INDIANA SRN BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Tue Nov 236:50pParke Heritage @ Covenant ChristianBasketball Girls
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Sat Nov 277:20pCovenant Christian @ Traders PtBasketball
Tue Nov 307:20pPark Tudor @ Greenwood ChristianBasketball
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Thu Dec 27:20pRitter @ Covenant ChristianBasketball Girls
Fri Dec 35:50pWest Vigo vs. @ GreencastleBasketball Girls
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Sat Dec 47:20pCovenant Christian @ ScecinaBasketball Boys
Sat Dec 47:20pUniversity @ Greenwood ChristianBasketball Boys
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NFL MONDAY NIGHT

TAMPA BAY 30 NY GIANTS 10

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2021

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

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

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

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2021

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

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, NOV. 23

BUFFALO AT BALL STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

WESTERN MICHIGAN AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 7 P.M. | ESPNU

THURSDAY, NOV. 25

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

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

FRIDAY, NOV. 26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COLORADO AT UTAH | 4 P.M. | FOX

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

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

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

SATURDAY, NOV. 27

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

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

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

HOUSTON AT UCONN | 12P.M. | CBSSN

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

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

NAVY AT TEMPLE | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NORTHWESTERN AT ILLINOIS | 3:30 P.M.

INDIANA AT PURDUE | 3:30 P.M.

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

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

WISCONSIN AT MINNESOTA | 4 P.M. | FOX

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

TULSA AT SMU | 4 P.M. | ESPN2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

FRIDAY NOV. 26

CLASS A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

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

CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

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

CLASS 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

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

SATURDAY, NOV. 27

CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

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

CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

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

CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

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

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL

BETHESDA CHRISTIAN81CROSSPOINTE CHRISTIAN30 
CULVER ACADEMY66INDIANAPOLIS HOMESCHOOL56 
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (DYER)57HAMMOND SCIENCE & TECH50 
INDIANAPOLIS TECH81WARREN CENTRAL68 
SEEGER61FAITH CHRISTIAN58 
PARIS (ILL.) TOURNAMENT
SOUTH VERMILLION50PARIS (ILL.)43 
SCHLARMAN (ILL.) TOURNAMENT
MILFORD (ILL.)52FOUNTAIN CENTRAL37 

INDIANA BASKETBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION PRE-SEASON POLL

RankSchoolTotal PointsRecord1st Place Votes
1CARMEL3790-06
2INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL3770-010
3HOMESTEAD3710-03
4WESTFIELD2290-0
5LAWRENCE NORTH2010-01
6WARREN CENTRAL1930-0
7INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS1900-0
8FISHERS1860-0
9INDIANAPOLIS TECH1640-0
10ZIONSVILLE1420-0
10JEFFERSONVILLE1420-0
12BREBEUF JESUIT1180-0
13BEN DAVIS1160-0
14GARY WEST SIDE980-0
15BLOOMINGTON NORTH890-0
16NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)810-0
17MISHAWAKA MARIAN790-0
18MT. VERNON (FORTVILLE)740-0
19BLOOMINGTON SOUTH650-0
20LAWRENCE CENTRAL630-0

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL

BENTON CENTRAL62NORTH NEWTON43 
BOONVILLE46SOUTHRIDGE43OT
BORDEN43SHAWE MEMORIAL31 
CARROLL (FLORA)69EASTERN (GREENTOWN)36 
CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)68EAST NOBLE31 
EASTERN GREENE54OWEN VALLEY44 
EASTSIDE48FREMONT43 
EDGEWOOD50WHITE RIVER VALLEY40 
ELKHART CHRISTIAN43SOUTH BEND CAREER16 
FORT WAYNE DWENGER52FORT WAYNE NORTH49 
GIBSON SOUTHERN60EVANSVILLE BOSSE28 
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (DYER)61HAMMOND SCIENCE & TECH29 
INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE52CENTRAL CHRISTIAN32 
LANESVILLE57ORLEANS20 
LAWRENCE CENTRAL64HERITAGE CHRISTIAN47 
LAWRENCEBURG55NORTH DECATUR40 
NORTHEAST DUBOIS37WOOD MEMORIAL16 
NORTHFIELD48PERU45 
PLYMOUTH47LOGANSPORT45 
PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD62EMINENCE45 
ROCK CREEK ACADEMY48CHRISTIAN ACADEMY43OT
SILVER CREEK69CORYDON CENTRAL40 
SOUTHMONT60SOUTH PUTNAM56 
SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)51HAUSER42 
TALAWANDA (OHIO)57FRANKLIN COUNTY34 
VINCENNES RIVET64SHOALS26 
WAPAHANI62WES-DEL43 

IBCA GIRLS BASKETBALL POLL

RankSchoolPointsRecordFPV
1CROWN POINT3945-018
2SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON3796-0  2
3NOBLESVILLE3435-0
4BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE3316-0
5FRANKLIN COMMUNITY3137-0
6FISHERS2885-0
7HOMESTEAD2844-1
8NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)2284-2
9ZIONSVILLE2155-1
10MISHAWAKA MARIAN1644-1
11PENN1624-2
12SILVER CREEK1595-0
13COLUMBUS EAST1395-1
14WESTFIELD1323-2
15EAST CENTRAL1212-1
16CARMEL  871-2
17HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN  734-2
18LAKE CENTRAL  544-1
19LAWRENCE NORTH  494-3
20SALEM  404-1

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25

#1 GONZAGA 107 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 54

#2 UCLA 75 BELLARMINE 62

#5 DUKE 107 CITADEL 81

#10 KENTUCKY 86 ALBANY 61

#12 HOUSTON 70 BUTLER 52

#13 ARKANSAS 72 KANSAS STATE 64

CINCINNATI 71 #14 ILLINOIS 51

OHIO STATE 79 #21 SETON HALL 76

#23 FLORIDA 80 CALIFORNIA 60

#24 USC 98 DIXIE STATE 71

ELSEWHERE (OF INTEREST)

ST. MARY’S 62 NOTRE DAME 59

RICE 109 EVANSVILLE 104 3OT

WISCONSIN 69 TEXAS A&M 63

PENN STATE 85 CORNELL 74

IOWA 109 WESTERN MICHIGAN 61

VALPARAISO 78 JACKSONVILLE STATE 70

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – TOP 25

#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 73 #2 CONNECTICUT 57

#23 S. FLORIDA 71 #9 OREGON 62

#13 MICHIGAN 69 OAKLAND 58

ELSEWHERE –(OF INTEREST)

PURDUE 70 MARSHALL 60

OKLAHOMA 88 MINNESOTA 69

CHICAGO STATE 71 WISCONSIN 63 OT

NBA SCOREBOARD

BROOKLYN 117 CLEVELAND 112

CHARLOTTE 109 WASHINGTON 103

ATLANTA 113 OKLAHOMA CITY 101

BOSTON 108 HOUSTON 90

MINNESOTA 110 NEW ORLEANS 96

INDIANA 100 CHICAGO 77

MILWAUKEE 123 ORLANDO 92

PHOENIX 115 SAN ANTONIO 111

MEMPHIS 119 UTAH 118

PHILADELPHIA 102 SACRAMENTO 94

NHL SCOREBOARD

COLUMBUS 7 BUFFALO 4

ST. LOUIS 5 VEGAS 2

NASHVILLE 3 ANAHEIM 2

PITTSBURGH 3 WINNIPEG 1

COLORADO 7 OTTAWA 5

SAN JOSE 2 CAROLINA 1

AP MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLL

RankSchoolVotesPrev
1GONZAGA 4-01515 (55)1
2UCLA 4-01443 (5)2
3PURDUE 5-01391 (1)6
4KANSAS 3-013543
5DUKE 5-012257
6BAYLOR 4-011549
7VILLANOVA 3-210905
8TEXAS 3-110838
9MEMPHIS 4-0100211
10ALABAMA 4-088014
10KENTUCKY 3-188013
12HOUSTON 3-086115
13ARKANSAS 3-075416
14ILLINOIS 2-162410
15TENNESSEE 3-155817
16ST. BONAVENTURE 5-051722
17ARIZONA 5-0474NR
18BYU 4-0449NR
19AUBURN 3-037421
20MICHIGAN 3-23674
21SETON HALL 3-0363NR
22UCONN 4-034223
23FLORIDA 3-029424
24USC 3-013825
25XAVIER 4-0102NR

TOP NATIONAL NEWS/RELEASES

TOM BRADY TOSSES 2 TDS, BUCCANEERS BEAT GIANTS 30-10

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tom Brady stepped up in the pocket to scramble, high-stepped a tackler, slid hard for a first down and got up pumping his arm and screaming.

That’s one way to erase the taste of losing.

Brady threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the New York Giants 30-10 on Monday night.

The Super Bowl champion Buccaneers (7-3) snapped a two-game skid as Brady avoided dropping three in a row for the first time since 2002.

“We’re at a decent point but we can play a lot better than we’ve played,” Brady said. “Hoping our best football is ahead of us.”

Brady started 10 for 10 before misfiring on a deep ball to Mike Evans. On the next play, the 44-year-old scrambled 10 yards on third-and-4 to extend Tampa’s drive that ended with Ryan Succop kicking a 25-yard field goal that made it 10-3.

“Eleven-yard run. They don’t happen very often so I do remember how far they go,” Brady said, unaware it was officially ruled 10 yards.

Rob Gronkowski joked that he was open up the seam for a touchdown on the play.

“He could’ve just chucked it up but I saw him running and that was pretty dope,” Gronkowski said. “That was pretty impressive.”

Daniel Jones threw a TD pass to left tackle Andrew Thomas and the Giants (3-7) stayed close for one half before unraveling.

“We have to do a better job of putting our players in position to make plays,” Giants coach Joe Judge said. “We have to make sure we sit down (Tuesday) as a coaching staff and understand how we’re going to play this game and give our players a chance to make plays.”

Down 17-10, the Giants drove to the Buccaneers 25 on the opening drive of the third quarter before Jones, under pressure from Devin White, threw incomplete on fourth-and-1 after rushing to the line to beat the play clock.

Brady then connected with Evans on a 5-yard TD pass to extend the lead to 24-10. Evans set a franchise record with his 72nd touchdown, passing Mike Alstott. He made sure to keep the ball after giving away Brady’s 600th TD pass to a fan earlier in the season.

“I’m very proud of that accomplishment. Hopefully I can extend it really far,” Evans said. “I’m very proud. A-Train was an unbelievable player. I’m happy to be in the same sentence as him, let alone break his record. It’s a blessing.”

Jones threw an interception to 310-pound nose tackle Steve McLendon on New York’s next possession, but Tampa settled for Succop’s 40-yard field goal despite starting at the Giants 37. It was McLendon’s first career pick in 12 seasons.

Jones was picked by Mike Edwards in the fourth quarter and Succop hit a 30-yarder to cap the scoring.

Brady finished 30 of 46 with one interception. He improved to 6-1 against the Giants in the regular season but has lost two Super Bowls to New York, including one that prevented New England from a perfect season.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion leads the NFL with 29 TD passes and is second in yards passing with 3,172.

Gronkowski was back in Tampa’s lineup after missing five of the previous six games. Brady targeted his buddy eight times, connecting with the four-time All-Pro tight end on six passes for 71 yards.

Star running back Saquon Barkley returned for the Giants after missing four games with a sprained ankle but only had 25 yards rushing on six carries.

Jones was sacked twice by a ferocious defense that was missing defensive tackle Vita Vea due to a knee injury.

Brady came out firing, completing his first five passes, including a 13-yard TD toss to Chris Godwin.

The Giants tied it at 10-10 after Evans let a pass bounce off his hands and right to Adoree Jackson, who returned the pick 5 yards to the Buccaneers 10.

Jones lofted a 2-yard TD pass to Thomas, who had to jump as he was backing up to haul it in. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Thomas, wearing a brace on his right arm, was back after missing four games. He celebrated his first career reception with the rest of the offensive line circling around him.

AP SOURCE: BRONCOS AGREE TO $60M EXTENSION WITH SUTTON

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) A person with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed to The Associated Press that the Denver Broncos and wide receiver Courtland Sutton have agreed to a four-year contract extension worth more than $60 million with $35 million guaranteed.

The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the extension was being finalized, confirmed the deal that was first reported by the NFL Network.

Sutton’s extension comes two days after wide receiver Tim Patrick signed a three-year extension worth $30 million with $18.5 million in guarantees.

Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson or any other veteran quarterback who might have his eyes on Denver in the offseason will see that the Broncos have their top four receivers- Patrick, Sutton, 2020 first-rounder Jerry Jeudy and 2020 second-rounder KJ Hamler-under contract for several more seasons.

Sutton, Denver’s second-round draft pick in 2018 out of SMU, has 43 catches for 617 yards and two TDs in his return this season from a torn ACL that sidelined him almost all of 2020.

Sutton had a Pro Bowl year in 2019, when he caught 72 passes for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns.

Sutton and Patrick are first and second, respectively, in receiving yards for the Broncos (5-5), who host the Los Angeles Chargers (6-4) on Sunday.

MAYFIELD BLAMES FRUSTRATION, NOT BOOS FOR POSTGAME CONDUCT

CLEVELAND (AP) Every bad throw, every body ache and every chance Baker Mayfield missed to put away the Lions pained him.

The boos directed at Cleveland’s quarterback – from some hard-to-please fans at home – didn’t help. So when the final seconds ticked off in a 13-10 win that felt more like a loss, Mayfield didn’t feel like celebrating.

“I feel like I let my teammates down,” he said.

With a day to process what went wrong and get a grip on his emotions, Mayfield said frustration with his own performance – not any booing or a litany of injuries – caused him to head straight to the locker room following the game and not speak to the media.

Mayfield threw two interceptions against the Lions in a sloppy, penalty-filled affair for the Browns (6-5), who held on for dear life and kept their playoff hopes intact as they head into a critical three-week stretch.

After the Browns ran out the clock to escape the upset, Mayfield took off his helmet and didn’t acknowledge teammates, coaches or anyone from Detroit’s team as he gloomily walked off the field.

He declined postgame interviews, which are required by the NFL unless a player is getting medical treatment.

“I was frustrated, among other things,” Mayfield said Monday on a Zoom call. “I mean I’ve never dodged any questions or hid – so just frustrated, removed those emotions and all of that from it and decided it was best to wait.”

Mayfield defended his decision to not discuss his uneven game.

“Not one part of that is not being accountable,” he said, snapping at a question. “I’d be the first to tell you I played like (expletive), so it’s not about accountable and I don’t owe you guys any of that.

“I owe that to my teammates and I talked to them, so that’s what matters.”

Mayfield, who is playing despite shoulder, knee and foot injuries, had another uneven performance in a season in which he’s trying to convince the Browns he’s worthy of a long-term contract extension. The trouble is, with each two-interception, 50% completion game, he could be playing himself out of the job.

On Sunday, he went 15 of 29 for 176 yards with two interceptions and one touchdown. But he wasn’t good when it mattered most.

After completing a 37-yard pass to Ja’Marcus Bradley, who was pushed into playing because of injuries across Cleveland’s wide receiving corps, Mayfield went 1 of 6 with an interception to end the game.

“It’s some of the harder throws I can make and then some of the easy ones I’ve done time and time again just don’t happen,” he said. “That’s very frustrating.”

Mayfield overthrew a wide-open Jarvis Landry on Cleveland’s second possession for his first pick, and then was booed after a pass in the fourth quarter was deflected and hauled in by cornerback A.J. Parker.

Mayfield dismissed the negative reaction from some in FirstEnergy Stadium.

“Those are probably the same fans that won’t be quiet while we’re on offense and trying to operate,” he said. “So don’t really care.”

In addition to a fracture in his left shoulder, Mayfield has a bone bruise on his heel and a knee issue. He acknowledged the injuries are affecting him, but insists he didn’t have any setbacks against the Lions.

Mayfield expects to start Sunday against Baltimore in the first of two games between the Browns and AFC North-leading Ravens in three weeks.

WHAT’S WORKING

Like his favorite superhero, Batman, Nick Chubb arrived just in time to rescue the Browns.

A week after sitting out following a positive COVID-19 test, Chubb rushed for 130 yards, picking up 36 on Cleveland’s final drive as the Browns exhausted the last 2:29 to put away the scrappy Lions.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

Points are at a premium. The Browns have scored 17 or fewer in six of the past eight games. Injuries have been an issue, but offensive execution and penalties have been far bigger problems.

STOCK UP

Cornerback Denzel Ward had his second interception in three weeks, and the fourth-year player has done a solid job in coverage while matched up against top wide receivers.

“He has come up big for us in the last few weeks, especially making plays on the ball,” coach Kevin Stefanski said. “He has to continue to challenge those receivers and very simply do not let your man catch the ball – take your guy out of it.”

STOCK DOWN

Mayfield will always have his detractors, it’s that there seems to be an abnormally large contingent of them at the moment. The bottom line is that if he’s going to play through injuries, he has to play at a higher level.

INJURIES

Stefanski said dynamic running back Kareem Hunt (calf) and starting 2020 All-Pro right tackle Jack Conklin (elbow) could both practice this week and play against the Ravens. Hunt has missed five straight games, while Conklin has been out for three.

Hunt is an invaluable offensive weapon.

“Kareem is kind of our Swiss Army knife,” center JC Tretter said. “He can do it all, pass game, run game.”

KEY NUMBER

10 – Penalties for 82 yards Sunday by the Browns, who are among the league’s most penalized teams. Right guard Wyatt Teller was the most egregious offender, getting whistled three times for an illegal block, false start and hold.

WHAT’S NEXT

Despite drama, injuries and inconsistency, the Browns remain in position to win their division.

EX-RAIDER RUGGS REMAINS ON HOUSE ARREST IN FATAL CRASH CASE

LAS VEGAS (AP) Former Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III received a stern talking-to from a Las Vegas judge but was allowed to remain on house arrest with a continuous alcohol monitor on one ankle and a GPS monitor on the other following a fatal crash he’s accused of causing by driving drunk.

Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum told Ruggs and his lawyers she was “comfortable with a higher level of monitoring” after a hearing about a delay in Ruggs providing a remote breath-alcohol test with a hand-held device on Nov. 13.

“But if there are any misses, if there are any problems, if there is any alcohol detected in your system, you need to know that’s going to be problematic for this court going forward,” she said.

Attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld said their client took a test anyway “out of an abundance of caution” on Nov. 13 and met a three-hour requirement by submitting the negative test.

“Henry still did the right thing by testing within the window,” Chesnoff said, standing with Ruggs before the judge. “He should not be punished because his case attracts so much attention.”

Since his Nov. 3 release from jail on $150,000 bail, Ruggs has passed more than 77 breath-alcohol tests, his lawyer told the judge.

Ruggs’ lawyers also submitted testimonials from two people who said they were with Ruggs when he missed the call Nov. 13, and didn’t hear a signal from the monitor.

Las Vegas police still have Ruggs’ cellphone, Chesnoff said, and he has now provided a new phone number to the monitoring system, SCRAM of Nevada.

The hand-held device emitted a signal while Ruggs stood before the judge, requiring Ruggs to submit a breath test after his court hearing.

Police and prosecutors say Ruggs, 22, and his girlfriend, Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, were injured in the pre-dawn Nov. 2 crash, when Ruggs’ Chevrolet Corvette slammed into the rear of a Toyota Rav4 that caught fire.

Tina Tintor, 23, died in the Toyota.

Chesnoff didn’t specify Ruggs’ injuries, but told the judge that a leg cast that initially prevented the use of the ankle monitor has been removed.

Chesnoff and Schonfeld are fighting separately to block prosecutors from accessing Ruggs’ medical records, and an attorney for Kilgo-Washington has launched a similar effort on her behalf. A Dec. 8 hearing is scheduled on that question.

Prosecutors say Ruggs’ blood-alcohol level was 0.16% – twice the legal limit for drivers in Nevada – and his vehicle hit speeds of 156 mph (251 kph) before the crash.

Ruggs is due for a Dec. 16 evidence hearing on two felony driving under the influence charges that each carry mandatory prison time of two to 20 years if he’s convicted, plus felony reckless driving and a misdemeanor weapon charge. Police say they found a loaded handgun in his wrecked sports car.

The Raiders released Ruggs just hours after the crash.

The team made Ruggs their first pick in the 2020 NFL draft, from Alabama, and he had been an emerging star for the Raiders this season.

INJURY TO RIBS LEAVES FIELDS’ STATUS UP IN THE AIR FOR BEARS

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears are reeling. And now, they might have to get by without Justin Fields.

Coach Matt Nagy said the team was still trying to determine Monday if their prized rookie quarterback bruised his ribs or broke them in the loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

“I can’t rule out anything, all I can say is we’re waiting to get feedback today and then that’s what we’ve got to go off of,” he said.

The Bears (3-7) were hoping Fields would build on his best outing as a pro. Instead, he struggled Sunday before heading to the locker room in the third quarter, and the Bears lost their fifth straight game.

Fields completed just 4 of 11 passes for 79 yards after throwing for a career-high 291 yards at Pittsburgh two weeks earlier. His final play was a 6-yard scramble on third-and-11 at the Chicago 45 on the opening drive of the third quarter.

Fields went to the locker room and was replaced by veteran Andy Dalton. Who will start when the Bears visit winless Detroit on Thursday was unclear.

“Obviously it comes down to the doctors and whatever they say and what they tell us, what it is and how it is and then how you can or cannot play with that,” Nagy said.

“And the other thing too in all this is as you guys know Justin is extremely tough and you have to know how to manage that and protect him from himself sometimes.”

It’s not the first time Fields has injured his ribs.

He took a shot to them in the national semifinals last year when Clemson linebacker James Skalski nailed him in the right side of his torso. Skalski was ejected for targeting because he led with the crown of his helmet.

Fields missed one play and finished with six touchdown passes in Ohio State’s 49-28 victory. The ribs bothered him in the national championship game, and the Buckeyes lost 52-24 to Alabama.

The Bears are banking on Fields developing into a star after trading up nine spots with the New York Giants to draft him with the No. 11 overall pick. A big part of that is keeping him healthy. But he also needs snaps.

“We always want to make sure that all our players, we’re not putting them at more risk regardless of who you are,” Nagy said. “Obviously, there’s more magnitude to everybody else and to us with Justin and being the quarterback and touching the football every play and throwing and that sort of thing. So we’ll have to keep that in mind.”

WHAT’S WORKING

The pass rush. The Bears were tied for the league lead with 31 sacks through Sunday after a recent dry spell knocked them down a few spots. The Bears sacked Baltimore’s Tyler Huntley six times, giving them 10 in the past two games. They had none in the previous two against Tampa Bay and San Francisco.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

The offense. After showing some promise against Pittsburgh, the Bears took a step backward. It was the fifth time this season they failed to reach the 20-point mark. The Bears ranked 29th in scoring and 31st in total offense through Sunday.

STOCK UP

LB Robert Quinn. The two-time Pro Bowler continued his bounce-back season with a career-high 3 1/2 sacks, giving him 10 on the season – tied for fifth in the NFL – after finishing with two in 2020. It’s the fifth season in double digits for the 11-year pro.

STOCK DOWN

CB Kindle Vildor. The second-year pro was having a rough game even before he appeared to get beaten on a blown coverage when Sammy Watkins hauled in a 29-yard pass to the 3, setting Devonta Freeman’s winning run with 22 seconds remaining. He was called for two pass interference penalties, including a 21-yarder on the first play of that drive.

Nagy indicated a communication breakdown led to Watkins getting open, though he wasn’t sure how it happened, and that Vildor missed his assignment.

INJURIES

Nagy had no update on DB Duke Shelley (hamstring), who left after he was hurt covering a fourth-quarter punt.

KEY NUMBER

8 – The Bears have eight straight losses following byes since a victory at Green Bay in 2013.

NEXT STEPS

With a Thanksgiving game at Detroit, the Bears have a quick turnaround as they try to avoid matching the longest losing streak of Nagy’s four seasons. They dropped six straight last year.

BRIGHTER MEDICAL OUTLOOK AWAITS COWBOYS, BUT AFTER RAIDERS

(AP) — The NFC East race is tightening up on Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys, who could be without the quarterback’s top two receivers in another game with the best pair of defensive ends sidelined on Thanksgiving.

A brighter medical outlook awaits in December if nobody else gets hurt, but the Las Vegas Raiders come first Thursday after Dallas (7-3) couldn’t overcome injuries while failing to validate its status as a Super Bowl contender against two-time defending AFC champion Kansas City.

“We went through everything that we went through last year for moments like this, to be able to move forward and for other guys to step in and take advantage of their opportunity,” said Prescott, who watched most of a 6-10 season in 2020 with a broken ankle. “That’s where playmakers and guys get better. We’re going to have to continue to do that with guys being out.”

At receiver, that list is topped by Michael Gallup, Cedrick Wilson and Noah Brown for now with Amari Cooper out for sure and CeeDee Lamb possibly joining him on the sideline.

Cooper won’t play against his former team because of a positive COVID-19 test last week and the accompanying rules for unvaccinated players. The Cowboys gave the Raiders a first-round pick in a 2018 trade for Cooper. Assistant strength and conditioning coach Cedric Smith was added to COVID-19 protocols Monday.

Lamb sustained a concussion in the 19-9 loss to the Chiefs, but did participate in meetings Monday.

Star defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is close to returning after being out since the opener with a broken foot, but the target date is more likely Dec. 2 at New Orleans. That’s also the first week Randy Gregory (calf strain) is eligible to return from injured reserve.

It’s also worth noting that running back Ezekiel Elliott is dealing with a knee injury that got a little worse with another awkward twist on a tackle Sunday, when division rivals Philadelphia and Washington each won a second consecutive game.

“We all understand the challenges that frankly we have to pick up as we move forward,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “We have a quick turnaround. We will take that experience and grow from it.”

WHAT’S WORKING

Rookie LB Micah Parsons hasn’t had much trouble getting pressure on quarterbacks when lining up at defensive end, a necessity with Lawrence and Gregory out. He had two more sacks against Patrick Mahomes, including a forced fumble Dallas recovered. With seven games remaining, Parsons has already tied DeMarcus Ware’s rookie club record of eight sacks from 2005.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

The Cowboys could use LT Tyron Smith, who has missed three consecutive games with an ankle injury. Dallas didn’t protect Prescott very well (season-high five sacks) and didn’t create much room in the running game.

LG Connor McGovern replaced the benched Connor Williams, but the key to making the line better could mean getting Terence Steele in the backup tackle spot, rather than a starting role, because experience is still an issue for the undrafted second-year player.

The pressure on Prescott helped contribute to his lost fumble and two interceptions. It was the 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year’s fifth career game with at least three giveaways.

