tackles and forced a turnover in the first round of the playoffs vs. Lockport… Competed in two years of basketball and three years of track & field… Hobbies include video games and golf… Used to play three instruments… Honor roll all four years of high school.

Coach Fox on Cherry: “Owen is a downhill safety and physical tackler. He has good range at free safety and always seems to be around the ball.”

Mathew Logan, OL, 6-3, 290, Poplar Grove, Ill. (Boylan Catholic)

Plans to study criminology… Son of Mary Haverly and Terry Logan… Has an older brother, Tyler Logan, and a younger sister, Reagan Kasper… Mother played volleyball at Beloit College from 1989-1992… Other family members to compete collegiately include cousin Jordan Haverly (volleyball, Indiana) and cousin Kyle Johnson (track & field, Loyola)… Three-year varsity letter winner… Three-time all-conference performer, 2019 team defensive MVP, 2021 WIFR Fab 5 Players of the Year… Helped his team to an 11-4 record as a senior… Had three sacks, 10.5 tackles and a safety in a game against Oregon HS as a sophomore… Also played one year of high school basketball and four years of baseball… Enjoys cooking, fishing and playing sports with friends… Finished third in a cooking competition against 20 others in sixth grade… Honor roll as a junior and senior.

Coach Fox on Logan: “Mathew plays on both sides of the ball as he has experience on both offensive line and defensive line. He has a good motor and good fit. He does a nice job finishing plays.”

Matt Martin, WR, 5-10, 150, San Diego, Calif. (Mission Hills)

Plans to major in sport management… Son of Janet Martin… Has one older brother, Ian Martin… Two-year varsity letter winner… First team All-Avocado League wide receiver… 45 catches for 500 yards and 11 touchdowns… Owned an 8-3 overall record and 5-1 mark in league play as a senior… Six catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns in a game against San Marcos during his junior season… Played basketball as a freshman and competed in four years of track & field… Served as a track & field team captain during his senior season… Hobbies include traveling the world, being outside and going on hikes… Originally from New Jersey.

Coach Fox on Martin: “Matt is quick in the slot and very productive. He can play on the inside or the outside. He has the ability to create great matchups in the slot with his lateral quickness.”

Keagan Henschel, LB, 5-11, 200, Fond du Lac, Wis. (Fond du Lac)

Plans to major in finance… Son of Amanda Henschel… Has two brothers, Mason and Alex, and one sister, Aundreya… Three-year varsity letter winner… Unanimous first-team all-conference honoree… Earned all-region large 1 and all-state as a senior… Team captain during his senior season… Also competed in track & field all four years of high school… Hobbies include lifting, gaming and football… Interests include business and investments… Is ambidextrous… Member of National Honor Society.

Coach Fox on Henschel: “Keagan plays with great leverage. He has an outstanding motor and is very active.”

Owen Semp, WR, 6-2, 175, Novi, Mich. (Detroit Catholic Central)

Intends to major in kinesiology… Son of Brad and Lee Semp… Has two brothers, Nathan and Austin, and two sisters, Morgan and Peyton… Two-year varsity letter winner… Finished his senior season as an MHSFCA Division 1 All-State receiver and led his team in both receiving yards and receiving touchdowns… Competed in track & field as a high school junior… Lived in Germany for four years… Hobbies include traveling, video games and cooking… DCC Gabriel Richard Award honoree for academic success.

Coach Fox on Semp: “Owen is a deep ball threat who also has the ability to make things happen when he catches intermediate passes. He can go the distance with a run after a catch. He’s very good in the return game as well.”

Akim Abdur-Rahim, DB, 6-1, 180, Indianapolis, Ind. (Pike)

Majoring in business… Son of Shereefah Miles… Has two brothers, Amir and Ahmad… Three-year varsity letter winner… Had three TD passes for 213 yards vs. Lawrence Central and 200+ rushing yards against North Central during his senior season… Served as a team captain during his senior season… Also competed in two years of track & field and one year of baseball… Hobbies include designing and manufacturing clothes… Has played quarterback his whole life.

Coach Fox on Abdur-Rahim: “Akim is a good player and an all-around athlete. He can play running back as well as defensive back. He has good speed and quickness as well as great bursts.”