STOCK UP

The defense deserves credit for keeping the Cowboys in the game when it looked like Mahomes and company might blow them out. Kansas City had to settle for a field goal after Prescott’s fumble at the Dallas 22-yard line, and the Chiefs scored just three points in the final 44 minutes. The Cowboys give up a lot of big plays but still find ways to get stops.

STOCK DOWN

The Dallas running game is averaging 88 yards per game over the past four outings after a five-game run at 185 yards per game. Elliott’s per-carry average is at 3.2 yards the past two games when it was at 4.5 through the first eight.

INJURIES

The Cowboys were optimistic about Smith returning against the Chiefs, which could mean the short week doesn’t matter in trying to get the perennial Pro Bowler back in the lineup.

“If he is ready, he is ready. If he is not, he is not. Hopefully he will be ready to go on Thursday,” McCarthy said.

Elliott continues to downplay his knee injury, even though he keeps limping through portions of games. “It’s feeling better, but I rolled up on it, and kind of hurt it. Overall, it’s definitely getting better,” Elliott said.

McCarthy said S Donovan Wilson won’t play against the Raiders after injuring a shoulder against the Chiefs.

KEY NUMBER

Sub-300 – The Cowboys were held to less than 300 yards (276) for the second time in three games. That hasn’t happened to a Prescott-led offense since late 2018.

NEXT STEPS

The next two games are the last in a seven-game stretch outside the NFC East, which also means division opponents are bunched up at the end. If the Cowboys can make their three-game lead in the loss column bigger, their focus can be more on the race for seeding in the NFC.

GONZAGA, UCLA HOLD DOWN TOP POLL SPOTS AHEAD OF SHOWDOWN

Gonzaga and UCLA continued their hold on the top two spots in The Associated Press Top 25 college basketball poll on Monday, setting the stage for their highly anticipated showdown this week, while Purdue and Duke barged their way into the top five.

The Bulldogs (4-0) had an easy week with wins over Alcorn State and Bellarmine and received 55 first-place votes from the 61-person medial panel that regularly covers college basketball. The Bruins (4-0) received five first-place votes after blowing out Long Beach State and North Florida last week to head to Las Vegas with some momentum.

Gonzaga played Central Michigan and UCLA faced Bellarmine on Monday night in the Good Sam Empire Classic. Then, the nation’s top two teams will square off Tuesday night in a Final Four rematch of a game won by the Bulldogs in overtime.

“It’s important for everybody if you want to make the NCAA Tournament,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “If you want to accrue a high seed, you have to play really, really good teams. I think it’s important for college basketball.”

Purdue received the only other first-place vote and leapfrogged Kansas into third in the Top 25 following the Boilermakers’ win over then-No. 5 Villanova in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament. The Jayhawks were fourth and the Blue Devils were fifth.

Defending national champion Baylor jumped to sixth after running roughshod over Central Arkansas and Stanford, while the Wildcats dropped only to seventh thanks to beating then-No. 12 Tennessee before losing to Purdue. Texas and Memphis were next, with Kentucky and Alabama in a tie for 10th in the second regular-season poll of the season.

The Wildcats and Crimson Tide were followed by Houston, Arkansas, Illinois and Tennessee at No. 15.

St. Bonaventure solidified its status as this season’s early mid-major darling by jumping six spots to No. 16 following wins over Clemson and Marquette. Arizona made the biggest leap into the poll at No. 17 after beating Wichita State and romping past then-No. 4 Michigan in the Roman Main Event, followed by another newcomer to the poll in BYU.

“We got good players,” Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd said. “I know we’ve been out of the limelight; maybe a little bit of that’s my fault because I haven’t been looking for it. But you know what? We’re here now. And we belong.”

Auburn and Michigan rounded out the top 20 with Seton Hall, UConn, Florida, USC and Xavier completing the poll.

“This is where we are as a program,” said Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard, whose Pirates beat the Wolverines last week for their first win over a top-five nonconference team on the road. “We can play with anybody in the country and we have done that in the last seven years.”

CONFERENCE CALL

SEC – 6 (Nos. 10, 10 tie, 13, 15, 19, 23)

Big East – 4 (Nos. 7, 21, 22, 25)

Big 10 – 3 (Nos. 3, 14, 20)

Big 12 – 3 (Nos. 4, 6, 8)

Pac-12 – 3 (Nos. 2, 17, 24)

American – 2 (Nos. 9, 12)

West Coast – 2 (Nos. 1, 18)

ACC – 1 (No. 5)

Atlantic 10 – 1 (No. 16)

UP AND DOWN

Purdue and Baylor moved up three spots within the top 10, and Alabama move up four spots to forge a tie with SEC rival Kentucky. The biggest drop came with Michigan, which was fourth before a pair of losses sent coach Juwan Howard’s crew tumbling all the way to No. 20.

“We’re going to get better, and I trust we will,” said Howard, whose team has another tough test with North Carolina on Dec. 1. “It’s part of the game: adversity. Adversity hits, it defines the man, or how he responds the next time.”

IN AND OUT

Arizona would have come in at No. 31 last week and debuted in the poll at No. 17 this week, while BYU would have been 29th a week ago and entered the poll at No. 18. Seton Hall would have been 38th a week ago and came in at No. 21, while Xavier gave the poll four newcomers this week.

Oregon went from No. 12 to the first team out. Ohio State, North Carolina and Maryland also fell out.

NO. 5 DUKE ROLLS AFTER CITADEL COACH TAKEN TO HOSPITAL

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) No. 5 Duke beat The Citadel 107-81 Monday night after Bulldogs coach Duggar Baucom collapsed on the court barely a minute into the game and was taken to a hospital.

Baucom fell along the sideline and was taken to Duke University Hospital. The 61-year-old Baucom was conscious as he was helped out of the gym by medical personnel.

“All things considered, he’s as good as he can be,” associate head coach Jake Castleberry said. “He was coherent the entire time. … He just said he was in pain.”

Team spokesman John Brush said later that Baucom was in good spirits and would remain in the hospital overnight. He’ll return with the team Tuesday morning to Charleston, South Carolina.

The Citadel’s Hayden Brown scored off an offensive rebound just before play was stopped for Baucom, who is in his seventh season at the school. Castleberry took over on The Citadel’s bench.

The Bulldogs dealt with the incident by refocusing quickly.

“When you go to school at The Citadel, you face some pretty challenging stuff,” Castleberry said. “As scary as that is and as … terrifying. They know they got to push through. That’s what you’re taught day-in and day-out.”

Freshman forward Paolo Banchero scored a career-high 28 points and Wendell Moore Jr. had 22 for Duke (6-0), which completed a five-game homestand with five double-digit victories. It was the Blue Devils’ last tuneup before Friday night’s clash with top-ranked Gonzaga.

“Paolo was really strong with the ball,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “We’re a different team when he’s like that.”

Mark Williams added 14 points, Trevor Keels had 11 and Jeremy Roach had 10 for the Blue Devils.

The Citadel made 18 baskets from 3-point range, setting a Cameron Indoor Stadium record for an opponent. Duke has made 18 3s twice in the building.

“So our team is going to have that memory with them for the rest of their lives,” Castleberry said.

The Bulldogs took 34 attempts from 3. Brent Davis made five and Brown had four.

“I didn’t think our defense was horrible on the 3,” Krzyzewski said. “They just knocked them down.”

Brown and Davis both scored 19 points and Stephen Clark had 16 points.

Duke had 25 assists compared to three turnovers. The Blue Devils were 27 for 29 on free throws.

The Blue Devils finished with a 46-29 rebounding edge, with Banchero and Moore each pulling in eight.

The Blue Devils opened the second half on a 15-6 surge to extend what had been a 52-42 halftime lead. Banchero had 13 points by the break.

“When Paolo is playing like that, we’re going to be one tough team to stop,” Moore said.

NO. 1 GONZAGA ROUTS CENTRAL MICHIGAN, TO FACE NO. 2 UCLA

LAS VEGAS (AP) Chet Holmgren scored 19 points and No. 1 Gonzaga breezed past Central Michigan 107-54 on Monday night in the Empire Classic ahead of a Final Four rematch with No. 2 UCLA.

Gonzaga (5-0), the No. 1 team for the 19th straight week, has defeated its first five opponents by an average margin of 33.6 points.

Gonzaga, which came into the game averaging 89.8 points per game, topped the 100-point plateau for the first time this season behind double-digit scoring from five players.

Holmgren is the third player to finish as the leading scorer for the Bulldogs this season.

“That’s one of the beautiful things about our team, anybody can step up,” Holmgren said. “We’re real deep, we got a lot of great players on this team. It’s not gonna be one person’s night every single night. We kind of feed off that, we look to each other to get each other going, we have a lot of great players so that works out really well.”

Nolan Hickman finished with 16 points, Julian Strawther scored 15 points, and Drew Timme and Rasir Bolton each had 11.

“These guys are good, you just straight up tell them what’s going on and they usually handle their business pretty good,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “That was the biggest, longest, physical team we’ve played thus far this year, as far as their length around the rim and all that. I thought our bigs did a nice job attacking them, and putting some foul pressure on.”

The Bulldogs outrebounded Central Michigan, 51-23, while they got 22 points off the Chippewas’ 17 turnovers.

Gonzaga will face the Bruins on Tuesday, its second showdown with a top-5 opponent this season after beating then-No. 5 Texas 86-74 on Nov. 13. Gonzaga beat UCLA in last year’s NCAA Tournament 93-90 in overtime on a buzzer-beater by Jalen Suggs.

Central Michigan (1-3) was led by Harrison Henderson with 11 points

Jermaine Jackson Jr., who came in leading Central Michigan with an average of 14.3 points per game, was held to just eight.

“We’re trying to keep a holistic approach to this season,” CMU associate head coach Shane Heirman said. “Obviously we’re gonna compete every single time we come on the floor, but you want to keep the bigger picture in mind. When you’re playing teams like the quality of Gonzaga, they’re able to kind of pick apart our inexperience. And so we just gotta continue to grow and continue to get better each time we step on the floor.”

Gonzaga used a 17-0 run in the first half to build its biggest lead at 52-23. The Bulldogs shot a blistering 60.5% from the floor and outrebounded Central Michigan 23-10. The Zags dominated play in the paint offensively, outscoring the Chippewas 40-6 from the key.

Despite shooting 50% from 3-point range in the first half, hitting 7 of 14 from beyond the arc, the Chippewas’ effort only got them within 24 at halftime, trailing 56-32.

The Bulldogs’ relentless defense in the first half triggered a transition game that saw them turn 10 CMU turnovers into 15 points. They were also dominant with seven offensive rebounds and outscored the Chippewas 6-0 with second-chance points.

“Good trend for us we’ve been really, really good defensively in the first halves pretty much all year,” Few said.

NO. 1 SC WOMEN BEAT NO. 2 UCONN 73-57 TO SOLIDIFY TOP SPOT

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Dawn Staley’s top-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks turned up their defense in the fourth quarter to turn away UConn.

Aliyah Boston had 22 points and 15 rebounds and the Gamecocks held the No. 2 Huskies to three points in the final 10 minutes of a 73-57 victory in the championship game of the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

“Our players are determined. They are resilient,” said Staley, South Carolina’s Hall of Fame coach. “We knew exactly what we had to do especially on the defensive side of the ball. We had to disrupt. UConn’s a team that’s a well-oiled machine. If you allow them to run their stuff, they’ve made teams look stupid. We had the personnel to disrupt and force them into contested shots.”

This was the 61st meeting between the top two teams in The Associated Press women’s college basketball poll and the sixth time it has happened in November. The No. 1 team holds a 38-23 advantage. The last meeting of the top two teams before Monday was between these same squads back in February. UConn was the No. 2 team and won 63-59 in overtime.

The Gamecocks (6-0) wouldn’t let the Huskies (3-1) beat them in the Bahamas, outscoring them 16-3 in the final quarter, setting off a postgame celebration that had South Carolina swaying alongside a Bahamian dance group.

Trailing 52-50 late in the third quarter, South Carolina cranked up its defense, holding UConn without a field goal for 7:38 spanning the final two periods. By the time Evina Westbrook hit a 3-pointer from the wing with 5 minutes left – UConn’s only points of the fourth – the Huskies trailed 63-57.

They got no closer. Destiny Littleton quickly answered with a 3 on the other end to restore the comfortable margin. She had hit a 3-pointer late in the third period to give the Gamecocks a 57-54 advantage heading into the fourth.

“Our defense did a superb job for 40 minutes,” Staley said. “You didn’t see the impact in the first half. It’s in the third and fourth quarters when you start feeling what our defense does to teams.”

Paige Bueckers, UConn’s sophomore sensation, had 19 points to lead the Huskies, who had won nine of the 10 previous meetings between the schools.

With the championship game taking place around the same time the poll is released each Monday, the AP decided to delay the poll for a day so it would reflect the outcome – the second time since the poll began in 1976 that it has been delayed.

The only other time also involved UConn. The second-ranked Huskies were playing No. 1 Tennessee on Jan. 16, 1995, in the first meeting of their storied rivalry. The Huskies pulled off the upset victory and moved to No. 1 for the first time in school history.

UConn couldn’t do it again on Monday.

“I liked 30 minutes of what we did; it was great,” said Huskies coach Geno Auriemma, also a Hall of Famer. “We got tired; our transition game was great in the first half.”

It was an entertaining first half played at the Atlantis Resort inside a converted ballroom that had a spirited crowd supporting both teams. South Carolina jumped out to a 6-0 lead before UConn went on a 20-2 run sparked by senior center Olivia Nelson-Ododa. She had two blocks and drew an offensive foul in the span of a minute during the burst. The Huskies, who once were up by 13, led only 20-14 after one quarter.

The defensive intensity continued in the second quarter as the Gamecocks were able to whittle down their deficit to 36-33 at the half. They continued to chip away in the third quarter before the big run that gave them control of the game.

This was the first of two meetings this season between these teams. The Huskies will visit South Carolina on Jan. 27. Both teams expect to be much improved by the second matchup.

In “the next four months, the team you saw today could be a completely different team. That’s every coach’s hope and prayer,” Auriemma said. “Our team can keep changing every week. Use every experience to build on. … This team, this team’s got some work to do if that’s going to happen. We’re going to have to work really, really hard for that to happen.”

BOARD DOMINANCE

South Carolina outrebounded UConn 42-25, including grabbing 19 offensive boards.

BIG PICTURE

South Carolina: This was the third win over a top-10 team for the Gamecocks this season. They’ve already beat No. 5 North Carolina State and ninth-ranked Oregon.

UConn: The Huskies fell short because they couldn’t get enough offense to help Bueckers.

BY THE NUMBERS

UConn has been involved in 26 of the 1-vs-2 games and has gone 22-4 in those contests, winning the previous nine before Monday’s loss.

UP NEXT

South Carolina: Hosts Elon on Friday.

UConn: Visits Seton Hall on Dec. 3.

LEBRON SUSPENDED 1 GAME, STEWART 2 GAMES FOR ALTERCATION

(AP) — LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers has been suspended for one game and Detroit’s Isaiah Stewart was suspended two games for their roles in an ugly incident during Sunday’s Lakers-Pistons game.

The NBA announced the suspensions Monday, and both will affect games on Tuesday. James will not play when the Lakers visit Madison Square Garden to play the New York Knicks. Stewart will miss the Pistons’ home game against Miami on Tuesday and their game Wednesday at Milwaukee.

James will forfeit about $284,000 in salary, while Stewart will lose about $45,000. It is the first suspension in the 19-year career of James, who has won four NBA titles with three teams.

The Lakers and Pistons meet again Sunday in Los Angeles.

Stewart, the NBA said, was disciplined for “escalating an on-court altercation by repeatedly and aggressively pursuing … James in an unsportsmanlike manner.” James merited the suspension “for recklessly hitting Stewart in the face and initiating an on-court altercation,” the NBA said.

The incident happened in the third quarter as James and Stewart were jostling for position during a free throw. Their arms appeared to get intertwined and James swung his elbow, making contact with Stewart, who quickly had blood streaming from above his eye.

Cooler heads seemed to prevail, for a moment. Stewart was guided away from the spot where the contact occurred by teammates and coaches, though he appeared to become more incensed along the way. He then tried to double back and run toward where James was. A number of people again blocked his path and made sure the ugly incident didn’t get uglier.

Stewart was assessed two technical fouls, James was assessed a Flagrant Foul Penalty 2, and both players were ejected from the game.

TATUM, CELTICS SEND ROCKETS TO 15TH STRAIGHT LOSS, 108-90

BOSTON (AP) Jayson Tatum scored 30 points, Jaylen Brown had 19 in his return from missing eight games with an injury and the Boston Celtics coasted by Houston 108-90 on Monday night, sending the Rockets to their 15th straight loss.

Dennis Schroder added 18 points for Boston, which has won three straight and eight of 11. Al Horford had 11 points and 11 rebounds. It was Tatum’s fourth straight game with 30 or more points.

“We love what the young guys have done and the other guys have done in those roles, but obviously we want to be whole,” Boston coach Ime Udoka said. “It’s good to get some continuity there to see where we’re going to be eventually when we get healthy.”

Armoni Brooks had 17 points for Houston (1-16). No starter reached double-digit scoring. The Rockets’ only win came at home against Oklahoma City in their second game.

“We need everybody,” Rockets coach Stephen Silas said. “We need all our starters, for sure. We need to be better.”

Starting center Robert Williams III also returned for Boston after being out the last three games with a sore left knee. He had 15 rebounds and two points.

The Celtics (10-8) broke it open with a 17-0 run midway into the third quarter, holding the Rockets without a point for 6 minutes.

Brown, sidelined with a right hamstring injury, brought the fans to their feet by scoring 10 straight points.

He had a scoop shot in the lane after two free throws and capped his burst with consecutive 3s 24 seconds apart, the first in transition from the top and the second on the left wing. That made it 72-50 with 6:43 left in the third.

“The biggest thing for him was to get his legs under him and feel confident of himself moving on the court,” Horford said of Brown. “Once he was able to get a couple of baskets, you could see that he felt more comfortable with everything. … That third quarter was a really nice stretch, seeing him moving well.”

Rockets center and former Celtic Daniel Theis knows how tough it is to contain Tatum and Brown when they get into a rhythm.

“It’s almost impossible,” Theis said. “You saw when Jaylen had it going, a couple of layups, free throws and he had two 3s in transition, it’s hard. You have to stop them as a team. You can’t stop him or Jayson one-on-one.”

Boston led 86-63 after three quarters.

Tatum had 22 points in the opening half.

JACKSON’S BIG FINISH HELPS GRIZZLIES EDGE JAZZ, 119-118

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) After a 43-point loss to Minnesota a day earlier, Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies had a 90-minute team meeting in Utah to clear the air.

In the closing seconds against the Jazz, there was nothing they needed to say.

So after Jaren Jackson won a jump ball Monday against Rudy Gobert, Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins skipped calling a timeout and left it to his players to win the game.

“I didn’t need to say anything,” Jenkins said.

Morant drove into the middle and kicked it back to Jackson, who hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in the Grizzlies’ 119-118 victory.

“Any time Ja drives, it’s like he has eyes in the back of his head. He already knows where everybody is on the court. He attracts a lot of attention and was able to hit me in my spot with a great pass,” said Jackson, who scored a season-high 26 points.

Morant had 32 points and Desmond Bane added a career-high 28 as the Grizzlies scored the final seven points for their third win in their last four games.

“It was me just reading the floor. We had Jaren spaced to keep Rudy (Gobert) outside of the paint. As I was driving I saw Rudy take some steps in and if I would have laid it up he probably would have blocked me, so I made the right read,” Morant said.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points and made a season-best seven 3-pointers. He hit back-to-back jumpers from beyond the arc in the final two minutes to put the Jazz in prime position.

Tied at 112, Gobert blocked Morant’s floater and Royce O’Neale found Bogdanovic for a transition 3. The next time down, the Croatian sharpshooter drained a step-back 3 for a 118-112 lead with 1:28 remaining.

Memphis hit four of six free throws while stopping the Jazz on consecutive possessions. Then, on Morant’s miss with 14.1 seconds left, an official review remaining showed Gobert did not interfere with the ball in the cylinder.

It resulted in a jump ball at midcourt, which Jackson won over Gobert.

Donovan Mitchell, who had 18 points on 5-of-20 shooting, missed an off-balance jumper at the buzzer.

“They guarded well but I just missed some shots tonight. It happens,” Mitchell said, while mostly pinning the loss on giving up offensive rebounds and turnovers.

Gobert had 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Mike Conley had 19 points and assists for the Jazz.

“We were up six with a minute left and we had three straight possessions where we don’t execute,” Gobert said. “Just too many mistakes for a team that has the kind of experience we have.”

The Jazz (11-6) led 80-73 on Hassan Whiteside’s tip-in before the Grizzlies scored nine straight points to take their first lead of the second half. Bane made two 3s in the run, while Brandon Clarke had a monster block on Bogdanovic.

The Jazz and Grizzlies then traded several highlight-reels plays as the pace quickened significantly. Conley finished a third quarter that saw the teams combined for 74 points with an alley-oop pass to Gobert for a layup and a floater to make it 96-92 entering the final quarter.

This was the first meeting since the Jazz ousted the Grizzlies 4-1 in the first round of last season’s playoffs.

“It was big time for us to get this win. In that series, we played the majority of every game, good hard basketball and in the last four minutes of those games, they were just better and broke away from us,” Morant said.

76ERS PULL AWAY IN 4TH TO BEAT KINGS, SPOIL GENTRY’S DEBUT

SACRAMENTO, Callif. (AP) Tyrese Maxey had 24 points and the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers beat Sacramento 102-94 on Monday night, spoiling Alvin Gentry’s debut as interim Kings coach.

Shake Milton scored 16 points and Matisse Thybulle added 15, helping the Sixers to their second win in eight games. Andre Drummond had nine points and 23 rebounds.

“Guys stepped up tonight,” Maxey said. “We really buckled down defensively in the last four minutes. We got so many consecutive stops and guys like Shake hit big shots late. It was just a team collective effort.”

Sixers coach Doc Rivers was forced to juggle his roster yet again to make up for missing players. Philadelphia, already minus Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, also played without Tobias Harris (left hip) and Seth Curry (back tightness).

Maxey helped the team overcome those absences despite a rough night from the floor. The 76ers’ guard shot 8 of 22 and came up empty on four attempts beyond the arc.

But he had six points as part of Philadelphia’s fourth-quarter blitz. Milton and Georges Niang also scored six during the decisive surge.

“Like I said before the game, we can get it to the fourth quarter, we felt like we had a chance to win,” Rivers said. “They went up (nine), we didn’t let go of the rope. We got to the last six minutes and we didn’t know who was going to make the bucket but we played great defense and we executed offensively and the ball found the open guy. That’s a good lesson for us.”

Philadelphia’s defense made the biggest difference down the stretch, limiting the Kings to 12 points in the fourth quarter. Drummond, who had three blocks, played a big role with three rebounds over the final two minutes while controlling the middle.

“Staying the course is what we’re doing right now, just holding on as long as we can until everybody gets back,” Drummond said.

De’Aaron Fox had 23 points and Buddy Hield scored 21 for the Kings.

Gentry was promoted to interim coach after the Kings fired Luke Walton on Sunday. Gentry most recently served as head coach for the New Orleans Pelicans (2015-20). He’s also had head coaching stops with Miami, Detroit, the Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix.

Not much looked different, however, as Sacramento again had trouble finishing.

The Kings led by nine early in the fourth quarter but were outscored 25-8 over the final 9:45, extending their losing streak against the 76ers to seven games.

“Bottom line, you have to step up and make shots,” Gentry said. “We got some good looks at it and we didn’t make them. That’s where we’ve kind of struggled. We played a team that had a lot of their starters missing and we didn’t get the job done.”

BUCKS DOMINATE MAGIC 123-92 FOR 4TH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY

MILWAUKEE (AP) Jrue Holiday scored 18 points and the Milwaukee Bucks opened the biggest halftime lead in franchise history on their way to a 123-92 blowout of the Orlando Magic on Monday night.

The Bucks’ 77-36 lead at the break also was Orlando’s biggest halftime deficit ever.

Before Monday, Milwaukee’s largest halftime lead was a 78-40 advantage over Detroit on Dec. 26, 1978. The Bucks won that game 143-84.

Milwaukee won its fourth straight and still hasn’t lost a game this season in which its top three players – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Holiday – were all in the lineup.

“Obviously we’re missing Brook (Lopez) and Donte (DiVincenzo), but still, having most of our guys here is just giving us confidence just to go out there and just play and play our game and play our brand of basketball,” Bucks forward Bobby Portis said. “I think our team is getting better just game by game.”

The Bucks eventually built the margin to 51, becoming the first team to lead a game by at least 50 points this season. The biggest lead this season entering Monday was 45, by Minnesota in a 138-95 victory over Memphis on Saturday.

Milwaukee beat Orlando for the second time in three nights. The Bucks won 117-108 on Saturday.

“It’s good to play a team again and have that look and feel,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Our guys played well tonight, executed on both ends, including coming out in the third quarter. A lot of good stuff tonight for us.”

Orlando played both games without leading scorer Cole Anthony, who has a sprained right ankle. Magic coach Jamahl Mosley wasn’t definitive on when Anthony might return.

“No timetable as of right now,” Mosley said before the game. “We’re just going to keep seeing how he progresses as he goes through rehab.”

Milwaukee’s Pat Connaughton scored 17 and shot 5 of 7 from 3-point range. Antetokounmpo had 12 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in only 24 minutes.

Grayson Allen and Jordan Nwora each added 14 points for the Bucks. Portis had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Middleton scored 12 points.

Moritz Wagner led Orlando with 18 points. The Magic also got 14 from R.J. Hampton, 13 each from Robin Lopez and Mychal Mulder and 12 from Chuma Okeke.

“Give the Bucks all the credit for the way they played,” Mosley said. “They are the world champions for a reason. They turned the pressure up. This is a great measuring stick to help us understand the things that we need to do to continue to grow, to continue to get better and to continue to develop.”

JACKSON’S BIG FINISH HELPS GRIZZLIES EDGE JAZZ, 119-118

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) After a 43-point loss to Minnesota a day earlier, Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies had a 90-minute team meeting in Utah to clear the air.

In the closing seconds against the Jazz, there was nothing they needed to say.

So after Jaren Jackson won a jump ball Monday against Rudy Gobert, Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins skipped calling a timeout and left it to his players to win the game.

“I didn’t need to say anything,” Jenkins said.

Morant drove into the middle and kicked it back to Jackson, who hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in the Grizzlies’ 119-118 victory.

“Any time Ja drives, it’s like he has eyes in the back of his head. He already knows where everybody is on the court. He attracts a lot of attention and was able to hit me in my spot with a great pass,” said Jackson, who scored a season-high 26 points.

Morant had 32 points and Desmond Bane added a career-high 28 as the Grizzlies scored the final seven points for their third win in their last four games.

“It was me just reading the floor. We had Jaren spaced to keep Rudy (Gobert) outside of the paint. As I was driving I saw Rudy take some steps in and if I would have laid it up he probably would have blocked me, so I made the right read,” Morant said.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points and made a season-best seven 3-pointers. He hit back-to-back jumpers from beyond the arc in the final two minutes to put the Jazz in prime position.

Tied at 112, Gobert blocked Morant’s floater and Royce O’Neale found Bogdanovic for a transition 3. The next time down, the Croatian sharpshooter drained a step-back 3 for a 118-112 lead with 1:28 remaining.

Memphis hit four of six free throws while stopping the Jazz on consecutive possessions. Then, on Morant’s miss with 14.1 seconds left, an official review remaining showed Gobert did not interfere with the ball in the cylinder.

It resulted in a jump ball at midcourt, which Jackson won over Gobert.

Donovan Mitchell, who had 18 points on 5-of-20 shooting, missed an off-balance jumper at the buzzer.

“They guarded well but I just missed some shots tonight. It happens,” Mitchell said, while mostly pinning the loss on giving up offensive rebounds and turnovers.

Gobert had 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Mike Conley had 19 points and assists for the Jazz.

“We were up six with a minute left and we had three straight possessions where we don’t execute,” Gobert said. “Just too many mistakes for a team that has the kind of experience we have.”

The Jazz (11-6) led 80-73 on Hassan Whiteside’s tip-in before the Grizzlies scored nine straight points to take their first lead of the second half. Bane made two 3s in the run, while Brandon Clarke had a monster block on Bogdanovic.

The Jazz and Grizzlies then traded several highlight-reels plays as the pace quickened significantly. Conley finished a third quarter that saw the teams combined for 74 points with an alley-oop pass to Gobert for a layup and a floater to make it 96-92 entering the final quarter.

This was the first meeting since the Jazz ousted the Grizzlies 4-1 in the first round of last season’s playoffs.

“It was big time for us to get this win. In that series, we played the majority of every game, good hard basketball and in the last four minutes of those games, they were just better and broke away from us,” Morant said.

DESCLAFANI, GIANTS REACH AGREEMENT ON $36M, 3-YEAR CONTRACT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Right-hander Anthony DeSclafani reached agreement Monday on a $36 million, three-year contract to remain with the San Francisco Giants.

DeSclafani emerged as a key member of manager Gabe Kapler’s rotation during the NL West champion Giants’ record-setting 107-win season, going a career-best 13-7 with 152 strikeouts and a 3.17 ERA over 31 starts.

He is set to make $12 million in each season of the deal from 2022-24, and the contract also includes a $60,000 donation the 31-year-old pitcher will make annually to the Giants Community Fund.

“Obviously, he had a really nice year for us. Beyond his individual stats, we were 21-10 in games that he started, so the team had a lot of success when he took the ball, which is of the ultimate importance,” President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi said.

Last Wednesday, first baseman Brandon Belt accepted the club’s $18.4 million qualifying offer for the 2022 season following a career-best year.

San Francisco cleared roster room by designating outfielder Alex Dickerson for assignment.

RED SOX PICK UP MANAGER ALEX CORA’S OPTION FOR 2 SEASONS

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have picked up Alex Cora’s option for two more seasons, rewarding their manager for taking them to the AL Championship Series in his first year back after serving his one-year sign-stealing suspension.

Cora, 46, is now under contract through 2024.

“Alex’s leadership of our staff and our players was critical to all that we accomplished in 2021,” Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom said. “Along with the entire Red Sox front office, I am excited for many years of continued partnership as we work together to bring another World Series trophy to Fenway Park.”

A former infielder who was a member of Boston’s 2007 World Series championship team, Cora is 284-202 in three seasons as manager.

In his first year, 2018, he led the club to a franchise-record 108 victories and a World Series title. Cora was let go a year later when he was identified as the ringleader in the Houston Astros cheating scandal.

After Ron Roenicke managed the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Cora was brought back to the Boston dugout. The Red Sox went 92-70, then beat the New York Yankees in the AL wild-card game and the Tampa Bay Rays in the divisional round before losing to the Astros in the ALCS.

“I am beyond grateful for this opportunity to manage the Red Sox,” he said. “We experienced so many special moments as a team and as a city in 2021, but we still have unfinished business to take care of.”

ANGELS SIGN RELIEVER AARON LOUP FOR 2 YEARS, $17 MILLION

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Left-handed reliever Aaron Loup has agreed to a $17 million, two-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

The club announced the deal Monday for Loup, adding one of the most effective relievers on the free agent market to right-handed starter Noah Syndergaard in an impressive early-offseason haul for the perpetually pitching-poor Angels.

The 33-year-old Loup went 6-0 with a 0.95 ERA in 65 appearances last season for the New York Mets, posting the lowest ERA among all major league relievers with at least 50 innings. He held batters to a career-low .192 average and was particularly dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .167 average with only two extra-base hits.

Lowe will make $7.5 million in each of his two guaranteed seasons under the contract. The Angels also have a club option for 2024 at $7.5 million with a $2 million buyout.

Loup will be a key component of another rebuilt bullpen for the Angels. They have made pitching their top concern in general manager Perry Minasian’s tenure.

Last week, the Angels landed Syndergaard with a $21 million, one-year deal to join their rotation alongside MVP Shohei Ohtani and young starters Patrick Sandoval and Jose Suarez.

The Angels also have said they will attempt to re-sign closer Raisel Iglesias, who has emerged as likely the top reliever on the free agent market after an outstanding sole season with Los Angeles. Iglesias declined a qualifying offer earlier this month from the Angels, but has said he would like to return.

Loup also pitched for Toronto, Philadelphia, San Diego and Tampa Bay before joining the Mets last year. He has a career 3.05 ERA.

The Angels designated left-hander Hector Yan for assignment in a corresponding move.

ORTIZ, HOWARD, LINCECUM, A-ROD NEW TO HALL OF FAME BALLOT

NEW YORK (AP) David Ortiz, Ryan Howard, Tim Lincecum and Alex Rodriguez are among 13 first-time candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, joining 17 holdovers.

Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens make their 10th and final appearance on the BBWAA ballot along with Curt Schilling, who fell 16 votes shy of the necessary 75% in last year’s balloting. Schilling appeared on 71.1% of ballots, Bonds 61.8% and Clemens 61.6%.

Justin Morneau, Jimmy Rollins and Jake Peavy also are new to the ballot along with Carl Crawford, Prince Fielder, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Papelbon, A.J. Pierzynski and Mark Teixeira, the Hall and BBWAA said Monday.

Holdovers include Bobby Abreu, Mark Buehrle, Todd Helton, Tim Hudson, Torii Hunter, Andruw Jones, Jeff Kent, Andy Pettitte, Manny Ramirez, Gary Sheffield, Sammy Sosa, Omar Vizquel and Billy Wagner.

Sosa also will be on the ballot for the final time after receiving 17% last year.

BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years of membership are eligible to vote. Ballots must be postmarked by Dec. 31 and results will be announced Jan. 25.

Any players elected will be inducted into the Hall at Cooperstown on July 24 along with anyone elected by the Golden Days Era and Early Baseball Era committees, which are scheduled to meet on Dec. 5.

No was elected by the BBWAA in last year’s vote, and Schilling asked after the vote that the Hall remove him from the ballot.

“It’s all right, the game doesn’t owe me anything,” he said during a live video stream on his Twitter account.

Clemens has denied using performance-enhancing drugs and Bonds has denied knowingly using them. Bonds also has been accused of domestic violence and Clemens of maintaining a decadelong relationship with a singer who was 15 when they met.

Rodriguez was suspended for the 2014 season for violating MLB’s drug policy and collective bargaining agreement, and Ortiz’s name was alleged to have appeared on a list of players who tested positive during 2003 survey testing.

BIG 10 FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Illinois, Ohio State and Penn State Earn Weekly Football Honors

Offensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week
C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
QB – Fr. – Empire, Calif. – Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)

  • Completed 32 of 35 passes (.914 pct.) for 432 yards and a career-high six touchdowns in Ohio State’s 56-7 win over Michigan State. Threw all six touchdown passes in the first half to give the Buckeyes a 49-0 halftime lead and then exited the game midway through the third quarter
  • Tied Ohio State’s single-game record for touchdown passes in a half and in a game
  • Is the only Big Ten quarterback to pass for six touchdowns in a game this season and is one of just eight Big Ten quarterbacks to do so since 2013
  • According to College Football Reference, his career-high 91.4 completion percentage is the second highest by an FBS quarterback in a single game in 2021 (min. of 20 attempts)
  • Earns the second Offensive Player of the Week accolade of his career and his seventh Freshman of the Week honor of the season
  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Garrett Wilson (Nov. 15, 2021)
  • Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: C.J. Stroud (Nov. 15, 2021)

 
Defensive Player of the Week
Isaiah Gay, Illinois
LB – Sr. – Nashville. N.C – Northern Nash (N.C.)

  • Notched a career-high 10 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss, and a sack vs. Iowa
  • Recorded the third-most tackles for loss in a single game in Illinois history and the most ever by an Illini defender in a Big Ten game. Is tied with Wisconsin’s Leo Chenal for the most tackles for a loss in a single game by a Big Ten defender this season
  • With Iowa at the Illinois 30-yard line, recorded TFLs on three consecutive plays to end a Hawkeye drive and force a field goal attempt
  • Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Illinois Defensive Player of the Week: Calvin Hart Jr. (Aug. 30, 2021)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Jordan Stout, Penn State
K/P – Sr. – Cedar Bluff, Va. – Honaker (Va.)

  • Punted eight times for 343 yards (42.9 avg.) and landed four inside the 10-yard line and six inside the 20-yard line during Penn State’s 28-0 win over Rutgers. Had two punts of 50-plus yards. Also hit touchbacks on all five of his kickoff attempts
  • Dropped punts at the Rutgers 3, 8 and 9 in the first quarter alone. Also pinned the Scarlet Knights at their own 3 in the third quarter
  • Helped limit Rutgers’ average starting field position to the Scarlet Knights’ own 18-yard line
  • Ranks second in the Big Ten in 2021 with 24 punts of 50-plus yards and is tied for third with 31 punts inside the 20
  • Earns the fourth Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career and his third of the season
  • Last Penn State Special Teams Player of the Week: Jordan Stout (Nov. 15, 2021)

MAC FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

MAC Football East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Dustin Crum, Kent State, QB 
Grad., Grafton, Ohio (Midview)
Crum led the Flashes to a 38-0 rivalry win with his legs this week, posting a season-high 114 yards on the ground and scoring his 9th and 10th rushing touchdowns of the year. He also had a career-long 62 yard jaunt in the first quarter, setting up the first score of the game. Crum also showed off his punting prowess, pooching a 30-yard kick downed at the one.
 
MAC Football East Division Defensive Player of the Week
CJ West, Kent State, DL          
Sophomore, LaGrange Park, IL (Nazareth)    
West was a disruptive force for the Flashes in the shutout of the Zips. West had the first three sack game for the Flashes since 2015 and helped the defense hold the Zips to just 188 yards of offense. West led a defense to the team’s first shutout since 2009 and the first in the Wagon Wheel game since 1949
 
MAC Football East Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Andrew Glass, Kent State, K  
Freshman, Wheeling, W.Va. Wheeling Park
Glass made all seven of his kicks and ran his consecutive field goal streak to nine straight. Glass connected from 20, 31 and 43 to account for the Flashes second-half scoring. Glass also continued to neutralize the kick return game, limiting the Zips to just 71 return yards on 8 kickoffs, good for less than 9 yards per return
 
MAC Football West Division Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Lew Nichols III , Central Michigan, Running Back      
R-Freshman, Detroit, Mich. / Cass Technical
Nichols posted his second-straight 200+ yard rushing performance, gaining 219 yards on 32 carries in a victory at Ball State, 37-17. He scored three touchdowns including a 66-yard score in the second quarter. He is the first CMU player with back-to-back 200-yard rushing performances since Thomas Rawls in 2014 and just the third in program history. Nichols also caught one pass for 17 yards, giving him 236 all-purpose yards. He now leads the country in rushing yards and is second in all-purpose yards.
 
Bryant Koback, Toledo, RB    
Junior, Holland, Ohio (Springfield)
Koback rushed for 203 yards and four touchdowns, including a game-breaker on fourth down in the third quarter, to lead Toledo to a 35-23 victory at Ohio on Tuesday. He also caught three passes for 19 yards. Koback scored from 8, 4, 55 and 13 yards out, lifting Toledo  to its second consecutive win. The 55-yarder came on fourth-and-one and Toledo holding a slim 14-9 lead midway the third quarter. Koback now has 1,139 yards on the season, the second time in his career he has cracked the 1000-yard mark. He also moved past Terry Swanson for fourth on Toledo’s all-time list with 3,765 career rushing yards.
 
MAC Football West Division Defensive Player of the Week
C.J. Brown, NIU, Safety          
Freshman (2nd Year), Canton, Michigan (Walled Lake Western HS)
NIU safety C.J. Brown made a career high 13 tackles, including 10 solo stops, to lead the Huskies defensive effort versus Buffalo.  Brown’s 1.5 tackles for loss were also a career best. Brown’s efforts helped the Huskies limit the Bulls to just 162 passing yards on 16 completions. He made 8 of his 13 tackles in the second half and overtime, including two on UB’s offensive production in overtime that eventually led to a Huskie fumble recovery.
 
MAC Football West Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Chad Ryland, Eastern Michigan, Kicker         
Junior, Lebanon, Pa. (Cedar Crest)    
Ryland already the program’s all-time record holder in PAT attempts (142), PAT makes (138), and longest field goal (t-1; 55 yards), set yet another record against Western Michigan, Nov. 16. The Lebanon, Pa. native hit five field goals, the most ever in a single game for the program.

MEN’S BIG TEN BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Co-Players of the Week
Keegan Murray, Iowa
F – So. – 6-8 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Prairie – Major: Sport and Recreation Management

  • Averaged 26.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 blocks per game in a pair of Iowa victories
  • Became the first Hawkeye since 1977 to record at least 25 points and 20 rebounds is a single game after posting 27 points, 21 rebounds, four blocks, and two assists in Iowa’s win over North Carolina Central
  • Added 26 points against Alabama State to continue his streak of scoring at least 24 points in every game this season
  • Earns the first Player of the Week accolade of his career
  • Last Iowa Player of the Week: Luka Garza (Feb. 22, 2021)

Trevion Williams, Purdue
F – Sr. – 6-10 – Chicago, Ill. – Henry Ford Academy – Major: Retail Management

  • Averaged 16.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game in just 17.7 minutes per contest to guide Purdue to three wins
  • Surpassed 1,000 career points and 650 career rebounds in the win over Wright State
  • Had 20 points and four rebounds in just 13 minutes against No. 18 North Carolina
  • Claims the third Player of the Week award of his career
  • Last Purdue Player of the Week: Trevion Williams (Jan. 18, 2021)

Freshman of the Week
Caleb Furst, Purdue
F – 6-10 – Fort Wayne, Ind. – Blackhawk Christian

  • Recorded 11.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in three Purdue victories
  • Notched his first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds against Wright State
  • Went 8-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-point range in wins over North Carolina and Villanova, including 5-of-5 and 1-of-1 in the title game against No. 5 Villanova
  • Earns his first career Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Jaden Ivey (Feb. 8, 2021)

MAC MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Maceo Jack, Buffalo, Guard   
Senior, Amherst, NY (Williamsville North)   
Senior Maceo Jack helped lead the Bulls to a pair of victories this past week as he scored 18 points in each of Buffalo’s two wins. On Monday at defending C-USA champion North Texas, Jack knocked down four triples to help the Bulls to a 69-66 come from behind victory.  He added another 18 points in 27 minutes of action on Saturday against Rider.  He had three more three pointers, hitting six field goals altogether and went 3-of-3 from the charity stripe.
 
Other Nominees
Tyler Cochran, Ball State, Guard 
Junior, Bolingbrook, Ill. (Bolingbrook)          
During the Jersey Mike’s Classic, Tyler led the team with 13 assists, led the team with five steals, second on the team with 13 rebounds, finished third on the team with 10.3 points per game, and had one of the team’s six blocks. Tyler led the team with a career high in a Ball State uniform with 22 points in BSU’s win over UMass. He shot 87.5% from the field against UMass behind a 7-for-8 shooting performance. Tyler was a key factor in the transition game and was the spark that helped the Cardinals defeat UMass. 
 
Joe Reece, Bowling Green, Forward/Center
Junior, St. Louis, Mo. (East St. Louis)
Reece continued his consistent start to the season. Reece tallied 11 points for the Falcons against Ohio State and 10 against Norfolk State, having now logged double-digit points in each of BGSU’s first four games of the 2021-22 season. Reece has also been a key cog on the boards for the Orange and Brown, bringing down six rebounds against the Buckeyes and seven against the Spartans. 
 
Jermaine Jackson Jr., Central Michigan, Guard        
Grad Student, Detroit, Mich./Dakota
Jackson hit a sensational buzzer beater in CMU’s victory at Eastern Illinois, 62-61. With CMU trailing by one with 2.4 seconds left, Jackson grabbed a tipped in-bounds pass and laid in the winning basket at the buzzer. Jackson had 14 points in the game, going 6-11 from the field. He added four assists, three rebounds and a steal.
 
Noah Farrakhan, Eastern Michigan, Guard   
Freshman, Newark, N.J.-The Patrick School (East Carolina)
Farrakhan helped pace the Eagles in a pair of games against traditional postseason participants Northern Kentucky (Nov. 18) and Michigan State (Nov. 20). Against NKU, poured in 21 points while grabbing five caroms in 31 minutes of work versus the Norse. Followed it up with a 14 point, six rebound effort against the Spartans. Was perfect on the week from the free-throw line whole shooting 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from three-point range.  Versus MSU, Farrakhan and teammates become the first squad this season to out-rebound Tom Izzo’s club.
 
Dae Dae Grant, Miami, Guard           
Junior, Lorain, Ohio (Lorain)  
Grant propelled Miami to its first 4-0 start since the 1998-99 season, leading Miami to a pair of wins last week as Miami led from start to finish in both contests. Grant averaged 17.0 ppg, 6.5 apg with a 4.33 assist/turnover ratio, while shooting 52.0 percent from the floor. He recorded 18 points, seven rebounds and tied a then-career-high of five assists against Stetson on Wednesday. He followed that with a 16-point, career-high eight-assist effort in 23 minutes of action while shooting 70.0 percent from the floor against Heidelberg. Grant’s assist average over the two games last week surpassed his previous career high for assists in a game heading into the week. For the week, he also averaged 4.0 rpg and knocked down four triples.
 
Ben Vander Plas, Ohio, Forward       
Redshirt Senior. Ripon, Wis. (Ripon)
Vander Plas led the Bobcats this past week, helping them go 1-1 to start the season 3-1. Overall, Vander Plas averaged 18.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He shot 53.6 percent from the field and went 6-of-14 (.429) from three.  On Nov. 15 against Robert Morris, Vander Plas scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. He shot 7-of-13 from the field and 3-of-7 from three, helping lead Ohio to the 85-71 victory. Vander Plas led Ohio again on Nov. 19 at No. 13 Kentucky. He finished the game with a team-high 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. Vander Plas shot 8-of-15 from the field and was 3-of-7 from thee and dished out three assists. 

BIG 10 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Co-Player of the Week
Ashley Owusu, Maryland
Jr. – G – Woodbridge, Va. – Paul VI – Major: Communication
• Registered 18.7 points and 4.7 assists per game with a 4.7 assist/turnover ratio last week, helping No. 3/5 Maryland to three more wins, including a victory over No. 6/8 Baylor
• Collected 24 points, six assists and four rebounds for a shorthanded Maryland squad in Sunday’s win over Baylor, scoring her 1,000th career point in the process
• Added 16 points each in the Terrapins’ other two victories last week over Mount St. Mary’s and UNC Wilmington
• Earns her first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
• Last Maryland Player of the Week: Stephanie Jones (Feb. 17, 2020)
 
Co-Player of the Week
Makenna Marisa, Penn State
Jr. – G – McMurray, Pa. – Peters Township – Major: Education
• Averaged 29.5 points, 9.5 assists, 5.5 steals and 5.0 rebounds per game last week as Penn State split a pair of non-conference matchups
• Recorded her first career triple-double on Nov. 16 vs. Delaware State with 30 points, 11 assists and 10 steals, the first for a PSU player since 1988 and only the second in Big Ten history to feature steals as a component
• Followed that up with 29 points, eight assists and five rebounds in Sunday’s three-point loss at Clemson
• Secures her first career Big Ten Player of the Week honor
• Last Penn State Player of the Week: Johnasia Cash (Feb. 8, 2021)
 
Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll
Ali Patberg, Grad., G, IND: Tallied 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game to pace No. 4/7 Indiana to two non-conference victories last week
Emily Kiser, Sr., F, MICH: Posted 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, along with her first career double-double last week as a shorthanded No. 13/10 Michigan picked up two key non-conference victories
Jaz Shelley, So., G, NEB: Needed just 20 minutes to log her first career triple-double and the fourth in Nebraska history with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a Nov. 20 win over N.C. Central
 
Freshman of the Week
Shyanne Sellers, Maryland
G – Aurora, Ohio – Aurora – Major: Undeclared (Letters & Sciences)
• Chalked up 10.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game with a 14.00 assist/turnover ratio in fueling the No. 3/5 Terrapins to three wins last week
• Posted a double-double in a Nov. 16 win over Mount St. Mary’s with 12 points and 11 rebounds and nearly added another two days later against UNC Wilmington (13 points, nine assists)
• Moved into starting lineup for shorthanded Maryland side in Sunday’s win over No. 6/8 Baylor, contributing seven points, five rebounds and three assists
• Collects her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
• Last Maryland Freshman of the Week: Ashley Owusu (March 2, 2020)

HCAC BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK

Athlete of the Week:
MEN

Terry Hicks (Fishers, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Junior – Hicks was named MVP of the Marymount Invitational after averaging a monster double-double of 15.5 points and 14.0 rebounds per game in two Rose-Hulman wins. Hicks scored 13 points with 12 rebounds in a win over Washington & Lee, then scored 18 points with a career-high 16 rebounds in the 65-60 championship game win over host Marymount. Hicks was also 11-21 from the field and 7-10 on the free throw line in the games.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Maurice Knight (Frankton, Ind.) Anderson University | Wing | Senior – Knight averaged 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds as Anderson went 2-0 after capturing a 64-48 win against Illinois College and an 86-75 victory against Olivet. Knight notched 18 points and six rebounds against Illinois College, eclipsing 1,000 career points in the process. He then provided 19 points and seven rebounds against Olivet.
  • Chad Frey (Lima, Ohio) Bluffton University | Forward | Senior – Frey was spot on with a career-high 18 points thanks to 6-of-8 shooting from the field in Bluffton’s 92-68 loss at Heidelberg on Wednesday night. He averaged 10.0 PPG and hit 2-of-4 from distance and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the line. Frey finished the week with five assists, and he went 7-of-13 from the field (53.8 percent).
  • Jaden Terry (Lindianapolis, Ind.) Earlham College | Guard | Junior – Terry led the Quakers on offense this week with 24 points and five assists in a 94-85 win over Adrian. The junior from Indianapolis was 5-for-7 from 3-point range and 3-for-4 from the free throw line.
  • Ty Wright (Mooresville, Ind.) Franklin College | Guard/Forward | Sophomore – Wright turned in a career outing for Franklin on Saturday night in their 89-79 win over Aurora, pouring in a career-high 21 points while grabbing a personal best 14 rebounds as the Grizzlies used a big second half to earn their first win of the year. He went 8-for-16 from the field, knocking down a career-high five three-pointers on eight attempts, and added two assists and a steal.
  • Ty Houston (Union, Ky.) Hanover College | Forward | Junior – Houston used a balanced attack to help lead the Panthers past Spalding 82-56. The junior netted 20 points shooting an impressive 8-for-10 from the field, including a perfect mark from three-point. He also dished out three assists while pulling in three rebounds.
  • Quentez Columbus (South Bend, Ind.) Manchester University | Point Guard | First-Year – Columbus continues to impress in his first season at Manchester. In two games last week, Columbus averaged 20.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, and 2.5 spg. Continues to shoot at an exceptional rate, in two games last week, Columbus shot 72.7 percent (16-22) from the field and was 3-6 from three-point territory. Columbus also assisted on the game-winning three at Oberlin, helping Manchester to a 1-1 week in a pair of one possession games.
  • Hunter Penn (Versailles, Ky.) Transylvania University | Forward | First-Year – In his first week of college basketball, Penn collected a pair of double-doubles and led the Pioneers to a 2-0 week against Division III opponents with a 62-61 win at Centre and 75-70 win over Westminster (Pa.) as the Pioneers handed both opponents their first losses of the season. Penn made his debut Monday with 20 rebounds, 11 points, and the game-winning layup with less than a second remaining in the 62-61 win at Centre. Penn added two blocks and two steals in the victory. The first-year followed up the memorable clutch performance with another double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds in Saturday’s 75-70 win over Westminster. Penn had a co-high three steals in the game to provide an all-around presence. For the week, Penn averaged 11.5 points per game, 16.5 rebounds per game, and totaled two assists, five steals, and two blocks.