Alex Goworowski, LB, 6-3, 220, Chicago, Ill. (Saint Patrick)

Plans to major in engineering… Son of Katherine and John Goworowski… Has two sisters, Ella and Lilly… Three-year varsity letter winner… Three-time all-conference performer… 2020 Division Defensive Player of the Year, 2021 Division Player of the Year, National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award… Had 4.5 sacks, seven tackles, nine QB hurries, a forced fumble, 150 rushing yards and four TDs in a game vs. Carmel during his senior season… Also competed in four years of wrestling and two years of baseball… Served as a two-year wrestling captain and as a team captain in football as both a freshman and senior… Hobbies include playing spike ball… Has never seen Star Wars, Rocky, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones or Caddyshack… Four-year honor roll member, top four in his graduating class in terms of grade point average and Illinois state scholar.

Coach Fox on Goworowski: “Alex has an ability to play on both sides of the ball at running back and linebacker. He can even rush the passer off the edge. He plays with great leverage. He’s another great student and his sister goes to school here. He has also qualified for state in wrestling.”

Aaron Larkins, RB, 6-0, 190, Plainfield, Ill. (Plainfield Central)

Plans to major in engineering… Son of Theresa and Aaron Larkins Sr… Has an older sister, Madison… Two-year varsity letter winner… Two-time all-conference honoree (Spring 2021, Fall 2021)… Offensive MVP in the SPC east division… Class 7A all-state choice… Helped his team to an 8-2 mark as a senior… Had 44 carries for 259 yards and a touchdown in a single game… Also competed in track & field as a freshman and senior… Team captain in both football and track & field during his senior season… Hobbies include fishing… Can say the alphabet backward.

Coach Fox on Larkins: “Aaron is a physical, downhill running back. He’s a one-cut guy who runs behind his pads.”

Matt Molnar, DL, 6-3, 235, Avon Lake, Ohio (St. Edward)

Intends to study finance… Son of Trudy and Vince Molnar… Has one sister, Bridget… Father played college football at Ohio Northern and sister played basketball at Kenyon… Two-year varsity letter winner… Finished the season with a 14-1 record… Had two sacks and three TFL vs. Bera Midpack in Round 2 of the 2021 playoffs… Served as a captain during his senior season… Also competed in basketball and track as a high school freshman… Enjoys watching movies, lifting and swimming… Earned high academic honors all four years.

Coach Fox on Molnar: “Matt has length and can play a number of different positions. He comes from a state championship program, so he knows how to win. He’s excited to study finance at Valpo and has a 4.5 GPA in high school.”

Grady Hickey, WR, 5-9, 175, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Chaparral)

Intends to study business marketing… Son of Kim Hickey… Has one brother, Connor, and one sister, Abby… Two-year varsity letter winner… 6A regional offensive player of the year, first-team all-conference honoree, Arizona Player of the Year nominee and Ed Doherty award nominee… Enjoyed a single game against Saguaro in 2021 with five receptions for 84 yards and four carries for 102 yards… Team captain as a senior… Enjoys playing basketball with his friends and playing with his dog.

Coach Fox on Hickey: “Grady can play inside and outside. He possesses a good combination of speed and quickness to go along with a sturdy build. He has the ability to be handed the ball in the backfield, play at the slot and even play outside receiver. He’s a very multiple athlete with the ability to run after the catch.” 

Amar Elmore, DL, 6-2, 250, Chandler, Ariz. (Chandler)

Plans to major in civil engineering… Son of Asheeki and Andre Elmore… Has one brother, Andre Jr., and one sister, Jamesse Evans… Cousin Markus Wheaton played college football at Oregon State and went on to play in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers (2013-2016), Chicago Bears (2017) and Philadelphia Eagles (2018)… Three-year varsity letter winner… 2021 Valle Luna scholar athlete… Helped his team to an 11-2 record as a senior… Also competed in four years of track & field… Interests include creating/producing buildings and other structures… Also enjoys historical figures and history… Honor roll student every year of high school and member of the dean’s list.

Coach Fox on Elmore: “Amar has great quickness. He can play on the edge, play outside or even move down to the three technique. He plays with his hands well and is productive both inside and out.”

Christian Hilton, LB, 6-2, 220, Fairfax, Va. (Woodson)

Intends to study business… Son of Kevin and Caroline Hilton… Has a brother, Joseph, and a sister, Darcy… Four-year varsity letter winner… First-team all-district honoree and team captain as a senior… Also competed in two years of basketball and one year of track & field… Hobbies include food and lifting… Is a Super Smash Bros legend… Named an outstanding student-athlete.

Coach Fox on Hilton: “Christian is very disruptive in the backfield and is quick off the ball. He has a high motor and an ability to make big plays.”