WOMEN

Athlete of the Week:
Madison Kellione (Cynthiana, Ky.) Transylvania University | Guard | Junior – Kellione led Transylvania to a 2-0 week up in Boston, highlighted by her buzzer-beater to lead the Pioneers to a victory over No. 7 Tufts, serving as the Pioneers’ first win over a NESCAC team. In the win against Tufts, Kellione led the Pioneers with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field with 5-of-6 made free throws and 1-of-2 from outside. It also marked Transylvania’s first win over a Top 25 team since December of 2018. Kellione added four rebounds, an assist, and a steal in the win over Tufts. In Friday’s 103-46 win over Eastern Nazarene, Kellione set a personal high for most three-pointers made and attempted, sinking 7-of-13 triples to lead the Pioneers with 21 points. She also tallied a career-high six assists and a career-high five steals. In her two games this week, Kellione shot 15-for-28 from the field (54 percent), 8-for-14 from three-point range (57 percent), and 5-for-6 on free throws. The junior posted a weekly average of 21.5 points per game, 3.5 assists per game, three rebounds per game, and three steals per game.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Lexi Dellinger (Berne, Ind.) Anderson University | Guard | Senior – Dellinger racked up averages of 26 points, 6.5 rebounds, three assists and two steals for the week. She also went 16-of-32 (50 percent) from the field, 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) from the field and 12-of-13 (92.3 percent) from the free-throw line. Dellinger provided 15 points, six rebounds and three steals on Friday against Wittenberg. On Saturday, Dellinger poured in a historic 37 points for the Ravens against Augustana. Dellinger’s 37 points ties for the fourth-most point scored in a single game in school history. After lighting up a 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) performance from 3-point range, Dellinger became the third Raven to drain at least six 3-pointers in a game. Dellinger made each of her nine free throws, went 11-for-17 (64.7 percent) from the field and collected seven rebounds. With her performance on Saturday, Dellinger became the eighth player in program history to break the 1,000-career point barrier.
  • Sammy Shardo (Findlay, Ohio) Bluffton University | Guard | Junior – Shardo hit 4-of-8 from distance for a game-high 18 points and she pulled down a career-high seven rebounds in Bluffton’s 77-43 win over Olivet on Wednesday night. She also doled out three assists and blocked a shot.
  • Nysha Speed (Sterling Heights, Mich.) Defiance College | Forward | Senior – Speed helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a 1-1 record last week. She led Defiance with 12 points and nine rebounds in a tough 49-47 loss to Ohio Wesleyan last Wednesday. This past Saturday, she scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds in a 65-53 win against St. Mary’s.
  • Jessica Nix (Martinsville, Ind.) Franklin College | Guard/Forward | Senior – Nix averaged 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Grizzlies in weekend contests with Centre and Oglethorpe. She set career highs with 17 points and seven steals while grabbing seven rebounds on Friday night against Centre and had a team-high 16 points with eight boards on Saturday against Oglethorpe.
  • Taylor Heath (Fairland, Ind.) Hanover College |Forward | First-Year – Heath earned All-Tournament team honors as she led the Panthers to a 1-1 overall week. The first-year netted 19 total points, including 11 in the team’s victory over Westminster. She added eight assists and three rebounds in the contest. She finished the week averaging 9.5 points per game and shot 42.9 percent from the floor.
  • Macy Miller (Huntertown, Ind.) Manchester University | Forward | Senior – Miller poured in 20 points while grabbing seven rebounds in Manchester’s 72-53 rout of Adrian College in MU’s lone game of the week. Miller shot 9-13 (69.2 percent) from the field. Matched her career-high with three steals. Also added two assists and a blocked shot.
  • Maddie Haberthy (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Guard | Graduate Student – Haberthy had a record-breaking week for the Lions. In the team’s lone contest of the week Haberthy played 39 minutes scoring 29 points, with seven rebounds and five assists. Her first point of the Lions 72-59 win against Heidelberg put her alone in the top spot on the career scoring list at The Mount. Breaking the previous record of 1,450 set in 1979-80 by Julie Biermann.
  • Jordan Barlow (Haven, Kan.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Junior – Barlow averaged 17.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as the Fightin’ Engineers finish 1-1 at the North Park Invitational. In the team’s win over Elmhurst, Barlow scored a career-high with 21 points on 9-15 from the field with three steals. 

ROSLOVIC, DOMI LEAD BLUE JACKETS TO 7-4 WIN OVER SABRES

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Jack Roslovic had two goals and an assist to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Buffalo Sabres 7-4 on Monday night.

Roslovic and defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov each scored his first two goals of the season for Columbus. Max Domi added a goal and two assists, and Joonas Korpisalo made 29 saves fresh off a two-game West Coast trip to give the Blue Jackets their third victory in four games.

“I’m sure for Jack it’s kind of a release a little bit,” Columbus coach Brad Larsen said. “Goal scorers and offensive guys, when they have a night like that, you can tell they were feeling it right away. They got more ice time, they played really well tonight. That was a good line.”

Tage Thompson scored twice for Buffalo and matched his career high for goals with eight – coming in his first 18 games. He had eight goals in 38 games last season.

Roslovic’s first two goals, the second assisted by Domi, gave the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead in the first period. Columbus made it 5-2 with a three-goal outburst in the opening 3:41 of the second.

Roslovic had an assist on Domi’s goal, and Domi also assisted on Gavrikov’s first of the season. Oliver Bjorkstrand and Domi scored within the first 55 seconds of the second, which broke a franchise record for the fastest two goals to start a period.

“I think our line tonight as a whole was great,” Domi said. “Jack was unbelievable. It’s great to see him get rewarded like that. He’s been playing so hard and obviously the puck hasn’t always gone his way this year.”

Domi’s goal came 31 seconds after Bjorkstrand’s sixth of the season, breaking the previous Columbus mark of two goals in 1:18 at the start of a period. Gavrikov added an empty-netter with 44.3 seconds left, followed by a second empty-netter from Sean Kuraly with 9.2 seconds remaining.

Columbus chased Sabres starter Dustin Tokarski after he made eight saves on 12 shots in 20:55. Aaron Dell stopped 14 shots in relief a night after he took a heartbreaking 5-4 loss in New York when the Rangers scored the game-winner with 0.4 seconds left in the third period.

“We were down 5-2, we fought and scratched and clawed,” Sabres coach Don Granato said. “It was great to see that effort, especially in a back-to-back. You’re playing a team that’s rested.”

Zemgus Girgensons scored on the power play with a second left in the first period, and Dylan Cozens also had a goal for the Sabres. Cozens also assisted on Thompson’s second goal that trimmed it to 5-4 midway through the second.

The Sabres had an opportunity with 31 seconds of 5-on-3 power-play time midway through the third, but Columbus held Buffalo to one shot on goal during that stretch.

“The penalty kill was outstanding, whether it’s just the positional play, denying the zone, good sticks – (Korpisalo), too,” Domi said. “I think everyone was doing their job on the PK tonight.”

FAULK, BLUES JUMP ON GOLDEN KNIGHTS IN 1ST PERIOD, WIN 5-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) Justin Faulk scored his 100th career goal to cap a quick three-goal outburst by St. Louis in the first period, and the Blues beat the Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 on Monday night.

“It’s a number everyone seems to like, right? … Every 100 seems to be a milestone within our sport,” Faulk said. “I’m not going to complain about it by any means. I’ll take it, and I hope I can continue to get a few more. I’ll probably keep a little memento from it.”

Ryan O’Reilly, Tyler Bozak, Brandon Saad and Niko Mikkola also scored for the Blues, who entered with two wins in their previous 10 games. Jordan Binnington, who had lost six of his last seven starts, was sharp and made 32 saves.

Chandler Stephenson and Reilly Smith scored for the Golden Knights, who had won five of six.

St. Louis trailed 2-0 before it exploded midway through the first period.

“If you’re going to win on the road in this league, you can’t beat yourself,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said. “I thought that the case in the first period. We made some mistakes and had some penalties and that’s a recipe for disaster when you’re on the road.”

O’Reilly scored from a tough angle when his shot hit goalie Robin Lehner’s leg and bounced in at 10:15. It was his first goal in nine games since returning from the COVID-19 list.

Bozak followed with his first goal of the season about a minute and a half later when he jammed in a deflection from the left faceoff circle. Faulk had fed the puck into the slot for Klim Kostin, who redirected it on goal. Lehner made the save but Bozak put home the rebound.

“I just kind of got lost on the backside there and got a fortunate bounce for the puck to come to me, which is nice to get every once in a while,” Bozak said. “It obviously felt good to finally get one.”

Then, 33 seconds later, Faulk beat Lehner on a breakaway with a wrist shot up high, his first goal since the Blues’ second game this season.

“He’s fast. He’s as fast as anybody on the team straight ahead,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “I don’t know if there’s anybody faster.”

Faulk said it was just the second breakaway in his career.

“That’s how we play a system. When guys do what they did there, I had to poke it away and get the puck,” Faulk said. “I wasn’t expecting a breakaway by any means. I looked to my left and just saw a Blues’ jersey and realized I had some space. So, I was able to go out there and have some fun, I guess.”

The onslaught left Lehner at a loss to explain what happened.

“I mean, I thought we had a good start but they scored one and then it snowballed on us pretty quickly,” Lehner said. “I’m not sure what happened there. It was a pretty big momentum swing there.”

St. Louis scored three or more goals in a period for the first time since Nov. 4 at San Jose.

Saad scored on the power play early in the second. He has four goals in his past three games and eight this season.

Mikkola, who returned after a stint on the COVID-19 list, capped the scoring midway through the third.

“When I look at our hockey team top to bottom, we need everybody to contribute offensively,” Berube said. “I’ve said that before and I’ll say it again. Everybody has to contribute.”

Stephenson scored for Vegas 36 seconds into the game, putting back a rebound of a shot from the point by Alex Pietrangelo. Stephenson leads the Golden Knights with 17 points, including six goals.

Smith was alone at the blue line when he took a pass from Ben Hutton, skated in and beat Binnington at 6:50, giving Vegas a 2-0 lead.

“My linemates are doing a great job of creating some space and some opportunities,” Smith said. “Along with that, on my goal tonight, Hutton made a great play, just being able to stretch the zone and find me. I’m going to try to keep on getting breakaways and odd-man rushes from the neutral zone and make the most of those.”

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL: PACERS 109, BULLS 77

Game Recap

During head coach Rick Carlisle’s pregame press conference, he emphasized that Monday’s road matchup against the red-hot Chicago Bulls would be a good test for the Pacers.

And the squad passed with flying colors.

With 10:17 remaining in the first quarter, Justin Holiday hit his second consecutive triple to earn a 6-5 Indiana lead. From there, the Blue & Gold never looked back. Indiana (8-11) rolled to a 109-77 rout of the Bulls (12-6) Monday night at United Center.

“Beating a team that’s high-powered and doing well in our conference, it’s big for us,” Holiday said postgame.

In traditional Indiana fashion, the box score portrayed a beautifully balanced offensive game. All five starters finished in double figures as Domantas Sabonis led the way with a monstrous 21-point, 11-rebound double-double. Malcolm Brogdon tallied 14 points and a game-high seven assists, while Holiday finished with 14, shooting 4-of-7 from long range. The starters finished with a +/- rating of +127, and the defense held Chicago to just 31-of-85 (36.5 percent) shooting from the floor.

“I feel like we’re getting up the floor quicker,” Sabonis said of the starters’ elevated play. “No matter if it’s a make or a stop. We’re running, throwing the ball ahead, and someone’s creating an advantage off of that.”

Myles Turner also had a solid night, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and four of the team’s 12 blocks. Only DeMar DeRozan (18 points) and Zach LaVine (17) finished in double figures for the Chicago, who played without Nikola Vucevic and Alex Caruso on the second night of a back-to-back.

The Blue & Gold finished the first on 13-of-24 (54.2 percent) shooting. Holiday hit a pair of threes while LeVert followed with three consecutive buckets. On the other end, the Pacers utilized a zone defense to throw Chicago’s high-flying offense off course. Indiana grew its lead to 15-5 before the Bulls called a timeout at the 8:13 mark.

Despite the stoppage, the Pacers continued to pile on the points. A pair of buckets cut Indiana’s lead to 17-9, but the Blue & Gold responded with nine unanswered to extend their early lead to 26-9 with 2:48 remaining. Indiana found success forcing the pace of play, finding mismatches in transition.

Down the stretch, the Pacers held firm, hitting the 30-point mark in the first quarter for the ninth time this season. With 1:13 left, Turner rose from the top of the key and nailed his second triple of the frame to give Indiana a 31-14 lead. LeVert finished with 10 points in the first quarter — tying the most points the Bulls have given up to a player in the opening quarter this season.

With Indiana leading 33-19, the hosts recorded a run of six unanswered to cut the lead to nine with 9:31 remaining in the second. Sabonis attempted to halt the run with an and-one finish, but the Bulls tallied four more in 20 seconds to trim the lead to 36-28.

However, the Blue & Gold appeared to find their footing midway through the frame. Leading 39-30, the squad mounted an 11-5 run over a 3:09 span to regain a 50-35 advantage with 4:32 to play. Reserve player Kelan Martin anchored the run after following a transition bucket with a baseline three from the right side.

Down the stretch, the Pacers continued to fire on all cylinders, carving the Bulls’ defense like a Thanksgiving turkey. Leading 57-44, Turner tallied four straight, including a massive put-back slam off an offensive rebound. Brogdon then drove the paint and found a cutting Martin for a beautiful finish at the rim. The President then finished the frame with four of his own, including a buzzer-beating layup that pushed the lead to 67-46 at the break.

The Pacers kept rolling in the early moments of the third, stretching their lead to 74-50 on a tough left-handed finish from Sabonis in the paint at the 8:19 mark. On defense, both Brogdon and Turner picked up swats, stifling the Bulls’ swift offense once more.

At the 7:50 mark, DeRozan hit a jumper in the paint to cut the Pacers’ lead to 74-52. However, the Blue & Gold’s defense held Chicago without a field goal for a 7:10 span, surrendering just four points on free throws during that span.

Meanwhile, on offense, everything kept clicking. Brogdon and Chris Duarte knocked in back-to-back threes in 20 seconds to push the lead to 83-55 with 4:00 remaining. Two minutes later, the rookie illustrated his passing ability, driving and finding Torrey Craig underneath for an easy finish. Ayo Dosunmu finally broke Chicago’s drought with a triple from the left side with 40.8 seconds left. But, it did little to stop the Pacers’ flow. Indiana led by as many as 31 before taking an 89-61 lead into the fourth.

As the Bulls’ deep reserves started rotating in, it was evident the hosts were fatigued. The Pacers continued to keep their foot on the gas, stretching their lead to new season-highs. Jeremy Lamb’s three with 7:32 remaining pushed the squad to the century mark and grabbed a 100-66 lead.

With 4:28 to play, rookie Isaiah Jackson returned to the floor for the first time since hyper-extending his left knee. 20 seconds later, he recorded his first career NBA block, stifling Troy Brown Jr.’s 3-point attempt.

“I’m just so thrilled to see (Jackson) back in an NBA game with no knee brace on,” Carlisle said. “He’s a guy that’s going to be ready to help us if called upon.”

The Pacers’ deep reserves finished out the game without much of a problem, ending the squad’s road-heavy start to the season in dominant fashion. But Indiana has little time to rest as LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers come into town for their first and only visit to Gainbridge Fieldhouse this year.

Inside the Numbers

The Pacers won the rebounding battle, 59-38.

Indiana turned the ball over 13 times but held Chicago to just five points off of them.

The Blue & Gold dished out 25 or more assists for the ninth time this season (27).

The Pacers have held four of their last five opponents to fewer than 100 points.

You Can Quote Me On That

“He’s such a consistent player at both ends of the floor and such an important veteran on our team. He’s a leader. He’s just a very, very good player. To tell you the truth, it’s hard to get him off the floor.” –Carlisle on Justin Holiday’s impact

“It says how good we are. We just have to bring that same energy day in and day out. (We have to) keep playing together and keep moving the ball. We played great defense today. That was the big key.” –Duarte on what the win means for the team

“We’re just sharing it. Guys are trusting each other. Coach is letting us run and be faster out there, and guys are willing to give it up. It’s contagious. Everybody wants to go out there and have fun.” –Sabonis on the increase in ball movement and assist numbers these past two games

Stat of the Night

The Pacers’ defense limited the Bulls to just 77 points on 36.5 percent shooting, marking the first time Chicago has been held to fewer than 80 points since the 2019-20 season

Noteworthy

Indiana improves to 4-0 when all five starters finish in double figures this season.

The Pacers’ 67 first-half points ties the most Chicago has surrendered in the first half this season.

Indiana has won their last six road contests against the Bulls dating back to the 2017-18 season.

Up Next

The Pacers welcome LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 7:00 PM ET to tip off a three-game homestand.

INDY FUEL: SIGN FORWARD KEEGAN IVERSON

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs announced Monday that they have signed forward Keegan Iverson to a standard player contract.

Iverson, 25, joins the Fuel after he spent the last three seasons with Mount Royal University (USports). A third-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft (85th overall) by the New York Rangers, Iverson has experience at the AHL and ECHL level, splitting the 2017-18 season between the Ontario Reign and Manchester Monarchs. Skating in 35 games with the Monarchs, Iverson tallied six goals and 12 assists.

Prior to turning pro, the 6-foot-2, 214-pound forward played five years for the Portland Winterhawks. Skating in 293 games over five years, Iverson registered 80 goals, 110 assists and 382 penalty minutes as well as served as captain during his final junior season.

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

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2021-22-NAMES TO WATCH

TOP INDIANA SENIORS-CENTRAL INDIANA

JALEN WASHINGTON, GARY WEST SIDE (NORTH CAROLINA)

FLETCHER LOYER, HOMESTEAD (PURDUE)

C.J. GUNN, LAWRENCE NORTH (INDIANA)

TAE DAVIS, WARREN CENTRAL (LOUISVILLE)

BRADEN SMITH, WESTFIELD (PURDUE)

CONNOR ESSEGIAN, CENTRAL NOBLE

RYAN CONWELL, PIKE

TAYSHAWN COMER, CATHEDRAL

PETE SUDER, CARMEL

JAXON EDWARDS, CATHEDRAL

WILL LOVINGS-WATTS, JEFFERSONVILLE

REGGIE BASS, TECH (ILLINOIS)

CHARLIE WILLIAMS, CARMEL

BILLY SMITH, BREBEUF JESUIT

JALEN JACKSON, FORT WAYNE NORTHROP

AMHAD JARRARD, MT. VERNON

ARMON JARRARD, MT. VERNON

RASHEED JONES, TECH

BRANDON RAYZER-MOORE, JEFFERSONVILLE

SHON TUPUOLA, BROWNSBURG

LOGAN MCINTIRE, NORTH HARRISON

BRANDEN NORTHERN, SILVER CREEK

JEFFREY SIMMONS, FISHERS

ISAIAH DAVIS, ZIONSVILLE

ALSO: THE WATCH LIST

JALEN HOOKS 6’7 11 WF CRISPUS ATTUCKS

XAVIER BOOKER 6’10 11 C-F CATHEDRAL

LELAND WALKER 6’0 12 PG NORTH CENTRAL

WILL LOVING-WATTS 6’5 12 CF JEFFERSONVILLE

JULIAN NORRIS 6’3 12 2G EVANSVILLE BOSSE

JALEN JACKSON 6’2 12 CG FT. WAYNE NORTHROP

BRAUNTAE JOHNSON 6’3 10 PG FT. WAYNE NORTH

DJ ALLEN 6’7 12 F-C LEO

NICK RICHART 6’9 11 C-F ZIONSVILLE

AARON HUMPHREY 6’7 12 CF TINDLEY

JJ LOUDEN 6’5 12 CG INDIANAPOLIS PIKE

JERMAINE COLEMAN 6’7 11 WF PARK TUDOR

JAQUALON ROBERTS 6’5 11 CF BLOOMINGTON NORTH

LOGAN IMES 6’3 11 CG ZIONSVILLE

COLIN COMER 6’3 12 CG GREENSBURG

CADE BRENNER 6’0 11 G NORTHWOOD

DARRION BROOKS 6’4 11 SM NEW HAVEN

JOEY BROWN 6’6 11 CG NORTH CENTRAL

MARKUS BURTON 5’10 11 PG PENN

WESLEY CELICHOWSKI 6’11 12 C FLOYD CENTRAL

RYAN CONWELL 6’1 12 2G PIKE

TRAVIS GRAYSON 5’10 12 PG CHESTERTON

JOEY HART 6’3 11 2G LINTON-STOCKTON

JAMIE HODGES 5’9 11 PG MICHIGAN CITY

TAYVEN JACKSON 6’3 12 2G CENTER GROVE

RANDY KELLEY 5’10 12 G SULLIVAN

BRANDEN NORTHERN 6’0 12 PG SILVER CREEK

JAYDEN PINKSTON 6’4 11 SM TINDLEY

JOE REIDY 6’5 12 F WOODLAN

JEFF SIMMONS 6’6 12 WF FISHERS

MATT WAGNER 6’1 12 PG EVANSVILLE BOSSE

CAEL VANDERBUSH 6’5 12 F PLAINFIELD

JACOB VOGEL 6’8 12 C JENNINGS CO.

QU’SHAWN WARE 6’4 11 SM CRISPUS ATTUCKS

CHARLIE WILLIAMS 6’10 12 CF CARMEL

ASHTON WILLIAMSON 6’2 11 CG CALUMET

SHON TUPUOLA 6’9 12 PF BROWNSBURG

ISSAC ANDREWS 6’1 10 G WAPAHANI

TUCKER BIVEN 6’1 12 2G NEW ALBANY

PEYTON BLEDSOE 6’3 11 CG LOOGOOTEE

MYLES COLVIN 6’3 11 G HERITAGE CHRISTIAN

HOLTON COMPTON 6’6 12 CF SOUTH SPENCER

JAMISON DUNHAM 5’9 12 PG PENDLETON HEIGHTS

GABE GILLESPIE 6’4 12 F ANDREAN

BAYLIN GRAF 6’2 12 G BLOOMFIELD

BREVIN HALLATT 6’4 12 F BLUE RIVER VALLEY

BRIT HARRIS 6’0 12 G MICHIGAN CITY MARQUETTE

HUNTER JOHNSON 6’2 12 G SOUTH DECATUR

CHRISTIAN JOHNSON 6’0 11 CG PARK HERITAGE

MASON JONES 6’7 11 CF VALPARAISO

NICK KLAIBER 6’2 12 CG BLOOMINGTON NORTH

HAGEN KNEPP 6’3 12 2G BARR-REEVE

ZACHARY KOLLEY 6’4 12 WF TECUMSEH

NICK KLAIBER 6’2 12 CG BLOOMINGTON NORTH

LOGAN MCINTIRE 6’2 12 2G NORTH HARRISON

KEYON MILLER 6’1 11 PG SOUTHPORT

JAYLEN MULLEN 5’11 11 PG  NORTH DAVIESS

TYLER MYERS 5’11 11 PG EVANSVILLE DAY

KYLE THOMAS 6’2 12 G CLOVERDALE

JACKSON ULLOM 5’9 12 PG MONROE CENTRAL

CALEB WASHINGTON 6’4 11 CF FLOYD CENTRAL

ROBERT WONNELL 6’2 12 CG KOKOMO

LUKE WRAY 6’3 11 2G MUNCIE CENTRAL

DEAGAN SULLIVAN 5’10 11 2G MISHAWAKA MARIAN

TOP TEAMS-CENTRAL INDIANA:

CARMEL (26-2):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-4 senior Peter Suder (11.5 ppg, 6.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists), 6-1 senior Josh Whack (4.5 ppg, 2.5 rebounds, 42% 3-pointers) and 6-10 senior Charlie Williams (7.0 ppg, 4.5 rebounds, 55% field goals) 6-8 junior Sam Orme (5.8 ppg, 2.2 rebounds, 48% 3-pointers) and 6-4 junior Spencer White (1.2 ppg, 1.0 rebounds), 6-5 junior Jared Bonds, 6-1 junior Jake Green, 6-foot senior Burke Weldy, 6-4 junior Garwey Dual, 6-3 senior Josh Rauh and 6-4 junior Clay Richards.

BEN DAVIS (14-12):

6-3 junior Sheridan Sharpe (10.5 ppg, 5.3 assists, 2.0 rebounds), 6-foot Clay Butler (11.4 ppg, 3.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists), 6-9 junior Zane Doughty (7.2 ppg, 7.5 rebounds, 2.7 blocked shots), 6-3 sophomore K.J. Windham (4.5 ppg, 1.5 rebounds), 6-5 junior Shaun Arnold (2.0 ppg, 3.0 rebounds), 6-6 junior Jesse Faires (2.0 ppg, 2.1 rebounds), 6-1 senior Ghakel Weathers (1.4 ppg, 2.0 rebounds), 6-7 senior Tionne Spates (2.0 ppg, 4.5 rebounds), 6-4 senior Raheim Twyman (2.0 ppg, 2.0 rebounds), 6-2 senior Kenny Troutman (4.5 ppg) and 6-2 senior Shawn Footman (3.0 ppg, 2.0).

INDIANAPOLIS PIKE: (12-11):

6-3 senior Ryan Conwell (16.4 ppg, 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists), 5-10 junior Devon Woods (9.0 ppg, 3.4 assists, 2.2 rebounds), Charles Chanin, a 6-4 senior, 6-foot senior Jonah Pennington, 6-6 senior Dante Porch, 6-6 senior Anthony Robey , 6-foot junior Josh Woods, 6-6 junior Joseph Annan, 6-4 sophomore Cameron Casky, 6-5 sophomore Eugene Young and 6-4 sophomore LaKendrick Suttles.

WARREN CENTRAL (19-7):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-7 senior Tae Davis (13.5 ppg, 5.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.6 steals), 6-5 senior Chandler Jackson (10.3 ppg, 3.4 rebounds, 43% 3-pointers), senior guard Paul Chandler (1.1 ppg in 12 games), 6-5 junior Joe Walker, 6-2 junior Devaon Holman, junior guard Brandon Snodgrass, junior Antonio Sims and sophomores Cordell Edwards and Josiah Evans, Tyler Horton, a 6-7 junior, and 6-4 freshman Jevon Guess.

LAWRENCE NORTH (28-3):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-5 senior C.J. Gunn (13.9 ppg, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists), 6-1 senior Omar Cooper Jr., 6-3 senior Macoyion Brown (3.3 ppg, 1.0 assists), Azavier Robinson, a 6-foot freshman, 6-6 junior Nathan Schmadeke, 6-3 junior Mase Hughes, 6-3 senior Danny Royster, 5-8 senior A.J. Branigan, 6-1 junior Ty Cunningham, 5-9 sophomore Myles Good, 5-10 sophomore Myles Baker, 5-10 sophomore Kobe Bowles and 6-3 senior Brysen Bond.

NORTH CENTRAL (13-10):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-6 junior Joey Brown (8.0 ppg, 5.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists), 6-1 senior Davis Olson (3.0 ppg), 6-6 senior and David Lloyd (5.9 ppg, 3.0 rebounds), 5-9 sophomore Mason Lewis and 5-11 sophomore Christian Woodson, 6-1 senior Blake Fleming, 6-1 senior Charles Jolliffe and 5-10 senior Jahmyre Jackson..

CATHEDRAL (18-3): 

KEY PERSONEL: 6-1 senior Tayshawn Comer (15.0 ppg, 6.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds), 6-6 senior Jaxon Edwards (10.7 ppg, 5.6 rebounds), 6-5 junior Jake Davis (9.0 ppg, 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists), 6-5 junior Jaron Tibbs (5.4 ppg, 2.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists) and 6-11 junior Xavier Booker (4.0 ppg, 3.2 rebounds), 6-1 junior Sincere Germany (3.3 ppg) and 6-6 senior Jaiden Malachi (1.4 ppg), 6-2 sophomore Anthony Fields, 5-10 freshman Deric Cannady, 5-10 freshman Lebron Gough, 5-10 senior Luke Hern, 6-foot senior Gabe Rodriguez and 6-4 senior Jerren Conway.

INDIANAPOLIS TECH: (11-12):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-foot senior Dayveon Turner (18.2 ppg, 4.2 assists), 6-8 senior Matthew Spears (6.1 ppg, 4.5 rebounds). 6-4 senior Reggie Bass, 6-7 senior Antonio Lisenbee, 6-6 senior RaSheed Jones and 5-11 senior Tylan Harris. Senior Faybo Pittman (3.7 ppg, 5.4 rebounds) also returns.

LAWRENCE CENTRAL (12-10):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-5 forward Joshua Mickens (11.8 ppg, 5.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists), 6-3 guard Jacob Franklin (4.6 ppg, 1.6 rebounds), 6-3 guard Kamari Jones (4.9 ppg, 1.2 rebounds), 6-2 guard D’John Craig (1.5 ppg), 6-3 forward Braylon Russell (0.9 ppg), 6-4 senior Tashuan Coleman, 6-4 sophomore Jaden Stokes, Gene Hooten, a 5-8 senior.

CRISPUS ATTUCKS (18-7):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-4 senior Christian Nunn, who averaged 22.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists, 6-2 senior James Smith (11.9 ppg, 3.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals), 5-10 senior Willie Mays (3.0 ppg, 2.0 assists, 1.4 rebounds), 6-2 sophomore Ron Rutland and 6-7 freshman Dezmon Briscoe, 6-7 senior Kenny Harris, 6-2 senior Latrell Williams (2.2 ppg, 1.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists), 6-2 sophomore Demetrius Jenkins, 6-foot freshman Chris Hart, 6-4 freshman De’Andre Lott-Hancock, 6-3 senior James Lewis, 6-2 sophomore Jacson Payton and 6-foot freshman Brandon Rogers.

WESTFIELD (18-5):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-1 senior and Braden Smith (22.0 ppg, 6.2 assists, 5.4 rebounds, 2.7 steals). 6-2 senior Cam Haffner (12.0 ppg, 4.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists) and 6-1 senior Nic Depasquale (8.0 ppg, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists).

FISHERS (14-7):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-6 senior Jeffrey Simmons (16.6 ppg, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals), 6-foot senior Charlie Smith (10.6 ppg, 5.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.2 steals), 6-foot senior Bryce Williams (10.1 ppg, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists) and 6-1 junior Myles Stringer (4.6 ppg, 1.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals), Sean Millsaps, a 5-10 senior, averaged 6.0 points and 1.5 rebounds, 6-6 senior Matt Brewer (3.0 ppg, 2.0 rebounds) also returns with 5-7 senior Josh Forbes (2.2 ppg), Jalen Haralson 6-6 freshman, 6-6 senior Payton Weemer, 6-foot junior Aidan Zimmer and 6-foot freshman JonAnthony Hall.

ZIONSVILLE (14-8)

KEY PERSONEL: 6-4 guard Logan Imes (13.5 ppg, 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists), 6-9 forward Nick Richart (10.6 ppg, 6.5 rebounds, 1.4 blocked shots), Isaiah Davis 6-8 senior, 6-1 senior Johnathan MacAbee (7.2 ppg, 42% 3-pointers), 6-4 junior Edward Thomas (2.0 ppg, 1.0 rebounds), 6-3 junior Matthew Wleklinski, 5-9 senior Donovan Visor, 6-foot senior Preston Gadd, 6-3 senior Brendon Wood and 6-1 junior Lucas Louiso.

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (12-11):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-4 senior Sam Jacobs (8.5 ppg, 3.0 rebounds), 5-10 senior Caleb Smock and 6-7 junior Reph Stevenson. 6-foot sophomore Deion Miles, 6-2 senior Tyler Lacy, 5-10 senior Joshua Jones, 6-4 sophomore Eli Robinson, 6-3 junior Alex Troutman, 6-3 sophomore Donovan Hamilton and 5-8 senior Kasey Ash-Simpson.

NOBLESVILLE (11-11):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-foot senior E.J. Smith (12.1 ppg, 3.1 assists, 1.8 rebounds), 6-3 junior Luke Almodovar (11.0 ppg, 3.0 rebounds), 6-4 junior Preston Roberts (5.1 ppg, 3.5 rebounds), Aaron Fine, a 6-1 sophomore averaged 5.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists, 5-10 senior Luke Wilson (1.1 ppg), 6-3 junior Cooper Bean and 6-6 senior Cameron Karns.

BROWNSBURG (13-9):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-9 senior Shon Tupuola (4.4 ppg, 3.4 rebounds), 6-2 junior Elhadj Diallo (4.9 ppg, 2.8 rebounds), 6-4 senior Matt Scholz (1.7 ppg), 6-1 senior Derek Fudge and 6-2 junior Jayden Whitaker, 5-10 junior Carson Knox Grant Porath, Spencer Porath, Kanon Catchings, Drew Thompson, Camren Reich, Brendan Lattimer.

SOUTHPORT (5-17):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-1 guard Anthony Dancler (15.2 ppg, 3.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists), 6-foot guard Keyon Miller (15.0 ppg, 3.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists), 6-6 forward Nickens Lemba (7.2 ppg, 7.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists), 6-1 senior Jaevion Mabrey, 5-9 senior Donte McDonald (2.4 ppg),  6-foot junior Tanner Percifield (2.3 ppg), 6-3 junior Shane Handlon (3.0 ppg), 6-1 senior Van Lian and 6-5 senior Tre Mickens.

DECATUR CENTRAL (9-13):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-1 senior Javon Tracy (18.7 ppg, 4.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 3.0 steals), 6-4 senior Brandon Smith (12.6 ppg, 7.2 rebounds), 6-1 sophomore K.C. Berry (6.6 ppg, 3.2 rebounds), 5-10 senior Jamal Thomas (4.4 ppg, 2.1 rebounds), 6-3 senior Jathyn Price (4.2 ppg, 3.2 rebounds),  6-6 sophomore Ayden Lawson, 6-1 senior Andy Gibson, 5-9 senior Monte’l Stone, 6-2 freshman Eric Hopson, 6-foot senior Keelan Dyson and 6-5 junior Steven Rogers.

RONCALLI (8-14):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-2 senior Aidan Leffler (6.0 ppg, 3.9 rebounds), 6-4 junior Luke Kegerreis (2.4 ppg, 2.0 rebounds), 6-2 senior Michael Hegwood (1.9 ppg), 6-2 senior Alex Moll, 6-2 junior Nolan Tunny, 6-foot senior Caden Gore (1.8 ppg), 6-1 junior Nicholas Stewart (returning from injury), 6-1 senior Gabe Horn, 6-2 sophomore Drew Kegerreis and 5-10 sophomore Xavier Highbaugh.

PERRY MERIDIAN (12-9):

KEY PERSONEL: 5-8 senior Izaiah Brinker (2.4 ppg), 6-6 junior Patrick Schott (2.2 ppg, 2.0 rebounds), 6-4 senior Wes Vanek, 6-4 senior Connor McNabb, 6-6 senior Dagan Knight, 6-3 senior Seth Bradbury, 6-4 senior Richard Dube, 6-foot junior Brayden Jones and 5-9 junior Spencer Gayheart.

MT. VERNON (17-7):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-4 guard Amhad Jarrard (12.9 ppg, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists), 6-3 senior Armon Jarrard (12.8 ppg, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 42% 3-pointers), 6-3 forward Razhaun Wells (10.4 ppg, 4.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists), 6-2 guard Cooper Galli (8.0 ppg, 2.9 rebounds, 41% 3-pointers) and 5-9 guard Avery Williams (5.6 ppg, 41% 3-pointers), 6-3 junior Eli Bridenthal (7.0 ppg, 4.1 rebounds, 46% 3-pointers), 6-3 senior Gavin Sullivan, 6-2 senior Darren Smith, 6-foot senior Charlie Bostic and 6-4 junior George Burhenn.

NEW PALESTINE (14-9):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-5 senior Steele Brasfield (17.3 ppg, 6.1 rebounds, 41% 3-pointers) and 5-11 junior Blaine Nunnally (16.7 ppg, 4.2 assists, 3.0 rebounds), 6-5 junior Ian Stephens (3.4 ppg, 3.1 rebounds), 6-5 senior Logan Strong and 5-11 junior Bryant Nunnally, 6-2 senior Damon Hockett (3.1 ppg, 1.1 assists), 6-foot senior Jaret Whitaker (1.4 ppg), 6-1 junior Eian Roudebush, 5-11 senior Matthew Barada and 5-11 senior Kendall Hill.

GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (14-10): 

KEY PERSONEL: 6-2 junior Dylan Moles (14.2 ppg, 3.1 rebounds, 44% 3-pointers), 6-1 senior Adam Lester (9.4 ppg, 3.2 rebounds, 55% 3-pointers), 6-1 senior Joey Roland (5.4 ppg, 3.8 rebounds) and 6-1 senior Rashawn Street (3.3 ppg, 1.5 rebounds), Braylon Mullins, a 6-4 freshman, Rune Carpenter-Jones, a 6-1 senior, 6-foot junior Tyler Kerkhof, 6-2 sophomore Braden Robertson, 6-1 senior Benjamin Montgomery, 6-4 freshman Dallas Freeman, 6-foot junior Owen Anderson, 6-foot junior Nathan Gaspirrini and 6-2 junior Will DeJarnett.

PENDLETON HEIGHTS (8-15):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-foot senior Jamison Dunham (18.6 ppg, 3.4 rebounds, 45% 3-pointers), 6-foot senior Luke Candiano (10.9 ppg, 3.5 rebounds, 45% 3-pointers), 6-7 sophomore Josiah Gustin (5.7 ppg, 3.5 rebounds) and 6-3 junior Gabe Simons (5.6 ppg, 3.4 rebounds), 6-foot sophomore Aaron Cookston and 5-10 sophomore Caden Sims, Ethan Ross, a 6-foot senior.

PLAINFIELD (24-3):

KEY PERSONEL:  6-6 senior Cale Vanderbush (12.7 ppg, 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists), 6-5 sophomore Collin Schmidt, 6-4 sophomore Caden Vanderbush, 5-10 junior Durray Smith (1.9 ppg), 5-11 junior Grant Irwin (1.8 ppg), 5-9 sophomore Eli Ellis, 5-10 junior Garrett Irwin, 6-2 junior Cameron Young, 6-1 junior Cooper Martin (1.1 ppg) and 6-foot junior Blake Woodard.

AVON (6-15):

KEY PERSONEL: Chrishon McCray (15.9 ppg, 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists), 6-4 junior Daniel Eck (6.8 ppg, 3.4 rebounds, 44% 3-pointers), 6-3 senior Nick Walker (3.1 ppg, 1.8 rebounds), 6-2 sophomore Jordan Lomax and 6-1 junior Keilyn Moore (4.6 ppg, 45% 3-pointers), 5-10 senior Timmy Pepper (2.8 ppg), 6-5 senior Andrew Gray (3.3 ppg), 6-4 junior Elijah Collier and 6-1 junior Aiden Chavis.

MOORESVILLE (12-11):

KEY PERSONEL: 5-10 senior Zach Woodson (7.8 ppg, 3.9 assists, 36% 3-pointers), 6-2 senior Ashtyn Holtzclaw (3.3 ppg, 3.9 rebounds), 6-2 junior Nick Patterson (injured last season), 6-5 freshman A.J. Defur, 6-6 senior Nick Wiley (2.5 ppg, 2.3 rebounds), 6-9 senior Dayton DeVaughn (2.5 ppg, 2.1 rebounds), 6-4 junior Wesley Reeves, 5-11 sophomore Hogan Denny.

CENTER GROVE (14-7):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-3 junior Marcus Ankney (5.6 ppg, 2.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists), 6-1 junior Ethan McComb (45% 3-pointers), 6-2 senior Tyler Cerny (5.5 ppg, 1.3 rebounds), 6-6 senior Jordan Vaughns (2.1 ppg, 3.0 rebounds), 6-5 senior Shane Bennett (3.4 ppg, 1.5 rebounds) 5-11 sophomore Jalen Bundy, 6-foot sophomore Joey Schmitz, 6-5 sophomore Will Spellman, 6-3 Ajay Holubar, 6-5 junior Garrett Messer and 5-11 junior Owen Baker.

FRANKLIN CENTRAL (9-13):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-3 senior Bryan Marshall (10.0 ppg, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists) 5-11 senior T.J. Williams (6.9 ppg), 6-4 sophomore Lyna Brooks (6.4 ppg, 2.0 rebounds), 6-2 senior Rynell Echols (4.2 ppg, 2.3 rebounds), senior Owen Leck. Sophomore guard Dhani Flannigan.

WHITELAND (12-10):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-2 senior Logan Willoughby (15.9 ppg, 2.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists), 6-6 junior Maxwell Sullivan (14.0 ppg, 7.0 rebounds, 40.9% 3-pointers), 6-2 junior Kyson Jones (5.1 ppg, 2.7 rebounds), 6-3 sophomore Austin Willoughby (6.2 ppg, 2.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists), 6-3 junior Drew Higdon (2.3 ppg, 1.2 rebounds), 6-1 senior Quinten Gillespie (4.3 ppg, 1.3 rebounds), 6-1 senior Jacob Preilis (2.7 ppg, 1.9 rebounds), 5-11 junior Dylan Gross (1.8 ppg), 6-1 senior Jacob Griffith (1.5 ppg, 1.9 rebounds), 6-4 sophomore Brady Stanifer, 5-11 senior Kayden Welling and 5-11 junior Ethan Tanner.

FRANKLIN (7-15):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-6 junior Dylan Beverly, 6-3 junior John Shepard (8.0 ppg, 4.0 rebounds), 5-10 senior Carson Hunter (10.0 ppg), 6-1 sophomore Micah Davis, 5-11 sophomore Wyatt Nickleson, 6-1 senior Sam Auger, 6-6 senior Tristan Coleman, 6-3 junior Chase Stanger, 6-3 senior E.J. Phillips, 5-11 junior Bryce Richardson, 6-4 senior Thomas Crowe, 6-4 senior Jumpshot Warner and 6-3 junior Kage McCorkle.

GREENWOOD (18-6):

KEY PERSONEL: 6-5 junior Carter Campbell (8.0 ppg, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists), 6-1 senior Noah Apgar (3.5 ppg, 3.0 rebounds), 6-6 senior Adam Ellinghausen (1.5 ppg, 2.0 rebounds), 6-1 senior Gavin Ruppert, 6-foot sophomore Jake Mosemann,  6-1 sophomore Cade Kelly, 6-4 senior Luke Fiesel, 6-1 junior Nash Peterson, 6-foot junior Jackson Kidwell, 6-2 senior Lucas Sullivan and 5-10 sophomore Jakeb Hornbeak.

SHELBYVILLE (8-14):

KEY PERSONEL:  6-2 junior Oliver Sandman (8.0 ppg, 1.8 rebounds), 6-foot senior Jakob Heaton (5.6 ppg, 2.5 rebounds), 5-10 sophomore Luke Brinkman, 5-10 senior Nolyn Smothers and 6-2 sophomore Ethan Lambert,  5-11 junior Aidan Asher, 6-2 junior Jackson Parker, 6-1 junior Thomas Macaluso and 6-foot freshman Damon Badgley.

MARTINSVILLE (3-19):

KEY PERSONEL: 5-11 senior Landon Myers (12.0 ppg), 6-2 Jack Wolff, 6-2 Brody Staggs, 6-1 Will Bastin,  6-foot Skylar Pruitt. 6-2 junior Luke Cheatham, 5-11 senior Thatcher Anderson and 5-11 senior Isaiah Marlett, Caleb Cheatham, a 6-1 junior.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: BOILERMAKERS BOUNCE BACK WITH 70-60 WIN VS. MARSHALL

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team bounced back into the win column Monday night with a 70-60 coast-to-coast victory over Marshall at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers went 21-of-26 at the free throw line.

Sophomore Ra Shaya Kyle registered her first career double-double in the win with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead Purdue (4-1) in scoring. Kyle finished 5-of-6 on free throws and 5-of-8 from the field.

Abbey Ellis hit double figures for the third straight night with 14 points. The Australian went 3-of-5 on field goals with two 3-pointers and 6-of-6 at the line. Cassidy Hardin jumped back into double digits with 10 points on a trio of 3-pointers.

Kyle gave the Boilermakers an early boost with eight points in the first half. Adding a pair from Rickie Woltman, Purdue built up an a seven-point lead over the opening 10 minutes on 10 points in the paint.

Purdue maintained its lead in the second, connecting from the outside four times – two from Ellis, one from Hardin and Mide Oriyomi’s first of the year. The Boilermakers dished out nine assists on 12 first-half field goals and went to the line just four times over the first two periods.

Following a Hardin triple to start the third, Purdue made just one field goal until the 2:39 mark of the quarter. While Purdue was 1-of-6 during the drought with seven of giveaways, the defense allowed just six points and forced the Thundering Herd (3-1) to go 1-of-7 to start the frame.

The visitors managed to trim the gap down to three at 9:03 in the fourth, before Jayla Smith made a sizeable contribution off the bench with five straight points for the Boilermakers to retake an eight-point advantage. Purdue sealed the win late by making seven of their final eight free throw attempts in the final minute.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE

Kyle’s first career double-double came one week short of the one-year anniversary of her Purdue debut last season against North Alabama. The sophomore tallied 15 points for her fourth straight outing in double figures. Her 10 boards and nearly 28 minutes on the floor set career highs. The Marion native snapped a streak she brought into the night of 11 made free throws in a row, before sinking her final five attempts on the night.

JAYLA JAMS

Jayla Smith finished the night with seven points and a career-high seven rebounds over 23 minutes off the bench. The freshman stepped up in the fourth quarter to score all her points, going 2-of-4 from the field and 3-for-4 at the line. Her two field goals were made while fighting through a foul both times. Smith notched her eighth steal of the year, putting her two back of Madison Layden for the team lead.

QUOTE

Head coach Katie Gearlds …

Everything needs to be ticked up a notch. We have to get better at everything we’re trying to do every day. Today was not very pretty. At the end, it says Purdue – 70, Marshall – 60, so we’ll take it.

NOTES

• Purdue is now 150-55 when playing an opponent for the first time.

• The Boilermakers won the rebounding battle 38-32 and converted 16 offensive boards into 21 second-chance points, the most since 26 against North Alabama on Nov. 29, 2020.

• The Boilermakers were 21-of-26 at the line for the second game with more than 20 made free throws this season.

• Purdue has scored at least 70 points in all four wins this season.

• Despite being held to just seven points, her first game out of double figures this season, Madison Layden recorded four steaks, one assist and seven rebounds.

• Brooke Moore recorded her first blocked shot of the year and the fourth of her career.

• Jeanae Terry finished with nine points, six rebounds and four assists.

• Purdue closed the game shooting 50% in the fourth.

UP NEXT

Purdue will jet down to Florida for the St. Pete Showcase this weekend. The Boilermakers will open the event on Thanksgiving at 5 p.m. against No. 22 West Virginia, the first test against a ranked opponent in the Katie Gearlds Era.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOD AWARDED TO OTEC

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Big Ten conference office has announced Jena Otec as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, following her performances versus Michigan and at Northwestern last week.

The honor marks Otec’s second of the season (last: Oct. 18) and third of her career.

The Crystal City, Missouri, native put on the performance of her career in Purdue’s 3-1 win vs. Michigan, notching 33 digs in the match. Not only was it a career-best and the second 30-dig performance this season for Otec, but the most digs by a Boilermaker in 12 years. Moreover, it ties as the most by a Power Five player in a four-set match this season (joined by Lauren Barnes).

Over the two matches, Otec averaged 5.63 digs per set on her way to totaling 45 digs. Her efforts as libero also helped to limit opponents to an average 1.64 attack %.

At Northwestern, Otec added 12 digs and a pair of aces to end the weekend with 159 career aces. Otec, the only Boilermaker this century to produce as many serves, owns the most in program history in 32 years.

No. 6 Purdue (22-5, 14-4 B1G) will close out the regular season this weekend in Holloway. First Purdue will play Indiana at 6 p.m. ET on B1G+, before taking on No. 11 Nebraska at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday night. The match against the Huskers will air live on Big Ten Network.

The NCAA Selection Show is slated for Sunday, November 28 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: NO. 3 PURDUE NAMED TEAM OF THE WEEK ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Fresh off the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic tournament title, Purdue has been named as the National Team of the Week by multiple platforms, while rising to No. 3 in the country via the AP Top 25.

The ranking is Purdue’s highest AP Top 25 ranking since Feb. 5, 2018, which capped off a four-week streak of being ranked No. 3. The Boilermakers also received a first-place vote for the first time since that Feb. 5, 2018, poll.

In addition, Purdue moved to No. 3 in the latest KenPom national rankings, just points behind No. 2 Kansas.

The Boilermakers went to Connecticut in search of where it stood against national powers as Villanova (2016, 2018) and North Carolina (2017) had won three of the last five national championships. In Saturday’s win over No. 18-ranked North Carolina, the Tar Heels took a 65-64 lead with about nine minutes to play, before Jaden Ivey took over in a 10-0 run over just 1:09 to take a 74-65 lead and cruise to the finish. Ivey scored 22 points with 10 rebounds and six assists and Purdue had three players score at least 20 points in a game for the first time since Nov. 1997.

In the title game victory over No. 5-ranked Villanova, the Wildcats held a 57-46 lead with just over nine minutes left, before the Boilermakers’ offense came to life and the Purdue defense went on lockdown. Purdue scored 34 points over the final 8:41 of the contest, making its final 11 shots of the game, going 10-of-11 from the free throw line and averaging 2.03 points / possession over that span. All five Boilermaker starters scored in double-figures and Purdue has made at least 10 3-pointers in four of its five games this season.

As a result of their efforts, the Boilermakers were named National Team of the Week by four different national media representatives:

Seth Greenberg (ESPN)

ESPN.com

NCAA March Madness

Dick Vitale

Trevion Williams was named one of Greenberg’s National Players of the Week as well as the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week. Caleb Furst was selected as the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week.

The No. 3-ranked Boilermakers will host Omaha at 2 p.m. ET, on Friday. The game is officially sold out.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: WILLIAMS, FURST HONORED BY BIG TEN CONFERENCE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Fresh off the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic tournament title, Purdue forwards Trevion Williams and Caleb Furst have been honored by the Big Ten Conference for their roles in the Boilermakers’ tournament title in Connecticut.

Senior Trevion Williams was named co-Player of the Week (with Iowa’s Keegan Murray) while freshman Caleb Furst was selected as the league’s Freshman of the Week.

The Boilermakers won all three games last week with victories over Wright State (96-52), No. 18-ranked North Carolina (93-84) and No. 5-ranked Villanova (80-74), helping the Boilermakers move to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 rankings. It’s Purdue’s highest ranking since Feb. 5, 2018 (also No. 3).

Williams was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for the third time in his career after averaging 16.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals in three victories during the week. He scored 20 points with 13 rebounds, three assists and two steals in just 20 minutes against Wright State last Tuesday. He then tallied 20 points and four rebounds in just 13 minutes against North Carolina. In Sunday’s title-game victory over Villanova, he scored nine points with four rebounds, two assists and three steals and played outstanding perimeter defense in the last 10 minutes of the contest to lead Purdue to the win. He went 20-of-29 (.690) from the field and 9-of-16 (.563) from the free throw line.

For the season, Williams is averaging 12.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in just 17.5 minutes per contest.

Since the 2010-11 season, Williams is the only player in the country among all teams to average at least 12.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in under 20 minutes a game. He is shooting 24-of-36 (.667) from the field and 15-of-24 (.625) from the free throw line.

Meanwhile, Caleb Furst earns his first Big Ten weekly honor after averaging 11.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game while shooting 13-of-17 (.765) from the field, 4-of-6 (.667) from 3-point range and 4-of-5 (.800) from the free throw line.

Furst recorded his first career double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and two assists in the win over Wright State. He then went 8-of-10 in Connecticut from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-point range in wins over North Carolina and Villanova, scoring 12 points (on 5-of-5 from the field) with four rebounds against Villanova. With Purdue leading 66-62 with 2:30 to play, he connected on a corner 3-pointer to put the game away.

Furst is one-of-five freshmen to average 9.5 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 60.0 percent from the field, joining Memphis’ Jalen Duren, Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren, Weber State’s Dillon Jones and Arkansas State’s Norchad Omier on the list.

Purdue hosts Omaha on Friday at Mackey Arena, beginning at 2 p.m. ET. 

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL: FALLS TO NO. 12 HOUSTON IN OPENING GAME OF MAUI INVITATIONAL

Butler dropped its opening contest in the 2021 Maui Invitational, falling to No. 12 Houston by a score of 70-52 Monday afternoon. The tournament is being played in Las Vegas.

The Bulldogs have a quick turnaround in the three-day tournament as Butler will meet Texas A&M Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. (Eastern, 11:30 a.m. Pacific/Las Vegas). The Aggies lost to Wisconsin, 69-58, in the first game of the tournament Monday.

“Coming out of the gates obviously the physicality on the defensive end (by Houston), that set a tone for the game and had us on our heels,” said Butler coach LaVall Jordan. “I thought we showed some good fight in the second half, that little stretch there, probably eight to 10 minutes, where it looked like Butler basketball on both ends of the court. We’ve got to figure out a way to get that from the beginning.”

Fabian White, Jr. led the Cougars with 21 points and eight rebounds. He hit back-to-back three-pointers to open the game’s scoring and Houston would eventually score the first 17 points of the contest.

Houston turned 11 first-half Butler turnovers into 17 points in taking a 41-20 halftime advantage.

Butler made a run after the intermission, scoring 12 of the half’s first 15 points. That brought the Bulldogs within 12, 44-32, with 14:03 remaining. Houston would respond with the next six points and pull away.

Jair Bolden led Butler with 16 points – 14 of which came in the first half. He went 4-of-8 from three-point range. Ty Groce, making the first start of his Butler career, added 10 points and seven rebounds. Aaron Thompson (6) and Chuck Harris (5) combined for 11 of the team’s 12 assists.

The Bulldogs played without Bryce Nze, who suffered a shoulder injury in Butler’s game against Michigan State Wednesday.

Houston shot 51 percent from the field. Conversely, Butler shot only 37 percent and committed 20 total turnovers.

The Cougars (4-0) advance to the semifinals, where they will meet Wisconsin Tuesday.

Tuesday’s match-up between Butler and Texas A&M will be the first between the two programs. The game will air on ESPN2.

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: MELODY DAVIDSON NAMED BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Graduate MB Melody Davidson was recognized as the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week by the conference office Monday.

The Anderson, Ind., native wrapped up her college volleyball career with wins at UConn and vs. Xavier, where she combined to post 4.21 points/set (29.5 total) on 22 kills and 11 blocks (four solo, seven assists) in the two matches.