Gabe Watkins-Daigle, OL, 6-3, 270, Sahuarita, Ariz. (Walden Grove)

Intends to major in business… Son of Emily and Telly Daigle… Has two younger sisters, Kayla and Destini… Three-year varsity letter winner… All-region selection and first-team all-star… Part of an offensive line that didn’t allow any sacks all season… Team captain as a freshman and senior… Competed in track & field as a junior and senior, throwing shot put… Loves to work on cars, fish, snowboard and perform outside activities… A-B honor roll student.

Coach Fox on Watkins-Daigle: “Gabe has very good feet and is a great finisher on plays. He has a good punch.”

Chase Randall, DL, 6-1, 275, Tucson, Ariz. (Canyon Del Oro)

Has joined the program as a midyear addition… Majoring in business management… Son of Eric and Ruby Randall… Has one older brother, Gunner… Two-year varsity letter winner… First Team Southern Arizona Football All-Star in 2021… Had 11 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and two tackles for loss against Sahuaro High School in a game during his junior season. He was named Arizona’s Defensive Beast of the Week following the contest… Team captain as a senior… Hobbies include collecting sports memorabilia… Is a huge fan of Star Wars, Marvel and DC.

Coach Fox on Randall: “Chase is physical at the point of attack. He has a high motor, is active and has the ability to get off blocks and get to the ball.”

Ryan Mann, RB, 5-11, 210, Vernon Hills, Ill. (Vernon Hills)

Has joined the program as a midyear addition… Majoring in business… Son of Elyce and Jim Mann… Has two sisters, Kaylin and Carly… Three-year varsity letter winner… Illinois all-state honoree… Helped his team to a conference championship as a senior… Had 29 carries for 208 yards and two touchdowns in a 2021 game against Deerfield… Team captain… Also played hockey and baseball until his senior year of high school… Enjoys playing video games… Favorite food is steak… Member of National Honor Society who earned academic all-state recognition.

Coach Fox on Mann: “Ryan has a good combination of size and speed. He is a one-cut guy who can get downhill. He can be physical at the point of attack and also go the distance.”

Vela & Rivas Sweep GLVC Baseball Weekly Honors

NDIANAPOLIS –The University of Indianapolis baseball team swept both weekly honors this week in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC). Sophomore Xavier Rivas was crowned the Pitcher of the Week while senior Alex Vela was tabbed as the Player of the Week, officials announced on Monday.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Xavier Rivas, UIndy

So. | P | Portage, Ind.

Major: Undeclared

Team Results: 5-0 W vs. Notre Dame (OH) (2/18) | 15-14 W vs. Notre Dame (OH) (2/20) | 13-3 W vs. Notre Dame (OH) (2/20)

Tossed eight shutout innings in season opening 5-0 win over Notre Dame (OH)

Struck out 11 and walked one batter

Earns first career Player of the Week award

Last Greyhounds’ Pitcher of the Week: Jake Sprinkle (5/7/19)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Alex Vela, UIndy

Sr. | INF | Indianapolis, Ind.

Major: Communications

Team Results: 5-0 W vs. Notre Dame (OH) (2/18) | 15-14 W vs. Notre Dame (OH) (2/20) | 13-3 W vs. Notre Dame (OH) (2/20)

Went 7-for-12 (.583) on the weekend while also drawing three walks for an on-base percentage of .688

Two of his seven hits went for extra bases

Successfully stole five bases in six attempts

Earns first career Player of the Week award

Last Greyhounds’ Player of the Week: Brandon DeWitt (3/15/21)

Smith Garners GLVC Weekly Award

INDIANAPOLIS – UIndy’s Kenzee Smith was voted the GLVC Pitcher of the Week by league officials Monday. The sophomore ace tossed a no-hitter Saturday on the way to her fourth career GLVC weekly honor.

SOFTBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Kenzee Smith | Sophomore

Indianapolis, Ind. | Decatur Central

Major: Nursing

Team Results: 8-0 vs. Ferris State, 7-0 vs. KWC (2/18);

15-0 vs. Tiffin, 9-0 vs. UWP (2/19)

– Finished a dominate weekend in the circle, earning two wins in two starts while compiling a perfect 0.00 ERA and 18 strikeouts in nine innings.

– Tossed her second career no-hitter versus Tiffin Saturday, matching and career high with 12 Ks and surrendering just one walk.

– Also pitched four scoreless innings in a win against Ferris State on Friday, allowing just one hit and fanning six in the win.

– Nursing major

– Earns third career Pitcher of the Week award (2/21/22, 4/12/21, 3/29/21, 3/22/21)

– Last Greyhounds’ Pitcher of the Week: Kenzee Smith (4/12/21)

Hounds Stay Put at #4 in USILA Top 20

INDIANAPOLIS – After a win at Newberry on Saturday the University of Indianapolis men’s lacrosse team remained idle at No. 4 in this week’s United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Dynamic Men’s Coaches Poll.  The Hounds also moved up one spot to No. 4 in the Nike/USA Lacrosse Magazine Top 20.

LeMoyne kept the top spot after a season-opening win over No. 2 Tampa.  The Great Lakes Valley Conference keeps three teams in the national rankings in No. 10 Lindenwood and No. 17 Lewis.

This marks the 39th consecutive week that UIndy has appeared in the Top 20 and the eighth straight week in the Top 10.  The No. 4 ranking remains tied for the highest ranking in program history.

UIndy has their home opener on tap this weekend as they host No. 14 Seton Hill on Saturday at 1 pm ET.

Women’s Lacrosse Sweeps GLVC Weekly Honors

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis women’s Lacrosse team picked up the first two Great Lake Valley Conference Player of the Week honors of the 2022 campaign with Abigail Lagos winning Offensive Player of the Week and Peyton Romig receiving Defensive Player of the Week as announced by league officials on Monday.

 The Hounds are off to a 2-0 start of the season after downing McKendree and Frostburg St. over the weekend.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Abigail Lagos, Indianapolis

GS., Attack, Windham, NH

Major: Exercise Science

Team Results: 19-3 W vs. McKendree; 21-2 W vs. Frostburg St.

Scored 12 goals off of 25 shots, landing 19 on goal for a SOG% of .760

Chipped in an assist and three ground balls

Earns fourth career Player of the Week award (03/02/21, 3/02/20, 2/23/20, 2/21/22)

Last Greyhounds’ Offensive Player of the Week: Sarah Klein (3/22/21)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Peyton Romig, Indianapolis

GS., M/DS, Carthage, N.Y.

Major: Exercise Science

Team Results: 19-3 W vs. McKendree; 21-2 W vs. Frostburg St

Became unofficial NCAA Career Leader in Draw Controls with 26 on the weekend.

Added four ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Earns fourth career Player of the Week award (4/19/21,4/12/21,2/17/21, 2/21/22)

Last Greyhounds’ Defensive Player of the Week: Peyton Romig (4/19/21)

MARIAN RACKS UP EARLY RUNS, HOLDS OFF GEORGETOWN RALLY FOR 11-9 WIN

Georgetown, Ky. – The Marian baseball team wrapped up their four-game road trip on Monday afternoon with an 11-9 victory over Georgetown. The Knights piled on all of their 11 runs through the first six innings before holding off a late push by the Tigers. Marian goes 2-2 on their three-state trip through the south, putting their overall record at 7-4.

After a scoreless first, Marian took the game’s first lead in the second inning. Hironori Kato drew a leadoff walk, then came around to score on Caden Mason’s sacrifice fly. The Knights made it 3-0 later in the inning after Jackson Hogg’s double plated Kameron Salazar and pinch-runner Tyler Hargrove. Freshman pitcher Justin Johnson looked keep rolling after a 1-2-3 first inning, but Georgetown’s got a run back to make it 3-1.

Donavan Shepherd earned a free pass to start the fourth inning, and Hargrove stole second after reentering to run for the Knights’ catcher. Hogg’s sacrifice fly scored Hargrove from third base after a Mason groundout, giving Marian another run. Salazar singled and later scored off of several Georgetown errors to make it 5-1 Marian.

Marian added another run in the fifth inning before putting up a five-run sixth. Jared Berger entered to relief Johnson in the bottom of the fifth, allowing two walks but managing to get a popout to keep it 6-1. Mason started the Knights off with a one-out single in the sixth, then Salazar hit an RBI single to bring Mason around. Matteo Porcellato smashed an RBI single after a couple more Knights hits, then JJ Rivera broke it open with a two-RBI single to score Porcellato and Hogg. Kato doubled to left field then to score Rivera from first, putting Marian ahead 11-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

The Tigers answered Marian’s five-run sixth with five runs of their own in the bottom half. Schineller singled to score Joshua Duarte, then Chris O’Neal brought home another Georgetown run with their fourth-straight baserunner. Daniel Brenneman tried to get Marian out of the mess, but Georgetown scored a run on an RBI groundout from Dashon Moore, then scored two more runs after Eric Burckle’s two-out single. Brenneman got out of the inning with a Duarte popout, keeping Marian’s lead at 11-6 through six.