Davidson is the only volleyball student-athlete in the conference this season to have been named both an Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week. She concludes the season ranking second in the BIG EAST in scoring (444.5 points) and total blocks (135) while coming in at fourth in total kills (364) and hitting percentage (.333).

This is the third BIG EAST Player of the Week recognition of the season for the Bulldogs following Davidson and Jaymeson Kinley taking home the Defensive honors on Oct. 25 and Nov. 8, respectively.

The Bulldogs exceeded expectations this season, finishing in fifth place alone in the conference standings (16-15, 10-8) after being picked to finished ninth in the preseason coaches’ poll.

BUTLER WBB: ENDS HOME STAND WITH SIUE MATCHUP

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler will play one more game before Thanksgiving and that contest will be played at home on Tuesday, Nov. 23 against visiting SIUE. The two teams will take the court inside Hinkle Fieldhouse at 12 PM.

Bulldog Bits

– Butler outscored Austin Peay 23-12 in the fourth quarter on Saturday.

– BU shot 48.9% from the field vs. the Governors.

– Celena Taborn played 15 minutes in her BU debut and supplied the ‘Dawgs with seven points.

– Emilia Sexton and Trinity White have each hit a 3-pointer in every game this year for BU.

– Alex Richard and Tenley Dowell are the only Bulldogs to start in all four games this year.

– Richard ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in field goal percentage (64.1) and second in made field goals (25).

– Kendall Wingler ranks second in the conference in minutes played.

– Wingler has hit eight 3-pointers over the last two games.

Scouting SIUE                                                                                        

The Cougars opened the 2021 season with games at Kansas, Memphis and Illinois. They are 1-2 overall with the lone victory coming in their last contest vs. the Fighting Illini. Gabby Nikitinaite, Ajulu Thatha, and Mikayla Kinnard all score in double figures for first-year head coach Samantha Quigley Smith. The program returns multiple players from last year’s team that posted a 6-19 overall record.

Hoosiers Return to Hinkle                                                                  

The Cougars have three student-athletes from Indiana. Ajulu Thatha and Mikia Keith are two starters that hail from Indianapolis. Sophomore Madison Webb is from Bedford, Ind. and attended Bedford North Lawrence H.S. Coach G won a state title at Bedford North Lawrence H.S. in 2013 before joining the Bulldog staff as an assistant.

All-Time Series                                                                                      

This is the first meeting between the two programs.

Butler Falls to Austin Peay                                                                                 

Butler (0-4) outscored Austin Peay 23-12 in the fourth quarter, but their comeback would fall short on Saturday afternoon allowing the Governors to escape Hinkle Fieldhouse with a 68-65 win. Alex Richard scored a game-high 17 points in 23 minutes of playing time to lead the Bulldogs. A balanced BU scoring attack also saw Trinity White with 10 points, Kendall Wingler with nine and Tenley Dowell with nine. Down three with 20 seconds left, Butler had the opportunity to tie it, but a turnover and foul sent Austin Peay to the line for the clinching free-throws.

Limited Roster                                                                                      

Butler has 16 student-athletes on the roster, but have not had a full complement of players available thus far in the season. Celena Taborn made her season debut against Austin Peay. Butler is still waiting for Jamilyn Robinson, Oumou Toure, Rosemarie Dumont, and Kate Tanner to suit up for the first time.

Fantastic Freshmen                                                                               

Butler freshmen have scored 167 of the 230 Bulldog points this season (72.6%). The top four scorers on the roster and all freshmen. Alex Richard (14.0), Zoe Jackson (9.3) and Trinity White (8.0) are all true freshmen while Kendall Wingler is a redshirt freshman (7.8).

Take Care of the Ball                                                                            

The Bulldogs are shooting 40 percent from the field over the first four games of the season, but one area the team needs to clean up is the turnover column. BU averages 21.8 turnovers per game. Every single opponent has scored at least 20 points off Butler turnovers.

Long Distance                                                                          

The Bulldogs have increased their 3-point production in each game this year. The ‘Dawgs made four triples in the season opener and came up with five the next game vs. Western Illinois. Those totals doubled over the last two games with BU burying nine 3-pointers vs. Ball State and then hitting a season-high 10 against Austin Peay.

Up Next                                                                                                                 

Butler’s next three games will be on the road. This stretch starts with Butler playing at IUPUI on Sunday, Nov. 28. The start of BIG EAST play will follow with BU playing at DePaul on Friday and ending the weekend with a Sunday matinee at Marquette.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL: BALL STATE DOWNS WMU, ADVANCES TO MAC CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s volleyball team defeated Western Michigan 3-1 (25-23, 21-25, 25-18, 25-11) in the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference Championship Monday night inside Worthen Arena.

With the victory, the Cardinals advance to the championship match against either Bowling Green or Ohio Wednesday night at 4:30 p.m.

Ball State had four players with double-digit kills in Natalie Mitchem (12), Marie Plitt (11), Jaclyn Bulmahn (10) and Lauren Gilliland (10).

BALL STATE FOOTBALL: CARDINALS WELCOME BULLS FOR SENIOR DAY, REGULAR SEASON FINALE

MUNCIE, Ind. – It seems like just yesterday Ball State was taking the field in the season opener vs. Western Illinois. Flash forward a few months that flew by, the Cardinals are set to welcome Buffalo for the regular season finale Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET.

“It’s hard to believe that we’re approaching game No. 12 now, but we’re excited,” Ball State head coach Mike Neu said. “For a lot of these guys, this will be the last time they have a chance to play at Scheumann Stadium. You’re always going to remember your last one.”

The Cardinals (5-6, 3-4) hope this game won’t be their last together as bowl eligibility is on the line. However, it’s a tough test as the two teams will meet just six days after their previous game. Buffalo fell to Northern Illinois in overtime, while Ball State dropped a result to Central Michigan.

“We’ve got to respond,” Neu added. “That’s the biggest challenge, making sure that whatever happens – win, lose or draw in the previous game – you’ve got to stick to your process and move to the next game. Obviously, there’s some adjustments and some tweaks that will be make, whether that’s game plan or personnel – that’s part of it.

“We just to have to make sure we’re sticking to the process because we’ve got a lot left to play for. Finish the fight with each other. That’s the No. 1 thing.”

Should the Cardinals prevail and make a bowl game, it would be just the third time in program history that Ball State has played in bowl games in back-to-back seasons: 2007-08 and 2012-13.

The game will be carried on 104.1 WLBC, online at BallStateSports.com and on the Varsity Network app with the Ball State Radio Network trio of Joel Godett, Rich Spisak and Jack McMullen breaking down the action. The game will also be available on ESPN+ with Jim Barbar and Marcus Ray on the call.

Senior Day

The Cardinals are set to honor 33 seniors prior to the game Tuesday night. As freshmen in 2017, the group endured a 2-10 (0-8 MAC) season, but the class gained invaluable experience and has grown steadily during its time in Muncie. The class helped Ball State improve to 4-8 (3-5) in 2018 and then 5-7 (4-4) with three tight league losses in 2019. Then they led the program to a major breakthrough in 2020 with a 7-1 (5-1) record, a MAC championship and the first bowl win in program history.

Inside the Series: Buffalo

Ball State and Buffalo are slated to square off for the 13th time in series history Tuesday night inside Scheumann Stadium. The Cardinals hold a 10-2 lead in the matchup all-time. The matchup is a rematch of last season’s Mid-American Conference Championship, which Ball State won, 38-28. The Cardinals won the first six duels before the Bulls won 42-24 in 2008. Buffalo took the latest decision in Muncie in 2017.

Coach Neu on Buffalo…

“Look at the number of close games they’ve been involved in. Coach (Maurice) Linguist has good a good job there. He came in under tough circumstances with a late coaching change at Buffalo, but he’s got those kids playing hard. They’ve been through a lot of adversity and challenges this year. They’re playing competitively. They can beat anybody on any given week. If you look at the numbers and what they’re doing offensively, they’re pretty balanced between rushing and passing. Defensively, they’ve had some stretches where they’ve played some really, really good football. We’ve got to be ready. They’re a good team coming in here. We had a chance to play them in the MAC Championship a year ago. Yes, they’ve had some changes. Yes, we’ve had some changes. We’ve got to make sure that we’re ready to go because it’s going to be a hungry team coming in here.”

Winning the Turnover Battle

After beginning the year minus-5 in turnover margin through first four games, Ball State has been plus-10 since then with only three turnovers across the last seven games. In the first four games, the Cardinals were outscored 31-0 in points off turnovers. In the past six games, Ball State has scored 48 points off turnovers while allowing only 14.

Attacking the Ball

Ball State has three of the top 15 tacklers in the Mid-American Conference in S Bryce Cosby, ILB Clayton Coll and ILB Jaylin Thomas. Cosby is fifth in the league with 99 tackles, while Thomas is just six tackles behind him in seventh with 93 stops. Coll has 85 tackles, good for ninth in the league.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: #5/5/8 IRISH HIT THE ROAD FOR REGULAR SEASON FINALE

IRISH VS. CARDINAL – BY THE NUMBERS

1              The Irish are the only team in the NCAA to have two games this season with multiple defensive touchdowns against Power-5 opponents.

2              Tight end Michael Mayer moved into second all-time for most receptions by a tight end in a single season in program history (55).

4              Notre Dame ranks fourth in the NCAA with 38.0 sacks for the season. Fifteen different players have recorded a sack this season and it is the most sacks in a single for the Irish since 2003 (39.0).

5              The Irish have won 10 or more games for the fifth-consecutive season for the first time in program history.

5              Notre Dame’s 55-0 win over Georgia Tech was the fifth-largest shutout in program history and the largest since 1996, when they defeated Rutgers 62-0.

10.0        Defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey is tied for ninth in the NCAA with 10.0 sacks on the season. He is tied for fourth all-time for most sacks in a single season in program history.

15           The Irish are currently tied for fifth nationally with 15 interceptions. It is the most interceptions since 2014 when the Irish had 16 that season.

15           Notre Dame has won 15-consecutive games in November dating back to the 2017 season.

21           The Irish have totaled 21 takeaways this season, which ranks tied for 13th nationally.

34           Thirty-four of Michael Mayer’s team-leading 55 receptions this season have resulted in a first down for the Irish.

35           Notre Dame has won 35-straight games when allowing less than 20 points dating back to 2016.

41           The Irish have won 41-consecutive games against unranked opponents dating back to the 2016 season. It is currently the longest active streak in the FBS.

53           The Irish have won 53 games over the past five seasons to tie the program record for most wins over a five-year period (53 – 1988-92).

59           Defensive lineman Kurt Hinish has played in 59 career games, which continues to set the all-time program record. Kicker Jonathan Doerer is second all-time with 53 games played.

2002       It is the first time since 2002 that the Irish have had two games in a single season with multiple defensive touchdowns.

2012       The Irish did not allow a touchdown for the third-straight game after the 55-0 win over Georgia Tech. It is the first time since 2012 that they have not allowed a touchdown in three-straight games.

187:23   The Irish have not allowed a touchdown in the last 187:23 minutes of game time (3+ games). The Irish defense has outscored opposing offenses 12-9 over that span.

CREATING HAVOC

Under new defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman, the Irish defense has been one of the nation’s best at creating havoc plays this season, as Notre Dame has totaled 38 sacks this season, which ranks fourth in the NCAA.

The 38 sacks are the most in the Brian Kelly era and the most in a single season since 2003 (39). They are three sacks shy of tying the program record for a single season (41).

15 different players have recorded a sack this season after Isaiah Pryor and Alexander Ehrensberger got their first two sacks of the season against Georgia Tech.

The Irish defense has also been adept at taking the ball away with 21 takeaways, a number that ranks 13th in the NCAA.

Of those 21 takeaways, the Irish have tallied 15 interceptions from nine different players after Ramon Henderson tallied his first career interception against Virginia.

The 15 interceptions are tied for fifth in the NCAA. It is the most interceptions since 2014 when the Irish had 16 that season.

The nine players with an interception is the most since 2014 when they also had nine different players with interceptions.

Notre Dame has been stingy in allowing points this season. They rank 12th in scoring defense by limiting opponents to 18.6 points per game this season.

The Irish have not allowed a touchdown in the last three games. It is the first time since 2012 that they have not allowed a touchdown in three-straight games.

The Irish defense has outscored the opposing teams 12-9 over the past three games.

The defense has also been able to find the endzone this season with four defensive scores. The four touchdowns are tied for sixth nationally.

Kyle Hamilton and DJ Brown both lead the team with three interceptions each and are tied for 20th nationally.

Hamilton and Cam Hart both had two interceptions in a game this season, the first time since 2018 that the Irish have had two players with two interceptions in a game in the same season (Jalen Elliott and Alohi Gilman).

The depth of the defense has been on full display as 19 different players have recorded a tackle-for-loss this season.

IRISH ZAP YELLOW JACKETS

Notre Dame posted its most complete win of the season in the 55-0 shutout win over Georgia Tech to close the home slate.

It was the fifth-largest shutout in program history and the largest since a 62-0 win over Rutgers in 1996.

The win gave the Irish their 53rd win over the past five seasons, which tied the program record for most wins over a five-year span (53 – 1988-92).

The Irish improved to 31-2 at home over the past three seasons, the third most wins at home nationally over that span (Clemson 33, Alabama 32).

The win gave the Irish their 41st-straight win over an unranked opponent, the longest-active streak in the FBS.

It was also the 24th-consecutive win over an ACC opponent during the regular season. 18 of those wins have been by 10 points or more.

The win gave the Irish 10 for the fifth-straight season. It is the first time in program history that they have won 10 or more games in five-consecutive seasons.

The Irish scored 45 points in the first half, the second most in the modern era and the most since 2017 against Miami (OH) (45).

Notre Dame has won 26-straight games when scoring 40 points or more and 35-consecutive games when allowing less than 20 points.

The Irish had two defensive touchdowns in the win for the second time this season (Wisconsin – 2). They are the only team in the FBS to have two games with multiple defensive touchdowns against Power-5 opponents.

Linebacker Jack Kiser scored his second touchdown of the season after the 43-yard interception return. He is the first Irish defensive player since Julian Love in 2017 to score two touchdowns in a single season.

It was the second-straight game the Irish have held opponents scoreless in the first half, the first time since 2015 against Wake Forest and Boston College.

Defensive lineman Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa recorded his first career touchdown on a 70-yard fumble return and blocked a field goal. It was the first fumble return for a touchdown since 2020 (Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah vs. Clemson) and first blocked field goal since 2019 (Julian Okwara vs. Bowling Green).

Linebacker Bo Bauer had a team-high nine tackles in the win, the second-straight week he has recorded nine tackles.

Defensive lineman Howard Cross III set career-highs with 2.0 sacks and 2.0 tackles-for-loss.

BE LIKE MIKE

Tight end Michael Mayer is one of the best tight ends in the country, as he ranks in the top-four among tight ends in receptions and receiving yards per game. He ranks fourth in receptions with 55 and fourth in receiving yards per game with 66.3.

For the season, 34 of his 55 receptions have resulted in a first down for the Irish.

Mayer hauled in his fifth touchdown of the season on a career-long 52-yard pass against Georgia Tech. He moved into a tie for second all-time for most receiving touchdowns by a tight end in a single season.

He also moved into second all-time for receptions by a tight end in a single season, third for most career receiving yards by a tight end (1,113) and fourth for most receiving yards in a single season by a tight end (663).

Mayer led the Irish with team-highs in receptions (7) and receiving yards (84) while adding one score in the road win over Virginia.

It was the fifth game this season he has brought in seven or more receptions and also the fifth game he has led the team in receptions.

Mayer joined Ken MacAfee and Tyler Eifert as the only Notre Dame tight ends with 50 or more catches in a single season.

He notched five receptions for 54 yards in the home win over Southern Cal. He has totaled at least five receptions in six of his 10 games this season.

Mayer led the Irish against Cincinnati with eight receptions and 93 yards on the afternoon.

Mayer had seven catches for 61 yards in the win over Wisconsin at Soldier Field.

In the win over Toledo, Mayer finished the game with team-high marks in receptions (7), receiving yards (81) and receiving touchdowns (2).

It was the first time in Mayer’s career that he has had a multi-touchdown game.

Dating back to last season, Mayer collected seven or more receptions in three-straight games (Alabama, Florida State and Toledo). The last Irish receiver to have three-consecutive games with seven or more receptions was Michael Floyd in 2011 (Maryland – 8;  Boston College – 10 and Stanford – 8).

CAN’T STOP KYREN

Running back Kyren Williams continued to move up the Notre Dame record books in the 55-0 home win over Virginia. He led the team with 120 all-purpose yards (58 rushing, 33 return and 31 receiving), four receptions and two rushing touchdowns.

He moved into third all-time for most career receptions by a running back (76). He also moved into fourth for most receptions by a running back in a single season.

Williams has had at least one rushing touchdown in each of the last seven games after the first quarter score against Georgia Tech.

In the win over North Carolina, he finished the game with career-highs in rushing yards (199) and all-purpose yards (261).

Williams also tallied a career-long 91-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Tar Heels. It tied for the fifth longest rush in Notre Dame history and was the longest rush by an Irish player since Chris Tyree went 94-yards to the house against Syracuse in 2020.

It marked the most rushing yards by an Irish player since Dexter Williams had 202 against Florida State in 2018.

Williams’ 261 all-purpose yards against North Carolina were the third most by any player in FBS during week nine.

It marked the most all-purpose yards by an Irish player since Golden Tate totaled 275 (244 receiving, 31 rushing) against Washington in 2009.

Williams had a career-long 47 yard punt return in the first quarter against the Tar Heels.

Williams rushed for over 100 yards in consecutive games against the Trojans and Tar Heels for the first time this season and the third time in his career.

In the win over Southern Cal, Williams had his first 100-yard game of the season, as he finished with 138 yards rushing on the night.

Williams finished the game against the Trojans with two rushing touchdowns for the first time in 2021 and the sixth time in his career.

He tallied 180 all-purpose yards (138 rushing, 42 receiving) in the win over Southern Cal, the second highest total this season and fourth highest of his career.

The 180 all-purpose yards were the 10th most in the FBS during week eight and he was just one of three players in the top-10 that week who faced a power 5 opponent.

Williams leads the team with 1,327 all-purpose yards, 872 rushing yards, 13 total touchdowns and is second on the team in receptions with 36.

He ranks 20th in the country with 131.55 all-purpose yards per game. He is tied for 15th in the nation in total touchdowns with 15 and 23rd in the NCAA with 12 rushing touchdowns.

FREAKY FOSKEY

Isaiah Foskey has been the most consistent member of the Irish defensive line this season as he leads the team in sacks (10.0) and tackles-for-loss (11.5).

His 10.0 sacks on the year, a number that is tied for ninth in the country.

He has recorded at least one sack in eight of his 11 games this season and at least one tackle-for-loss in nine of the games.

His 10.0 sacks are the most by an Irish player since Stephon Tuitt had 12.0 during the 2012 season.

The mark ranks tied with Bert Berry and Mike Gann for fourth all-time at Notre Dame for most sacks in a single season.

INDIANA STATE WBASKETBALL: PREVIEW | SYCAMORES HEAD TO WESTERN KENTUCKY TO OPEN THANKSGIVING ROAD TRIP

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State hits the road for a trio of contests over the Thanksgiving break as the Sycamores travel to Western Kentucky and Georgia Southern this upcoming weekend. The four-day trip will feature a Wednesday contest at Western Kentucky, while Friday-Saturday Indiana State will take a part of the GATA Turkey Throwdown hosted by Georgia Southern.

The Sycamores will take on Western Kentucky on Wednesday afternoon with a noon ET tipoff in Bowling Springs, Ky. at E.A. Diddle Arena. The game will be carried live on CUSA.TV as well as 105.5 The Legend.

Through the first three games of the 2021-22 season, Indiana State has made its mark on the defensive side of the ball. The Sycamores enter the week sitting seventh overall in the NCAA in turnovers forced (26.33) and 10th in steals per game (14.0), leading the Missouri Valley in both categories. Indiana State is also +2.0 in rebound margin which is also tops in the conference.

Four separate Sycamores are listed among the national leaders in steals per game with Anna McKendree (3.00) sitting 44th in the NCAA and leading the MVC in the category early in the 2021-22 season. Caitlin Anderson (2.67) and Marie Hunter (2.67) are also in the top-100 in the NCAA, while Natalia Lalic (2.00) is ninth in the conference in the steals.

The Sycamores enter the week coming off back-to-back losses to Saint Louis and Eastern Illinois after a season-opening win over Stephens (Mo.). Adrian Folks has been the bright spot offensively for Indiana State over the first three games and sits among the league leaders in scoring (18.3) and rebounds (6.7) per game, while also shooting 91.7% (11-of-12) from the free throw line. Del’Janae Williams (10.3) is also averaging double-digits scoring and has been the team’s primary three-point threat with six triples on the year.

McKendree, Hunter, and Lalic have all been the playmakers with the ball in their hands this year with the trio entering the weekend tied for the team lead with 2.3 assists per game. McKendree’s 10 steals lead the team, while five different players have recorded a blocked shot on the year.

About the Western Kentucky

Western Kentucky enters the Wednesday contest with a 2-3 overall record on the season after this past Sunday’s 96-59 win over Kentucky State. The Hilltoppers also picked up an 86-76 win against North Carolina A&T in the first round of the Preseason WNIT to highlight their two victories on the year.

Meral Abdelgawad leads the WKU offense with 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game early in the 2021-22 season. The senior guard also leads the team with 16 overall steals and is second on the team with 12 assists through the first five games. Mya Meredith is also in double-digits for WKU with 10.6 points per game, while Macey Blevins is the team’s primary three-point threat with 12 conversions on the year.

Defensively, Teresa Faustino is second on the team with 14 steals overall, while Selma Kulo has posted five of the Hilltoppers’ 13 blocked shots.

Series Review – Western Kentucky

The Indiana State – Western Kentucky series dates back to 1977 and Wednesday’s contest marks the first time the two teams have taken the court against each other since 1990. Three of the four contests have taken place in Bowling Green, Ky., including the inaugural contest and lone Sycamore win in the series back on January 8, 1977, when ISU topped WKU, 80-69. Since then, Western Kentucky has won three in a row, including the last contest back on December 4, 1990, 86-71.

First-Time Opponents/Non-Conference Schedule

Indiana State’s 2021-22 non-conference schedule will feature an even blend of familiar faces and newcomers to the floor this season as the Sycamores will face-off against five first-time opponents, while also taking on six familiar foes this year. Indiana State boasts an overall winning record (56-36) record against their non-conference slate this year with their longest running rivalry coming against Eastern Illinois (38-24). ISU also boasts an all-time winning record against five of the six familiar teams on the non-conference schedule including a win in their lone contest against Nebraska back in 1994.

Out of the five newcomers on the 2021-22 schedule include home games against the home opener against Stephens (Mo.) and the December 14 contest against Illinois Chicago. The Sycamores will travel to IPFW on December 20 in their final game prior to the holiday break, while ISU will take on both Jacksonville State and Georgia Southern in the GATA Turkey Showdown held over Thanksgiving Break in Statesboro, Ga.

Additional home games for the Sycamores this season include a November 17 home date against Eastern Illinois, December 4 against Western Michigan, and December 14 against Illinois Chicago. The Sycamores head to Saint Louis (Nov. 14), Western Kentucky (Nov. 24), Chicago State (Dec. 1), and Nebraska (Dec. 11) to wrap up the non-conference portion of the schedule.

Preseason Poll

Indiana State was selected ninth overall in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason women’s basketball poll as announced by the conference office on Tuesday morning. The Sycamores received 102 total points in the poll as voted on by the conference’s coaches, sports information directors, and media.

The Sycamores return four starters from last season’s team that finished 5-15 overall with a 2-12 mark in MVC play. Sommer Pitzer, Caitlin Anderson, Marie Hunter, and Adrian Folks return to account for 83.6% of the starting five scoring output on the year, while nine returners overall highlight the roster coming into the 2021-22 season.

Missouri State was tabbed as the preseason favorite in the MVC with the Bears receiving 362 points and 35 first-place votes. Drake (two first-place, 316 points) and Northern Iowa (three first-place, 298 points) round out the top-three in poll.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WBB: RYIN OTT REPEATS AS HORIZON LEAGUE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne freshman Ryin Ott has been named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week for the second week in a row, the league announced on Monday, November 22.

After picking up the honor in the first week of her career, Ott followed up the award with a double-double in the Mastodons’ 69-63 win over UIC. The La Porte, Indiana native recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds for the ‘Dons while going 2-for-5 from the 3-point line. She helped the Mastodons shoot 38.1 percent as a team from beyond the arc.

Ott helped lead the Mastodons to a 1-0 start in League play since 2013-14. She is the first Mastodon to earn a weekly honor twice since that same season, when Amanda Hyde was named Summit League Player of the Week five times.

With the caveat of a two-game sample size, Ott has the best scoring average of any freshman in the program’s Division I history at 15.0 points per game. She is also shooting 46.2 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from deep.

Ott and the Mastodons will take the floor again on Wednesday (Nov. 24) when they return to non-league play to welcome a 3-1 Evansville squad.

IUPUI MBB: JAGUARS TO HOST HOME OPENER AT INDIANA FARMERS ON TUESDAY NIGHT

Date:     Tuesday, Nov. 23 – 7:00 p.m.

Location:              Indianapolis – Indiana Farmers  

Live Video:          ESPN+

Social Media:     Twitter   |   Instagram

Series History:   first-ever meeting

INDIANAPOLIS – After starting the season with five straight games away from home, the IUPUI basketball team will make its long anticipated home debut on Tuesday night (Nov. 23) when the Jaguars host Spalding University (2-4) at 7:00 p.m. inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Head coach Matt Crenshaw’s team is still seeking victory number one on the year after coming up just shy on multiple occasions. In its most recent outing, IUPUI had a late lead on the road at Conference USA foe UTSA before ultimately falling, 60-57. The Jaguars were down a point with the ball with nine seconds left, but committed a turnover and was unable to get a look at a potential go-ahead bucket.

Graduate transfer B.J. Maxwell collected his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 boards and freshman center Chuks Isitua had 10 points, three boards and two blocked shots in 25 minutes off the bench. Maxwell was named to the 210 San Antonio Shootout All-Tournament Team after averaging 13.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while shooting 91 percent from the free throw line in three games. For the season, Maxwell averages a team-high 12.6 points per game and also leads the squad in rebounding (5.6 rpg), free throws made (16), minutes played (30.4 mpg) and blocked shots (5).

More to follow…

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“I’m really proud of the young men’s resiliency tonight. We have to continue to limit our turnovers and fouling our opponents. Those have both been our Achilles heel to this point in the season. There were countless things we can look back on that decided the outcome of the game tonight – not just the last three or four possessions,” Crenshaw said following the UTSA loss.

UP NEXT

IUPUI will open Horizon League play on Thursday, Dec. 2 when the Jaguars host Detroit Mercy at 7:00 p.m. inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

EVANSVILLE MBB: ACES PUT UP EPIC BATTLE IN GULF COAST SHOWCASE OPENER

ESTERO, Fla. – In one of the most efficient games that you will ever see, Antoine Smith Jr. was a perfect 9-for-9 from the field on his way to a career-high 24 points in the opening game of the Gulf Coast Showcase on Monday at Hertz Arena.  Smith along with Jawaun Newton were the top performers for the University of Evansville men’s basketball team, who dropped a hard-fought triple overtime contest to Rice.

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With the loss, UE (2-4) will take on the loser of today’s Oakland/Vermont game at 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning.  Smith’s performance included a 6-of-6 showing from 3-point range.  Newton had a career-high of his own in the game, finishing with 30 points in an effort that saw him go 12-of-25 from the field while tying for the team lead with 7 rebounds.  Evan Kuhlman and Noah Frederking also chipped in 7 boards.  Frederking finished with 16 points while Shamar Givance and Kuhlman scored 12 and 10, respectively.  Givance led the way with five assists.  Rice (4-1) was led by a 30-point, 12-rebounds game from Max Fieldder.

It was an unbelievable start for the Aces, who started the game 3-for-3 from outside with Antoine Smith Jr. and Noah Frederking draining triples to cap off a 9-2 start. Smith hit two in the early run before another at the 16:43 mark gave UE a 12-4 edge.

Rice scored five in a row to cut the deficit to a single point just over a minute later before Evansville countered with a 5-0 run of its own.  Following a second-chance basket by Evan Kuhlman, Jawaun Newton connected from downtown.  With the half nearing the midway point, UE took its first double digit lead of the day with none other than Antoine Smith Jr. getting it done.  His fourth outside make in four attempts made it a 26-16 game.

Evansville added four more to push the lead 14 points before the Owls chipped in over the final minutes.  Rice made it a 30-24 game with 5:15 on the clock before the Aces settled for a 39-29 lead at the half.  UE shot 51.7% overall and 46.7% (7/15) from outside in the opening period with Smith leading all players with 12 points.

After the Owls converted the first field goal of the second half, Smith improved his 3-point tally to 5-for-5 to put Evansville on top, 42-31.  UE’s advantage would be extended to 15 points with 14:13 left in the contest.  After a triple from Kuhlman, Jawaun Newton picked up three points the old-fashioned way to make it a 53-38 game.

The ensuing stretch belonged to Rice, who would hit their next five baskets to close the gap to four with the game entering the final 10 minutes.  Max Fiedler scored 11 in a row for Rice as they made it a 56-52 contest.  Noah Frederking drained his third trey to help UE get back on track, but the hot-shooting Owls continued a stretch of eight makes in a row to keep the Aces within two possessions.

While Rice was making its run, the Aces were putting up impressive numbers of their own, going 6-for-8 to hold a 63-57 edge with eight minutes remaining.  The next RU possession saw Travis Evee hit the 7th 3-pointer of the day for Rice to get them back within a possession for the first time since the first half.

With 1:13 on the clock, the comeback for Rice was complete when a 3-point play tied the game at 71-71.  In the final 20 minutes, the Aces retook a 4-point lead but Rice answered both times to knot the game at 75-75 to send the game to overtime.  Two free throws to open overtime gave Rice their first lead of the game at 77-75.

Givance found Smith under the basket as Evansville opened the OT period with a make to tie it up.  That would be the first of three ties in the extra session before Evansville was able to wrestle away an 82-81 lead inside the final minute with a free throw.  With 2.3 seconds left, the Owls made one of their two free throws to send the game into a second overtime.  The second extra period saw the Owls get right on the board with a 3-point play before taking a 5-point lead.  Newton put UE on the board with his eighth field goal.  With under three minutes on the clock and trialing by four, Evan Kuhlman knocked down his second triple to get his team within one at 88-87.

Rice once again pushed its lead to four points under the 2-minute mark, but it was Newton pulling off another 3-point play to make it a 1-point game at 92-91.  Following a bucket by the Owls, it was Smith grabbing an offensive board and adding the putback to get UE within one tally.  Each time the Aces got back in it, the Owls had the answer, but with 20 ticks showing on the clock, Noah Frederking was fouled on a 3-point attempt and connected on all three tries to tie it at 96-96 and send it into the first triple overtime game for UE since 2019 against Morgan State.

Just as they did in the second overtime, Rice registered the opening five points.  Frederking’s 16th point of the afternoon got UE on the board with 90 ticks left but on the other end, a triple by Rice was too much to overcome as the Owls finished with the 109-104 win.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL: KRIKKE MATCHES CAREER HIGH IN SEASON DEBUT, HELPS VALPO SURGE PAST JACKSONVILLE STATE

Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) is back, and the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team is sure glad he is – that much was clear on Monday night in Nassau, The Bahamas.

After missing the first three games of the season with an injury, the team’s leading returning scorer didn’t miss a beat in the Beacons’ 78-70 victory over Jacksonville State to open the Nassau Championship, hosted at the Baha Mar Convention Center. He matched a career high with a 25-point performance and turned in a strong defensive showing to boot, leading a team effort that saw Valpo rally from down four at halftime with a 50-point second half.

The victory represented a stellar finish to a strange day. The game was delayed until 9:10 p.m. Eastern Time after being slated to tip off at 5:30 due to a water leak that made the game court unplayable. The end of the previous game (Drexel vs. Tulane) and the entire Valpo vs. Jacksonville State game were played on the Baha Mar practice court. 

How It Happened

Krikke made difficult baskets on each of Valpo’s first two possessions, then he converted a fastbreak layup after swiping a steal on the other end to put Valpo ahead 6-4 three minutes into the game.

Valpo extended the lead to 9-4 behind a Kevion Taylor (Milwaukee, Wis. / Whitnall [Winona State]) triple, and later in the half it was Connor Barrett (Chicago, Ill. / Loyola Academy) swishing one from distance to extend the Valpo lead to 18-12 with 10:19 to go in the half. That marked Barrett’s first points of the season.

The Gamecocks made the next run, rattling off eight straight points. A 3 by Demaree King – who went off for five made 3s in the game – put JSU in front 20-18 with 7:58 left in the first half. 

Barrett buried another 3 with 2:08 left in the half to vault Valpo ahead 28-26, but the Gamecocks scored the half’s final six points to take a 32-28 edge into the locker room. King hit a low-percentage 3 as JSU narrowly got the ball inbounds following a well-defended inbounds to end the half. His trey came as the horn sounded concluding the opening 20 minutes.

Eron Gordon (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Seton Hall]) – playing in front of numerous friends and family members as his mother’s side of the family hails from Nassau – hit a tough triple for his first points of the season to start the second-half scoring.

The Gamecocks scored the next six to open up a seven-point lead at 38-31, but Valpo responded and eventually tied it on Barrett’s third 3 with 15:09 to go. After being hampered by foul trouble in the first half, Thomas Kithier (Macomb, Mich. / Clarkston [Michigan State]) came to life in the second half, including back-to-back layups to put Valpo on top 45-41 with 13:04 on the clock. 

Krikke had several spectacular finishes despite drawing heavy contact including an impressive 3-point play with 11:40 to go that put Valpo up by seven.

A 12-4 spurt by Jacksonville State tilted the game back in their favor at 55-54 with 7:19 remaining.

Valpo turned it over with 4:01 remaining as Krikke hit a wet spot on the floor and slipped to the ground. That led to a fastbreak 3 by King that put Jacksonville State back on top 61-60. Coming out of the ensuing media timeout, Valpo responded to the adverse moment in a positive manner, as Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy]) converted a 3 on an Anderson assist.

Kithier turned a monster 3-point play at the 1:57 mark to snap a 63-all tie, and from that point forward, Valpo would lead the rest of the way. Krikke knocked down a shot on an Edwards assist with 1:15 to go, then the Beacons made the bulk of their free throws down the stretch to ice the triumph.

Inside the Game

Krikke’s 25 points tied his career high, which came on Jan. 24 of last season at Illinois State. He also had his seventh career two-steal game and rejected a pair of shots while shooting 10-of-17 from the floor and 5-of-6 at the foul line.

Anderson squeezed 11 rebounds, the second straight double-figure rebound effort for the Valpo point guard. After a 10-rebound showing at Stanford, he established a collegiate career high on the glass for the second consecutive contest. He finished one point shy of his second straight double-double.

Valpo shot 55.6 percent from the floor in the second half while going 16-of-20 (80 percent) at the free-throw line over the final 20 minutes. The team posted a 50-point half for the first time since scoring 54 after halftime in a 90-78 win vs. Bradley on Feb. 22, 2020.

Edwards tallied double figures for the fourth time in as many games this season, finishing with 12 points. He has hit double figures in five straight dating back to last season. The sophomore had two steals and two blocks in the victory.

Taylor also cracked double figures with 11, his third time in four games reaching the 10-point precipice. Kithier chipped in nine points on 4-of-7 shooting. Taylor and Kithier grabbed five rebounds apiece.

The back-and-forth game featured nine ties and 13 lead changes.

After committing 19 turnovers on Wednesday at Stanford, Valpo made a season-low six giveaways on Monday. That was Valpo’s lowest turnover total since also having six in a 66-65 win at Southern Illinois on Feb. 21 of last season.

Valpo went 18-of-22 (81.8 percent) at the free-throw line, the team’s second straight game above 80 percent. This marked season highs in both free throws made and free throws attempted. It represented the team’s highest total in both areas (FT and FTA) since going 24-of-29 in an upset victory over No. 25 Drake on Feb. 7 of last season.

Valpo improved to 21-4 in its last 25 multi-team event games. 

The win came over a Jacksonville State team picked third of 12 in the A-Sun Preseason Poll and a team that posted an 18-9 record and 13-6 conference mark a year ago.

VALPO WBB: TAKES ON UIC TUESDAY

Valparaiso (0-4, 0-0 MVC)
Game #5 – November 23, 2021 – 6:30 p.m.
at UIC (0-3, 0-2 Horizon)
Credit Union 1 Arena (8,000) – Chicago, Ill.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team looks to head into the Thanksgiving holiday on a winning note as the Beacons make the short trip to Chicago to face off with UIC Tuesday evening.

Previously: Shay Frederick and Leah Earnest both reached double figures in the scoring column Sunday as the Valpo women’s basketball team fell at Xavier by a 70-49 final.

Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN+
Radio: WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso)/Streaming Audio: TuneIn app [if no men’s game Tuesday]
Streaming Audio: YouTube [if there is a men’s game Tuesday]
Links for all live coverage: Available via ValpoAthletics.com

Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her fourth year at the helm of the program in 2021-22 and owns a record of 37-53. Evans has made an immediate impact on the program in her first three years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game and in steals per game in each of the last two seasons.

Series Notes: The most common opponent in program history, Valpo trails the all-time series between the former conference rivals by a slim 25-24 margin. UIC holds a 15-8 edge in the series in Chicago. The two squads last met in December 2019 at the ARC, when Valpo put together one of the best defensive efforts in program history in a 63-37 win over the Flames. Valpo limited UIC to 26.7% shooting in that contest and forced 29 Flames turnovers, 18 of which were steals.

@ValpoWBB…
…and @ValleyHoops
– Valpo has been picked to finish in sixth place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 208 points – just one point shy of fifth place.
– Valpo is in its fifth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference in 2021-22.
– The Valley was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.

…looking back at last year
– Valpo posted a 12-13 overall record during the 2020-21 season and went 7-9 in Missouri Valley Conference play.
– Valpo finished the regular season in seventh place in the MVC standings.
– Included among Valpo’s 12 victories were wins at Illinois and at Purdue, the program’s first Power Five wins since 2012-13.
– Valpo closed the season with a NET of 122 – the program’s best final NET/RPI ranking since the 2003-04 campaign.
– Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC honoree as she led the Valley in assists and ranked sixth in scoring.
– Carie Weinman earned Honorable Mention All-MVC notice and repeated on the All-Defensive Team as she led the Valley in steals for a second straight season.

..at Xavier
– Xavier scored six of the first quarter’s final eight points to lead 23-18 at the end of one, and extended the run to 11-2 with the first five points of the second quarter.
– The Musketeers’ lead reached as many as 13 points in the first half and Valpo trailed Xavier 35-24 at intermission.
– The Beacons held the Musketeers to just three points over the first six-plus minutes of the second half as they crept back into the game. Valpo out-scored Xavier 10-3 over that stretch, with five different players scoring, and when Grace White finished a layup with 3:54 to play in the quarter, Valpo was within 38-34.
– Xavier scored on each of its next six possessions, however, to extend its lead back out to 51-36 with 10 minutes to play.
– Valpo got no closer than 13 points in the fourth quarter.
– Frederick paced Valpo with 14 points and knocked down three 3-pointers. She now ranks ninth in program history with 153 career 3-pointers.
– The senior also led the Beacons’ effort on the glass with eight rebounds.
– Earnest reached double figures in scoring for the second time this year with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting off the bench.
– Valpo shot just 36.6% from the field and was 6-of-28 from 3-point range.

…at Michigan State
– The Spartans led by as many as 13 points in the first half and were up 36-28 at halftime.
– Valpo scored on five of its first seven possessions of the second half to close to within 43-39 with 6:19 to play in the third quarter.
– The Spartans scored the next 10 points as part of a larger 17-5 run to close out the period as they extended out to a 60-44 lead with 10 minutes to play.
– MSU led by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter. Valpo got to within seven late on a basket from Grace White with 24 seconds remaining.
– After averaging 16.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in Valpo’s three games against Big Ten teams a season ago, White enjoyed another stellar effort against high-level competition Tuesday. White led all players with 22 points, just one off her Valpo high and 17 of which came in the second half.
– Frederick joined White in double figures Tuesday, finishing with 15 points.
– Valpo put together its best effort on the defensive glass of the season, limiting Michigan State to just four second-chance points and only 11 offensive boards.
– The Beacons committed three fewer turnovers than the Spartans (16-13).

…looking ahead
– The stretch of five straight road games continues after Thanksgiving on Monday at Western Michigan.
– The road string concludes at Bowling Green on Sunday, Dec. 5.

…on the road
– Sunday marks the third of seven non-conference road games and 16 road games in all for Valpo this season.
– Valpo has finished at or above .500 in each of the last two seasons in true road games, going 6-6 on the road last year and 9-5 in 2019-20.

@UIC_WBB
– UIC enters Tuesday’s matchup at 0-3 on the year, dropping its season opener at Northwestern and losing its first two Horizon League games to Purdue Fort Wayne and Cleveland State.
– The Flames were picked to finish in 10th place in the HL preseason poll.
– Jaida McCloud – a Horizon League All-Freshman Team selection last season – is averaging team highs of 17.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game to date.

Get Accustomed to the Road
– Valpo is in the midst of a stretch of five consecutive true road games, which started last Tuesday at Michigan State and concludes Sunday, Dec. 5 at Bowling Green.
– Interestingly, none of them are part of multi-game trips – they are five separate single-game trips.
– It is the first time Valpo will play five consecutive true road games since…the end of the regular season last year, as it closed the MVC slate with one game at Loyola and two games each at Southern Illinois and at Drake.
– It is the first time in program history Valpo will play five consecutive true road games in pre-conference play.
– Valpo last played five straight away from home in pre-conference play in November/December 2013. That year’s squad had road games at Tennessee Tech, Florida International and Toledo, as well as neutral-site games, hosted by the latter two schools, against Montana State and Chicago State.

Strong Start for Earnest
– Sophomore wing Leah Earnest has enjoyed a strong start to her second season in the Brown and Gold.
– After scoring in double figures just once as a freshman, Earnest has already been in double figures in two of Valpo’s first four games – highlighted by a career-best 17 points against Central Michigan.
– Last time out, Earnest tallied 12 points at Xavier and has now scored seven or more points in all four of Valpo’s games.
– Earnest is tied for team-high honors with 11.3 points/game and is shooting 19-of-31 (61.3%) from the floor so far, tops among all MVC players.

Frederick Approaches 1K
– Junior guard Shay Frederick is nearing a scoring milestone.
– With her 14 points on Sunday, Frederick now owns 951 career points, just 49 shy of 1,000 for her career.
– Frederick – who is tied for team-high honors with 11.3 points/game this season – moved into 20th place in program history in career scoring last time out at Xavier.
– When she hits 1,000 career points, Frederick will become the 17th player in program history to reach the milestone. She will also become just the second player all-time at Valpo with at least 1,000 points and 300 assists.

Notable Wins
– The last two seasons have featured a combined 29 wins for Valpo, including many notable victories.
– The 2020-21 squad counted some big wins among its 12 victories, including a pair of literal B1G wins, as the Brown and Gold beat multiple Big Ten teams in the same season for the first time in program history.
– Entering the season without a win over a Power Five program since 2012-13, Valpo won at Illinois for its first-ever win over the Illini, and followed four days later with a road win at Purdue – the second win in program history over the Boilermakers.
– Valpo became the first women’s basketball program with multiple nonconference road wins at Big Ten programs since 2017-18.
– The team picked up some big wins once the schedule flipped to Missouri Valley Conference play as well last season, as three of Valpo’s seven conference victories came over teams in the top-100 of the NET.
– The 2019-20 Valpo squad had one of the top turnarounds in program history from the previous year and one of the best turnarounds in the nation. It more than doubled the win total from the prior season, as the 2018-19 team went 8-24 overall, while the 2019-20 squad went 17-12.
– It was the second-largest improvement in the win column from one year to the next in program history, trailing only the 2001-02 team, which improved an astounding 19 wins from the previous season (7-22 -> 26-7).
– Valpo’s 10.5 game improvement ranked sixth nationally.
– Valpo’s 17 wins in 2019-20 made it the program’s winningest campaign since 2006-07.
– The wins in 2019-20 came in non-conference play, where Valpo posted an 8-3 record – the best pre-conference mark in program history.
– The wins came away from home, as Valpo went 9-5 in true road games – the most road wins since the 2001-02 team won nine true road games.
– The wins came when the schedule shifted to MVC action, as Valpo finished 2019-20 9-9 in MVC play – its first .500 or better record in league play since 2008-09.

Raining Threes
– In her time at the helm of the Valpo program, head coach Mary Evans’ teams have become known for their propensity to shoot 3-pointers.
– Evans’ first three seasons at the helm have seen Valpo’s top-3 single-season total 3-pointers made, including a program-record 276 in her first season in 2018-19 – a mark which ranks seventh in MVC history.
– Valpo has ranked among the top-25 in the nation in 3-pointers/game all three years, with the 2020-21 squad setting a program single-season record by averaging 9.0 triples/game.
– Prior to Evans’ arrival, Valpo had made 14 or more 3-pointers in a game just nine times in program history.
– In the three seasons with her at the helm, Valpo owns nine more games with 14+ triples, including twice matching the program single-game record of 17.
– The style of play isn’t a surprise if you follow the coaching tree. Evans coached under Bob Boldon at Ohio for five years before getting the head job at Valpo, and Boldon was a former assistant coach at FGCU under their legendary head coach, Karl Smesko, whose teams have ranked among the top-5 in the nation in 3-pointers made in each of the last 10 years.

Thievery Abounds
– As much as the offensive end has been highlighted by the 3-point numbers under Evans, the defensive side has seen prolific steal numbers over the last three seasons.
– Valpo has averaged at least 8.9 steals/game in each of Evans’ three seasons.
– Each of the last two years has seen Valpo rank among the top-40 teams nationally in steals/game.
– Carie Weinman has led the MVC in steals in each of the last two seasons. She ranked 16th nationally last year, averaging 2.9 steals/game.
– Valpo tallied double figures in steals 12 times in 25 games in 2020-21, after doing so 16 times the previous season.
– With 300 steals, the 2019-20 squad finished the campaign eighth in program history in the category. The 2001-02 team (330 steals) is the only Valpo team in the last quarter-century to have registered more steals.

A Look at the Non-Conference
– Head coach Mary Evans has put together a challenging non-conference schedule to help prepare Valpo for the grind of MVC play.
– The non-conference slate features five teams which finished within the top-100 of the NCAA NET ranking last season, including three teams which appeared in the NCAA Tournament.
– Valpo will take on four MAC opponents, including the reigning regular season (Bowling Green) and tournament (Central Michigan) champions.
– The Beacons will host Notre Dame at the ARC on Dec. 8.
– Valpo also has trips to two programs – Michigan State and South Dakota – which finished in the top-40 of the NET last year.

Starters, Assemble
– Four regular starters return for Valpo in 2021-22, including a trio who own extensive streaks of consecutive games started.
– Shay Frederick, Caitlin Morrison and Carie Weinman were three of the four players who started every game a season ago.
– Frederick has started 70 consecutive games dating back to the middle of her freshman year, while Morrison and Weinman have made 58 starts in a row.
– The three were members of a quintet which started every single game in the 2019-20 season – the first time in program history the same five players started every game.
– Grace White started all 22 games she was available for last season as well.
– In contrast to that quartet, Maya Dunson made her first start in the Valpo uniform in the season opener.

VALPO VOLLEYBALL: HART, SWISTEK CLAIM MVC WEEKLY AWARDS

After earning wins on both ends of the Iowa road trip to conclude regular season play, the Valpo volleyball team earned two of the MVC’s three weekly awards on Monday. Senior middle Haley Hart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week, while freshman outside Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) earned Freshman of the Week accolades.

Hart tied for the team lead on the block last weekend in Valpo’s pair of wins, including a career-best performance. Hart tied for match-high honors with six rejections in Valpo’s win at UNI on Friday. She then took it to another level on Saturday at Drake, surpassing her previous career best of eight with a nine-block performance to again tie for match-high honors. The nine blocks not only set a career-best mark, but also tied for fourth in program history in a four-set match in the 25-point era.

Swistek posted double-doubles in both of Valpo’s wins on the Iowa road trip to help move the Beacons into a tie for third place in the final regular season standings. She opened the weekend by tying for team-high honors with 11 kills in the win at UNI while posting 15 digs as well. Swistek then stood out on Saturday in the win at Drake, pacing Valpo with 13 kills and leading all players with 27 digs, smashing her previous career best of 16.

Hart picked up her second weekly award of the season from the Valley, as she was previously Player of the Week on Oct. 4. Both of Valpo’s middles — Hart and Peyton McCarthy — have now earned both Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week honors from the MVC this year. Meanwhile, Swistek’s award was the first of her Valpo career.

MARIAN HEADLINES MSFA MIDEAST FIRST TEAM, WILLIAM NAMED CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

INDIANAPOLIS – The three MSFA Mideast League co-champions were well represented, with 24 First Team selections including all 13 on the offensive side of the ball, as the 2021 All-MSFA Mideast League team was announced by the Association on Monday.

No. 7 Marian led the way with ten First Team honors, along with No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan’s nine, and No. 8 Concordia’s five selections. A pair of wide receivers shared Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors, in Indiana Wesleyan’s Brayden Smith, and Marian’s Johnny William. Smith led the Mideast with an average of 84.6 receiving yards per game and was second in TDs (nine), while William brought in 11 TD catches on the season to lead the league.

Kole Murlin of Siena Heights was named Mideast League Defensive Player of the Year, and Indiana Wesleyan’s Jordan Langs took Coach of the Year.

Johnny William had a dominant final season for Marian, leading the Knights in receiving during the regular season for the fifth consecutive year, becoming the only player in program history to do so. William became Marian’s all-time leading receiver in yards late in the year, and in the regular season posted 867 yards on 41 receptions. The Indianapolis native scored 10 touchdowns, and was amongst the NAIA leaders in yards per catch at 21.1 yards per reception.

Joining William on the First Team offense was Ben Stevens, Daylen Taylor, Darren Dillon, and Zach Sibila. Stevens was Marian’s second leading wideout hauling in 35 passes for 787 yards and eight touchdowns. Stevens averaged 22.5 yards per catch in the regular season, and picked up nearly 79 yards per game. Taylor ran for 845 yards in eight games, scoring eight touchdowns on the ground. The second year back also caught eight passes for 94 yards. Dillon and Sibila both earned their second career MSFA All-League honor, as the two anchored an offense that ran for nearly 2000 yards and averaged 4.5 yards per carry.

On defense both Krystapher Oakley and Sir’Zion Dance were named to the All-MSFA First Team as both players anchored the Knights defense throughout the year. Dance leads the Knights in tackles, during the regular season accumlating 60.5 stops witht 14.5 coming in the backfield. Dance made 1.5 sacks, intercepting one pass, forcing and recovering a fumble, and breaking up four pass attempts. Oakley made 29.5 total tackles, leading the team in the regular season in sacks with six. Oakley had nine tackles for loss, and broke up a pair of passes from his defensive tackle position.

The Knights dominated the First Team Specialists, claiming three of the five spots on the team. Taylor Soper was named First Team punter, kicking 46 times for 1939 yards with an average of 42.2 yards per punt. Soper ranked as one of the top-10 punters in multiple categories in the nation, and this season has set or tied three single game punting records. Jalen Jennings took the First Team return specialist, returning three kickoffs for touchdowns to set a single season Marian record. Jennings leads the NAIA with three scores, and racked up 688 yards in the return game this season. Long snapper Peyton Knight also was named to the first team, recording zero bad snaps on the season while downing several of Soper’s punts inside the 20.

On the second team, Marian claimed four spots in running back Baron Huebler, defensive linemen Tyler Majors and Tyler Bukur, and kicker Marlon Pomili. Huebler ran for 678 yards in his freshman campaign, claiming a spot in the program’s top-15 rushers while scoring 10 touchdowns. Majors made 24.5 total tackles and is second on the team in tackles for loss with 13.5, dropping the quarterback 5.5 times. Bukur is the Knights’ third-leading tackler with 31, making five sacks in the regular season. Pomili converted 53 of his 61 kicks to score 69 points, stepping into the starting place kicker role as a freshman.

Marian closed their honors with three players on the honorable mention team, with quarterback Zach Bundalo and defensive backs Ricky Kwak and Diomoni Small making the team. Bundalo tossed 24 touchdowns in his first season as a starting quarterback, while Small led the team with two interceptions. Kwak had an intercetpion in the regular season opener, and was Marian’s fifth leading tackler with 26.5 total stops.

The Knights will continue their 2021 season on Saturday as they travel to Northwestern for the NAIA FCS Quarterfinals.

MARIAN WBB: IMANI GUY TABBED CROSSROADS LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Jackson, Mich. – Coming off a 2-0 week, the Marian women’s basketball team earned their first Crossroads League Player of the Week honor of the season Monday afternoon, as Imani Guy was selected as the league’s top player from the past seven days. The honor is the third in Guy’s career.