Brenneman began the bottom of the seventh on the mound, but was relieved after allowing a leadoff double and RBI single. Jaxon Meyer worked out of a jam with runners at second and third, getting Moore to strikeout then Isaiah Bumgarner to fly out to finish the seventh inning with Marian up 11-7. After a scoreless top of the eighth, Meyer retired the Tigers in order with two more strikeouts. Georgetown scored a couple more runs after a Schineller double, but a huge double play after Schineller failed to tag up at second-base on a flyout allowed the Knights to escape with the 11-9 win.

Hogg led the Knights at the dish, going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Salazar scored three runs on a 2-for-4 effort which included a walk. Porcellato, Rivera, and Kato also had an extra-base hit each, and Hargrove stole two bases. Berger gets the win in relief after allowing four hits and four earned runs in 1.0 inning on the mound. Meyer gets the save, recording three strikeouts while allowing two runs (one earned) and three hits in 3.0 innings.

After the busy weekend of baseball, Marian will return to action this next weekend at Edward Waters. The three-game series will start with a nine-inning game on Friday at 5 p.m. before a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.

GRACE MARTIN TABBED AS MID-SOUTH OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Marian’s (Ind.) Grace Martin and Life’s Leanne Windon have been named the Mid-South Conference Women’s Lacrosse Players of the Week, conference official announce Monday. Martin has been named the MSC Offensive Player of the Week, while Windon earned MSC Defensive Player of the Week honors. The honor is the first in the career for Martin

Martin was tied for the team-lead with four goals scored on Sunday in Marian’s win over St. Mary, and added a pair of assists to lead the team with six points in the game. Martin was also strong on the draw winning five draw controls, and defensively forced a pair of turnovers while scooping seven ground balls.

Marian will host both Bethel and Aquinas this week as their season continues.

NO. 15 BASEBALL TAKES ONE OF TWO AGAINST INDIANA TECH

KOKOMO, Ind. – No. 15 Indiana Wesleyan split a two-game set with the Warriors of Indiana Tech on Monday, Feb. 21. IWU led early in game one but went scoreless after the third inning, dropping the game 4-3. Wildcats had a similar start in game two, jumping out to a 6-0 lead, but this time held on taking the game 6-3. Both games went seven innings.

Darien Pugh got things started early with a lead-off home run.

Denver Blinn added two hits, including a two-run bomb in the third.

Hunter Hoffman gave up just two runs in five innings of work, dealing eight strikeouts.

Pugh continued his good day at the plate, adding another home run and reaching base three times.

Blinn, Colby Jenkins, and Evan Salmon all contributed RBI’s in a four-run third inning.

Zach Rabe put up two hits, while MJ Stavola added a double on the day.

Drue Young got the save, striking out five and allowing just one hit in his two and a third innings of work.

IWU starts a four-game set with Faulkner University (Ala.) on Friday. Game one begins at 3 p.m.

TV TUESDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – MENTIME ETTV
YALE AT DARTMOUTH6:00PMESPN+
ARKANSAS AT FLORIDA7:00PMESPN/2
MICHIGAN STATE AT IOWA7:00PMESPN/2
GEORGIA AT TEXAS A&M7:00PMESPNU
TENNESSEE AT MISSOURI7:00PMSECN
RHODE ISLAND AT ST. BONAVENTURE7:00PMCBSSN
RICHMOND AT GEORGE WASHINGTON7:00PMESPN+
NEBRASKA AT NORTHWESTERN8:00PMBTN
VILLANOVA VS. UCONN8:00PMFS1
MIAMI (FL) AT PITT8:00PMACCN
OKLAHOMA AT TEXAS TECH8:00PMESPN+
KANSAS STATE AT KANSAS9:00PMESPN/2
SAN DIEGO STATE AT BOISE STATE9:00PMCBSSN
ALABAMA AT VANDERBILT9:00PMSECN
NEW MEXICO AT UTAH STATE10:00PMFS1
CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD AT CAL POLY10:00PMESPN+
UNLV AT NEVADA11:00PMCBSSN
NHLTIME ETTV
NASHVILLE AT FLORIDA7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
TORONTO AT COLUMBUS7:00PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
MINNESOTA AT OTTAWA7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
ST. LOUIS AT PHILADELPHIA7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-PHI
SAN JOSE AT ANAHEIM10:00PMNBCS-CA
BALLY SPORTS
NY ISLANDERS AT SEATTLE10:00PMESPN+
HULU