Guy netted a personal-best 30 points in No. 10 Marian’s win over IU-East and added 16 points and seven steals in a 62-44 triumph over No. 13 IWU. Guy shot 67.7 percent from the floor in the two wins, averaging 23.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. Guy had one double-double on the week, and is leading the Knights in scoring this season.

Marian kicks off a three-game week on Tuesday night as they travel to Grace College for a 6:00 p.m. start.

INDIANA WESLEYAN FOOTBALL: FOOTBALL GARNERS 15 ALL-MFSA AWARDS

MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan football was rewarded for their on the field accomplishments Monday by the Mid-States Football Association (MFSA). As a member of the Mideast division of the MFSA, the Wildcats garnered nine First Team awards, seven Second Team honors and three Honorable Mentions honors. The list was highlighted by Wildcat wide receiver Brayden Smith who earned Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors, and Head Coach Jordan Langs and Defensive Coordinator J.J. Clark who earned Coach of the Year and Assistant Coach of the year honors.

“After the recent weeks, never have I been more proud to be a member of the MSFA Mideast,” said Head Coach Jordan Langs. “It is humbling to see the recognition our players and coaches have been shown by our fellow programs that we hold so much respect for.”

MFSA Mideast First Team

QB – Xander Stokes

Stokes tossed for 1829 yards and found the endzone on 13 occasions with his arm and twice on the ground. He finished the season with a 162.20 passer rating.

RB – Devodney Alford

Alford rushed for 740 yards and found the endzone on 12 occasions. He averaged 92.50 yards-per-game this season.

WR – Brayden Smith

Smith tallied 677 receiving yards and found the endzone on 9 occasions.

WR – Jacquez Carter

Carter tallied 653 receiving yards and found the endzone on 5 occasions.

OL – Ben Farrell

OL – Luke Watson

DL – Issac Abeo

Abeo collected 7 tackles for loss for a total of 35 yards while sacking the quarterback on 6.5 occasions. He also forced two fumbles.

DB – Justin Johnson

Johnson collected 52 tackles while breaking up 11 passes. He also totaled 8 TFL’s, 3 sacks and 2 interceptions.

K – Ben VonGunten

Vongunten went 10-for-12 on the season with his longest coming in at 46 yards. He was a perfect 2-for-2 from 40-yards or more and kicked a game-winning field goal at USF.

 MFSA Mideast Second Team

OL – Caleb Rufener

OL – DC Mickey

DL – Gardy Paul

DB – Donovan Shelton

DB – Neil Campbell

P – Ben VonGunten

LS – Noah King

 MFSA Mideast Honorable Mention

LB – Ismael Avila

TE – Charlie Hill

DL – Owen Perkins

ROSE HULMAN MBB: TERRY HICKS NAMED HCAC MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology junior Terry Hicks has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for his efforts in last weekend’s Marymount Pablo Coto Invitational.

Hicks was named Most Valuable Player of the Marymount Invitational after recording a pair of double-doubles.  He scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 65-60 win over Washington & Lee in the tournament opener.  Hicks added 18 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in a 65-60 championship game victory over host Marymount.

For the week, Hicks averaged 15.5 points and 14.0 rebounds per game.  He shot 52% from the field and 70% from the free throw line in the two contests.

On the season, Hicks averages 11.7 points and a team-high 11.7 rebounds per contest.

Rose-Hulman stands 3-0 in men’s basketball for the first time since the 2011-12 season.  The Fightin’ Engineers return home to face DePauw University on Sunday Nov. 28 at 3 pm.

ANDERSON SWIMMING: HAYWARD TABBED HCAC DIVER OF THE WEEK

Anderson University men’s diving sophomore Matthew Hayward (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Concordia Lutheran) has been tabbed the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Diver of the Week, which was announced by the conference on Monday.

Hayward collected his HCAC second diver-of-the-week selection this season and the fifth of his career.

Anderson put together a split during Saturday’s double dual in North Manchester. The Ravens (2-2, 2-1) rolled past Manchester University (0-4, 0-2) by a score of 143-68. Anderson fell to Olivet College (4-1) by a score of 173-104 in non-conference action

Hayward broke the 6-dive 1-meter diving school record with a score of 281.35 points, taking first place in the event. He broke the school record with an average of 46.89 points per dive.

Hayward also won the 5-dive 1-meter diving exhibition with a score of 156.85 points and an average of 31.37 points per dive.

Anderson challenges Franklin College (4-0, 2-0) in HCAC action on Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. in Franklin.

DEPAUW WBB: SHANNON NAMED NCAC ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw guard Mya Shannon (Sr., Morris, Ill./Morris) has been selected as the North Coast Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week after leading the 19th-ranked Tigers to wins over 22nd-ranked Millikin and NCAC foe Kenyon.

In Tuesday’s 71-55 victory over Millikin, Shannon posted a career-high double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds and then added 15 points in yesterday’s 81-45 win over Kenyon.

For the week, Shannon averaged 23.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while hitting 17-of-28 field goals including 7-of-12 3-pointers.

DePauw is 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the NCAC as it heads into a Saturday game against WashU at the Midwest Challenge hosted by Illinois Wesleyan. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST.

HUNTINGTON WBB: TURNER INKS WITH HUNTINGTON

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The HU women’s basketball program and head coach Lori Culler have announced the signing of Bedford North Lawrence High School standout Ella Turner as the most recent addition to the 2022-23 recruiting class. 

Turner comes from a successful Stars program this is currently undefeated on the season at 6-0. Culler is thrilled to have the 6-1 center join her squad.

“We are excited to add Ella to the Forester family,” said Culler. “Coming from a very successful Bedford North Lawrence program, she knows what it takes to win consistently and is willing to put in the effort.

“She adds depth to our post position with her size and is a great fit overall. We believe her best years are ahead of her and look forward to watching her career unfold.”

Sitting with Ella is HU Coach Lori Culler, mom Debbie and brother Tate. Standing (L to R) is grandparents Ron and Janis, BNLHS Coach Jeff Allen, dad Greg, brother Colt.

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

ST. FRANCIS FOOTBALL: RIVER WALSH & A.J. MOORE MAKE FIRST TEAM ALL-MSFA AS SEASON AWARDS ARE ANNOUNCED

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis football team is excited to announce that eight Cougar players were honored on the All-MSFA All-Mideast league team including junior linebacker River Walsh and sophomore defensive end Alfred Moore who made first team all-defense.

Throughout the 2021 season, Moore totaled 37 tackles with 17 of them coming for a cumulative loss of 77 yards as well as a fumble recovered and returned for a touchdown against Madonna. Meanwhile, Walsh, earning first team honors for the second straight year, led the Cougars by a long shot in total tackles this season with 85. He also blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown in the home opener against Siena Heights.

“Both of these young men are very talented players that played extremely hard and always put the team first!” Head Coach Kevin Donley said.

In addition to Moore and Walsh, three other Cougars earned second team honors: senior wide receiver Matt Kominkiewicz, senior cornerback Damon Hunter, and junior linebacker Emmanuel Davis.

Three more Cougars earned honorable mentions: senior offensive lineman Solomon Asiedu, senior wide receiver Jay Segal, and junior defensive end Dekahri Jones.

Mideast League Co-Offensive Players of the Year: Brayden Smith, Indiana Wesleyan; Johnny William, Marian

Mideast League Defensive Player of the Year: Kole Murlin, Siena Heights

Mideast League Coach of the Year: Jordan Langs, Indiana Wesleyan

Mideast League Assistant Coach of the Year: J.J. Clark, Defensive Coordinator, Indiana Wesleyan

MSFA All-Mideast League First Team
OFFENSE
QBXANDER STOKESINDIANA WESLEYANSO.FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.
RBDEVODNEY ALFORD**INDIANA WESLEYANSR.ORLANDO, FLA.
RBDAYLEN TAYLORMARIANFR.INDIANAPOLIS, IND.
WRBRAYDEN SMITH***INDIANA WESLEYANSR.WYOMING, MICH.
WRBEN STEVENSMARIANJR.DANVILLE, IND.
WRJAQUEZ CARTERINDIANA WESLEYANJR.NAPLES, FLA.
WRJOHNNY WILLIAM*****MARIANSR.INDIANAPOLIS, IND.
TELUKE WILSON**CONCORDIASR.CROSWELL, MICH.
OLBEN FARRELLINDIANA WESLEYANJR.GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.
OLLUKE WATSON**INDIANA WESLEYANSR.NEW HAVEN, IND.
OLNATE ROEHRCONCORDIAJR.ALLENDALE, MICH.
OLDARREN DILLON**MARIANSO.FLORA, IND.
OLZACH SIBILA**MARIANFR.ZIONSVILLE, IND.
DEFENSE
DLDREW LORIA***SIENA HEIGHTSSR.STERLING HEIGHTS, MICH.
DLA.J. MOORESAINT FRANCISFR.INDIANAPOLIS, IND.
DLISAAC ABEOINDIANA WESLEYANJR.FISHERS, IND.
DLKRYS OAKLEYMARIANSR.INDIANAPOLIS, IND.
LBKOLE MURLIN***SIENA HEIGHTSJR.CELINA, OHIO
LBSIR’ZION DANCE**MARIANJR.INDIANAPOLIS, IND.
LBRIVER WALSH**SAINT FRANCISSO.ANDREAN, IND.
LBHUNTER MAYNARDCONCORDIASR.PLAIN CITY, OHIO
DBJUSTIN JOHNSON*****INDIANA WESLEYANSR.INDIANAPOLIS, IND.
DBTRENTON MORROW***SIENA HEIGHTSSR.NORWALK, OHIO
DBGABE CALLERYSIENA HEIGHTSSR.TRAVERSE CITY, MICH.
DBGERALD MCHENRYCONCORDIAJR.CLEVELAND, OHIO
SPECIAL TEAMS
KBEN VONGUNTEN******INDIANA WESLEYANSR.SPENCERVILLE, IND.
PTAYLOR SOPER**MARIANJR.FISHERS, IND.
PCASEY RAUCH***CONCORDIASO.ALEXANDRIA, KY.
RETJALEN JENNINGSMARIANSO.SOUTH BEND, IND.
LSPEYTON KNIGHTMARIANFR.CONVERSE, IND.

MSFA ALL-MIDEAST LEAGUE SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
QBTYLER KULKALAWRENCE TECHJR.CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MICH.
RBKALEB JEFFERSONSIENA HEIGHTSJR.BLUFFTON, OHIO
RBBARON HUEBLERMARIANFR.INDIANAPOLIS, IND.
RBJARED JORDAN**SIENA HEIGHTSSR.GROSSE POINT WOODS, MICH.
WRPARKER GRAHAM**CONCORDIAJR.LIVONIA, MICH.
WRERIC WILLIAMS**SIENA HEIGHTSSO.SOUTH BEND, IND.
WRKENDYL WILLIAMS**LAWRENCE TECHJR.BOYNTON BEACH, FLA.
WRMATT KOMINKEWICZ**SAINT FRANCISSR.SOUTH BEND, IND.
TEC.J. THOMPSONLAWRENCE TECHJR.ALMA, MICH.
OLCALEB RUFENER**INDIANA WESLEYANSR.SALINE, MICH.
OLWILL DOWLINGCONCORDIASO.OAK HARBOR, OHIO
OLNICHOLAS TURCHIANO**SIENA HEIGHTSJR.CINCINNATI, OHIO
OLGABE DOWLINGCONCORDIASO.OAK HARBOR, OHIO
OLD.C. MICKEYINDIANA WESLEYANSR.FORT WAYNE, IND.
DEFENSE
DLTYLER MAJORSMARIANSO.INDIANAPOLIS, IND.
DLGARDY PAUL**INDIANA WESLEYANJR.NAPLES, FLA.
DLANDREW FOERSTER**CONCORDIASR.SWARTZ CREEK, MICH.
DLTYLER BUKURMARIANFR.VALPARAISO, IND.
LBCASEY RAUCH***CONCORDIASO.ALEXANDRIA, KY.
LBJOSH SALTZGABER**TAYLORSR.DORR, MICH.
LBTOMMY LAPPINLAWRENCE TECHSO.HARTLAND, MICH.
LBEMMANUEL DAVISSAINT FRANCISJR.FISHERS, IND.
DBDONOVAN SHELTONINDIANA WESLEYANSR.CENTERVILLE, OHIO
DBKHOREICE CRAWFORDSIENA HEIGHTSJR.HAMMOND, IND.
DBNEIL CAMPBELLINDIANA WESLEYANSO.CHICAGO, ILL.
DBDAMON HUNTERSAINT FRANCISSR.COLUMBUS, IND.
SPECIAL TEAMS
KMARLON POMILIMARIANFR.VILLAGE OF LAKEWOOD, ILL.
KANTHONY SECCHISIENA HEIGHTSJR.STERLING HEIGHTS, MICH.
PBEN VONGUNTEN******INDIANA WESLEYANSR.SPENCERVILLE, IND.
RETMARQUISE THORNSLAWRENCE TECHJR.DETROIT, MICH.
LSSEAN CALLAHANTAYLORJR.BEAVERCREEK, OHIO
LSNOAH KINGINDIANA WESLEYANSR.CONVERSE, IND.

** – TWO-TIME ALL-MSFA SELECTION
*** – THREE-TIME ALL-MSFA SELECTION
*****- FIVE-TIME ALL-MSFA SELECTION
******- SIX-TIME ALL-MSFA SELECTION


MSFA MIDEAST LEAGUE HONORABLE MENTION
DBJULIUS ADAMSMADONNAFR.PARMA, MICH.
OLMAX ALVAREZLAWRENCE TECHFR.ALAN PARK, MICH.
OLSOLOMON ASIEDUSAINT FRANCISSR.TOLEDO, OHIO
LBISMAEL AVILAINDIANA WESLEYANSR.JASPER, TENN.
DLSAM BARTUTAYLORSR.LAFAYETTE, IND.
DBCHRIS BROADENLAWRENCE TECHSO.SOUTHFIELD, MICH.
QBZACH BUNDALOMARIANFR.CROWN POINT, IND.
DLDEMARCUS BUSHLAWRENCE TECHSO.BURTON, MICH.
WRSEEGER DEGAYNERCONCORDIASO.GRAND BLANC, MICH.
OLLIAM HESTINGTAYLORSO.COLUMBIA CITY, IND.
LBAVEN JONESTAYLORSO.NEW PALESTINE, IND.
DLDEKAHRI JONESSAINT FRANCISJR.INDIANAPOLIS, IND.
TECHARLIE HILLINDIANA WESLEYANSR.WHEATON, ILL.
DBRICKY KWAKMARIANJR.ORLAND PARK, ILL.
LBANDREW MCGAUGHYSIENA HEIGHTSJR.OKEMOS, MICH.
DBJESSE MORRISMADONNAFR.YPSILANTI, MICH.
DBMITCH NGUYENMADONNAJR.SARASOTA, FLA.
DLOWEN PERKINSINDIANA WESLEYANSR.SIMS, IND.
LBAARON RAHNCONCORDIASR.HOLLAND, MICH.
WRJAY SEGALSAINT FRANCISSR.LAFAYETTE, IND.
DBDIOMONI SMALLMARIANSO.INDIANAPOLIS, IND.
DLCORBIN STEFANSKICONCORDIASR.MUNGER, MICH.
DLVINCENT WALKERSIENA HEIGHTSJR.MIDLAND, MICH.
OLABE WILDERMUTHSIENA HEIGHTSJR.ANNA, OHIO

INDIANA TECH MEN’S HOCKEY: HOLMBERG, FUNKE SWEEP WHAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Tech senior Joel Holmberg and sophomore Braedyn Funke were named the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Men’s Ice Hockey Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced Monday.

Holmberg led the No. 12-ranked Warriors to a sweep of Lawrence Tech in conference action over the weekend with three goals, including the game-winning goal in Friday’s 4-3 victory, and an assist. Funke was in the net Saturday night against the Blue Devils and allowed just one goal on 14 shots to pick up the win.

It’s the second time this season, and fourth time in his career, that Holmberg has won the weekly award while it’s the first honor in his career for Funke.

GRACE MEN’S SOCCER: MEN’S SOCCER SEEDED FOURTH AT NCCAA NATIONALS

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s men’s soccer team grabbed the No. 4 seed in next week’s 2021 NCCAA National Championships.

Grace will attempt to defend its national crown after winning the championship in 2020 for the first time in team history.

The Lancers clinched their spot by winning the Midwest Region championship game 4-1 over Roberts Wesleyan.

Grace is making its seventh straight appearance to the NCCAA tournament. The nine-team tournament is held at Austin-Tindall Regional Park in Kissimmee, Fla.

Included in Grace’s pool are No. 3 Judson and No. 7 Oakland City. The top two seeds in the field are No. 1 Columbia International and No. 2 Campbellsville. The winner of each of the three pools as well as the best runner-up will advance to the national semifinals.

The tournament for Grace begins Tuesday, Nov. 30, against Oakland City. The following day is Grace’s matchup against Judson. Both games are slated for 6 p.m.

GRACE MEN’S SOCCER: GONCALVES TABBED AS NCCAA PLAYER OF THE WEEK

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Ze Maria Goncalves was named the NCCAA National Player of the Week for Grace’s men’s soccer team on Monday.

Goncalves had two goals and an assist to lead Grace to the NCCAA Midwest Region Championship over Roberts Wesleyan.

He scored the go-ahead goal and later added an insurance goal during the 4-1 win to send Grace to the NCCAA National Championships.

For the season he has tallied five goals with a team-leading nine assists.

GRACE MEN’S BASKETBALL: DAVIDSON NAMED LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Frankie Davidson of Grace’s men’s basketball team was named the Crossroads League Player of the Week on Monday.

He averaged 27.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per game to help Grace improve to 8-0 on the season. He shot 51 percent from the floor, 43 percent on 3-pointers and 80 percent on free throws.

In the conference opener, he scored 31 points during an 83-80 win at Mt. Vernon Nazarene.

Davidson has been Grace’s leading scorer during the squad’s perfect start to the season. He is averaging 23.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

The Lancers will put their undefeated record to the test on Tuesday. Grace hosts No. 11 Marian at 8 p.m. at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center. The game will be preceded by the women’s Grace versus Marian matchup at 6 p.m.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TROJANS LEAD NATION AND SET PROGRAM-BEST WITH FOUR COSIDA AWARDS

UPLAND, Ind. – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has announced the 2021 Academic All-District award-winners for each of the three NCAA divisions and the NAIA, and the Taylor University volleyball team secured four spots on the list.

Grace Isaacs, Karli Ware, Ryan Czerniak, and Kacy Bragg were the four Trojans to make the list, fueling Taylor to the largest collection of All-District awards in the nation across all four levels of competition, a mark only matched by West Florida.

Taylor’s four All-District awards were not only good enough to lead the nation in the 2021 season, but the bundle was also good enough to establish a new program-best.

Trojan student-athletes landed four of the eight available spots on the NAIA District 2 list, which consists of schools from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

For senior middle-hitter, Grace Isaacs, this year’s honor marks the second CoSIDA Academic All-District award of her career. An exercise science major with a 3.34 GPA, Isaacs led the team with 103 total blocks and struck the team’s third-most kills with 280. The Highland Heights, Kentucky, native ranked third in the Crossroads League in blocks, a mark worthy of an Honorable-Mention All-Crossroads League recognition.

Junior, Karli Ware, earned the first CoSIDA Academic All-District award of her career. A health science major with a solid 3.73 GPA, Ware played in each of Taylor’s 34 matches. Ware played an essential role in the Trojan lineup, executing 208 digs on the season in tandem with 28 service aces, all the while only making seven total errors.

Ryan Czerniak, a senior from Pittsboro, Indiana, also received the second CoSIDA All-District award of her career. A human physiology and preventative medicine major with an impressive 3.86 GPA, Czerniak embodied a fierce presence on the court, striking 368 kills with a remarkable hitting percentage of .318. Taylor’s right-side hitter was fifth in the league in kills, a mark good enough to earn her a spot on the Second-Team All-Crossroads League team.

Lastly, Kacy Bragg picked up her second CoSIDA All-District award as a Trojan. A psychology major, who maintained a 3.83 GPA in the classroom, showed out on the court in the 2021 season. Bragg led the Crossroads League with 1,278 assists on the season, a mark that placed her seventh in the nation. Meanwhile, the Trojan setter finished second on the team with 338 digs and contributed 30 service aces as well. Bragg’s all-around impressive season entitled her to the honor of Crossroads League Setter of the Year and a spot on the First-Team All Crossroads League team.

The CoSIDA Academic All-District award is designed to recognize student-athletes for outstanding achievements, both in the classroom and on the field. In order to be eligible for the honor, an athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or higher on a 4.0 scale, achieved sophomore status academically with at least one full-year at their current institution, and participated in over half of the team’s competitions as a key contributor during the current season.

Student-athletes are nominated for the award by their institution’s Sports Information Department and voted on by CoSIDA members from around the nation.

Taylor athletes now boast a remarkable 35 total CoSIDA Academic All-District awards at the end of the 2021 fall season, after the Trojan men’s and women’s soccer teams and the Taylor football team joined the volleyball team in establishing new program-bests for CoSIDA All-District awards.

TU’s 35 All-District awards is the most team awards among any school in the nation across all four levels of play.

The four Taylor volleyball All-District award-winners will now advance to a ballot for All-American honors, which will be announced on December 17th, 2021.

RIVER STATES CONFERENCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK WINNERS PICKED FOR NOV. 15-21

RALPH GETS RSC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR IU SOUTHEAST

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Southeast guard Emmy Ralph led the Grenadiers to a 2-0 week to earn River States Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week Nov. 15-21.

Ralph, a sophomore from Mt. Washington, Ky., averaged 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game on the week. That came in wins over Alice Lloyd (Ky.) and Brescia (Ky.).

She had 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals versus Alice Lloyd. Ralph then had 15 points on 5 for 10 from 3-point range versus Brescia.

IU Southeast is 5-3, 2-0 RSC and will host Midway (Ky.) on Nov. 23.  

TOBLER NAMED RSC MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR ALICE LLOYD (KY.)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College forward Damon Tobler averaged 16.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in two games to pick up River States Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week Nov. 15-21.

Tobler, a 6-4 sophomore from Philadelphia, Pa., led the Eagles to a 2-0 week in RSC play. He first had 20 points and 11 rebounds in a 75-74 win at IU Southeast. Then in a 73-63 win at IU Kokomo, he had 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists and three steals.

Tobler shot 60 percent for the week (12 for 20) and was 3 for 6 from long range and 6 for 8 from the foul line. The double-double at IU Southeast featured 7 for 11 shooting overall and 5 for 6 on free throws.

Alice Lloyd is 6-0 overall, 2-0 RSC and will host Carolina University on Nov. 23.

NFL STANDINGS

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

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
BROOKLYN135.7226-37-22-011-48-23 W
BOSTON108.5563.05-35-51-26-77-33 W
PHILADELPHIA108.5563.04-46-40-45-64-61 W
NEW YORK98.5293.54-55-33-17-84-61 L
TORONTO810.4445.02-66-43-27-63-71 L
 
CENTRAL DIVISON
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
CHICAGO126.6676-36-32-16-46-41 L
MILWAUKEE108.5562.05-45-42-07-56-44 W
CLEVELAND99.5003.04-55-41-06-55-54 L
INDIANA811.4214.55-23-91-24-95-52 W
DETROIT412.2507.02-72-51-43-93-72 L
 
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MIAMI116.6476-15-53-15-35-51 L
WASHINGTON116.6477-24-43-49-66-41 L
CHARLOTTE118.5791.06-25-63-28-46-41 W
ATLANTA99.5002.58-11-83-16-45-55 W
ORLANDO414.2227.51-63-80-42-122-83 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
UTAH116.6476-35-32-06-15-51 L
PORTLAND98.5292.08-11-70-15-56-43 W
DENVER98.5292.07-32-52-16-55-54 L
MINNESOTA89.4713.05-63-30-17-85-54 W
OKLAHOMA CITY611.3535.04-42-70-16-55-53 L
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
GOLDEN STATE152.8829-16-13-08-19-14 W
PHOENIX143.8241.08-26-12-112-310-013 W
LA CLIPPERS107.5885.08-32-40-18-57-31 W
LA LAKERS99.5006.57-52-40-25-64-61 W
SACRAMENTO612.3339.52-74-51-24-92-84 L
 
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
DALLAS97.5636-13-65-07-45-53 L
MEMPHIS98.5290.56-33-51-18-55-51 W
SAN ANTONIO412.2505.02-52-70-31-102-85 L
NEW ORLEANS316.1587.52-71-91-13-82-82 L
HOUSTON116.0598.51-50-110-21-120-1015 L

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS1813232913714710-0-03-2-35-2-3
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS201361271351459-3-14-3-08-2-0
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING17104323855525-3-25-1-17-1-2
DETROIT RED WINGS2089319854675-2-23-7-14-5-1
BOSTON BRUINS1596018846436-2-03-4-06-4-0
BUFFALO SABRES1879216653615-4-12-5-12-7-1
MONTREAL CANADIENS20513212544704-6-11-7-13-5-2
OTTAWA SENATORS1641119441593-7-01-4-12-7-1
 
METROPOLITAN DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
CAROLINA HURRICANES171421291457346-1-08-1-17-2-1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS191135271164445-1-36-2-26-2-2
NEW YORK RANGERS181143251051515-1-16-3-26-2-2
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS16106020857516-3-04-3-06-4-0
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS1886420754524-4-24-2-25-3-2
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS1685319843444-3-24-2-14-4-2
NEW JERSEY DEVILS1685319748495-3-13-2-24-3-3
NEW YORK ISLANDERS1558212531470-2-05-6-23-6-1
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
CENTRAL DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
MINNESOTA WILD181161231064595-2-06-4-16-3-1
ST. LOUIS BLUES18106222961495-3-15-3-14-5-1
WINNIPEG JETS1895422855487-2-12-3-35-3-2
NASHVILLE PREDATORS18107121950505-3-05-4-16-3-1
COLORADO AVALANCHE1595119861495-2-14-3-07-2-1
DALLAS STARS1677216643514-2-13-5-14-4-2
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS18610214540584-4-12-6-16-4-0
ARIZONA COYOTES19413210434692-4-12-9-14-5-1
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
CALGARY FLAMES191135271163362-1-39-2-25-2-3
EDMONTON OILERS171340261168508-1-05-3-07-3-0
ANAHEIM DUCKS191063231063517-3-13-3-28-2-0
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS191180221059597-4-04-4-07-3-0
SAN JOSE SHARKS1898119946514-3-15-5-04-5-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS1887319747465-4-13-3-26-2-2
VANCOUVER CANUCKS19611214546623-6-13-5-13-6-1
SEATTLE KRAKEN18512111552684-6-01-6-12-8-0