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MIAMI3821.64419-719-1411-224-126-41 W
CHICAGO3821.64423-815-137-323-137-35 W
PHILADELPHIA3523.6032.516-1319-104-720-146-41 W
CLEVELAND3523.6032.518-917-147-320-136-42 L
MILWAUKEE3624.6002.520-1116-138-322-176-41 L
BOSTON3426.5674.520-1114-157-624-159-11 L
TORONTO3225.5615.016-1316-125-521-148-21 W
BROOKLYN3128.5257.013-1518-137-221-132-81 L
CHARLOTTE2931.4839.514-1415-175-719-181-93 L
10 ATLANTA2830.4839.517-1311-177-517-185-52 W
11 WASHINGTON2731.46610.515-1512-166-620-194-61 W
12 NEW YORK2534.42413.013-1712-174-714-222-83 L
13 INDIANA2040.33318.514-176-232-119-292-81 W
14 DETROIT1345.22424.58-205-253-79-232-81 W
15 ORLANDO1347.21725.55-218-262-118-313-74 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
PHOENIX4810.82826-522-56-428-79-17 W
GOLDEN STATE4217.7126.526-616-119-225-116-42 L
MEMPHIS4119.6838.020-1021-96-428-128-21 L
UTAH3622.62112.021-1015-1211-122-126-41 L
DALLAS3524.59313.520-1115-1311-224-147-32 W
DENVER3325.56915.016-1017-154-818-176-43 W
MINNESOTA3128.52517.517-1114-177-420-187-31 L
LA CLIPPERS3031.49219.518-1312-185-617-235-51 W
LA LAKERS2731.46621.018-139-182-815-193-71 W
10 PORTLAND2534.42423.516-169-181-811-244-64 W
11 SAN ANTONIO2336.39025.511-1812-184-614-205-51 W
12 NEW ORLEANS2336.39025.513-1710-194-714-205-52 L
13 SACRAMENTO2238.36727.015-177-215-715-224-62 L
14 OKLAHOMA CITY1840.31030.09-199-213-513-244-61 L
15 HOUSTON1543.25933.08-187-252-87-281-97 L
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS. 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS5035105753320814523-3-012-7-58-2-0
CAROLINA HURRICANES5035114743417612117-4-218-7-26-2-2
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING4932116703016913916-4-416-7-27-2-1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS5231138702917314014-7-517-6-34-3-3
NEW YORK RANGERS5032135692815112716-4-316-9-26-3-1
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS4932143673017613718-5-114-9-26-4-0
WASHINGTON CAPITALS5228159652617114512-10-516-5-45-5-0
BOSTON BRUINS5029174622814513916-10-113-7-35-4-1
DETROIT RED WINGS5123226522014717615-9-38-13-35-5-0
10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS4925231512216318013-10-112-13-07-3-0
11 NEW YORK ISLANDERS4518207431711112610-10-48-10-33-6-1
12 OTTAWA SENATORS491826541171301569-15-29-11-34-5-1
13 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS5015251040151281768-12-57-13-52-6-2
14 BUFFALO SABRES511627840141381828-14-48-13-43-6-1
15 NEW JERSEY DEVILS5017285391614618210-13-37-15-22-8-0
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS51113372991171977-17-14-16-63-7-0
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
COLORADO AVALANCHE5036104763319914321-3-215-7-27-2-1
CALGARY FLAMES4930136662816911414-4-416-9-210-0-0
MINNESOTA WILD4731133652718314316-4-115-9-27-3-0
ST. LOUIS BLUES4929146642717513718-6-211-8-46-3-1
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS5129184622516915014-11-315-7-15-3-2
EDMONTON OILERS5028193592516816114-11-014-8-36-3-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS5028184602715314314-9-014-9-44-5-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS5026177592414714113-11-213-6-56-2-2
ANAHEIM DUCKS5224199572115615813-8-411-11-55-3-2
10 DALLAS STARS4927202562414314517-7-110-13-16-4-0
11 VANCOUVER CANUCKS5224226542114014811-10-313-12-36-3-1
12 WINNIPEG JETS5022208522114515013-10-19-10-75-4-1
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS4922225492113115411-11-311-11-22-5-3
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS521826844151261768-13-410-13-43-6-1
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN521632436151351859-16-27-16-23-7-0
16 ARIZONA COYOTES501333430121141866-18-17-15-33-7-0
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT.  THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS.   THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.  

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE