MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – TOP 25

OHIO STATE 71 #1 DUKE 66

#2 PURDUE 93 FLORIDA STATE 65

#13 TENNESSEE 86 PRESBYTERIAN 44

#15 HOUSTON 99 NORTHWESTERN STATE 58

#17 UCONN 72 MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE 63

ALSO

SYRACUSE 112 INDIANA 110 2OT

MINNESOTA, 54 PITTSBURGH 53

RUTGERS 74 CLEMSON 64

WAKE FOREST 77 NORTHWESTERN 73 OT

BUTLER 68 SAGINAW VALLEY STATE 57

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – TOP 25

#5 BAYLOR 73 MOREHEAD STATE 28

ALSO

MURRAY STATE 85 EVANSVILLE 77

NBA SCOREBOARD

BROOKLYN 112, NEW YORK 110

MEMPHIS 98 TORONTO 91

PHOENIX 104 GOLDEN STATE 96

PORTLAND 110 DETROIT 92

LA LAKERS 117 SACRAMENTO 92

NHL SCOREBOARD

DETROIT 2 BOSTON 1

FLORIDA 5 WASHINGTON 4

SAN JOSE 5 NEW JERSEY 2

NY ISLANDERS AT PHILADELPHIA POSTPONED

ST. LOUIS 4 TAMPA BAY 3

NASHVILLE 6 COLUMBUS 0

MINNESOTA 5 ARIZONA 2

DALLAS 4 CAROLINA 1

ANAHEIM 5 LOS ANGELES 4

MLS SOCCER PLAYOFFS

NEW ENGLAND 2 NEW YORK CITY 2 (NEW YORK CITY WINS SHOOTOUT 5 – 3

INDIANA BOYS AP BASKETBALL POLLS

Class 4A

                                      W-L  Pts 

1. CATHEDRAL (7)              2-0  184 

2. ZIONSVILLE (2)               2-0  176

3. LAWRENCE NORTH (1)     2-0  152 

4. CARMEL (1)                   1-1  149 

5. HOMESTEAD (1)            1-1  111 

6. FISHERS                        1-0  82

7. WESTFIELD                       0-0  68

8. TECH                              1-0  67

9. CRISPUS ATTUCKS              1-0  65

10. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH       2-0  56

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: VALPARAISO 46. JEFFERSONVILLE 40. PLAINFIELD 33. S. BEND ADAMS 32. BLOOMINGTON NORTH 32. LAFAYETTE JEFF 23. PIKE 21. GARY WEST 16. WARREN CENTRAL 16. WARSAW 12. NORTH CENTRAL 10. ANDERSON 9. BEN DAVIS 7. CONCORD 7. MCCUTCHEON 7. S. BEND RILEY 7. MT.VERNON (FORTVILLE) 6. PENN 6.

Class 3A

                                               W-L  Pts 

1. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (2)        0-0  161 

2. BREBEUF JESUIT (4)               2-0  143

3. LEO                                      2-0  132 

4. SILVER CREEK (1)                   1-0  130 

5. CONNERSVILLE (1)                    2-0  97

6. N. HARRISON                          2-0  70  

7. S. BEND ST. JOSEPH’S (1)      0-0  66  

8. NORTHWOOD (1)                     2-0  58

9. EV. BOSSE                            0-0  49

10. HAMMOND (1)                     0-1  44  

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: BEECH GROVE 42. GUERIN CATHOLIC 41. SULLIVAN 40. GREENSBURG 39. HERITAGE HILLS 30. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 24. BROWNSTOWN 24. NEW CASTLE 18. NORTHVIEW 17. MT. VERNON (POSEY) 16. S. BEND WASHINGTON 15. DELTA 14. GLENN 12. WOODLAN 12. TWIN LAKES 9. W. NOBLE 9. DANVILLE 8.

Class 2A

                                              W-L  Pts 

1. CENTRAL NOBLE (3)               1-0  194 

2. LINTON-STOCKTON (1)             2-0  176 

3. FT. WAYNE BLACKHAWK (5)    0-0  174 

4. S. SPENCER                         1-0  80  

5. PARKE HERITAGE                   0-1  76  

6. PARK TUDOR (1)                     1-0  64

7. COVENANT CHRISTIAN              1-0  60  

8. ANDREAN (1)                          0-0 51

9. BLACKFORD                             1-0  34  

10. S. RIPLEY                            1-1  32  

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: CHURUBUSCO 28. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 27. EASTERN HANCOCK 26. ROCHESTER 24. BREMEN 21. CARROLL (FLORA) 21. MADISON-GRANT 21. SHENANDOAH 18. NORTHEASTERN 18. TIPTON 18. PERRY CENTRAL 14. EV. MATER DEI 14. LAPEL 14. SOUTHWESTERN (JEFFERSON) 13. MONROE CENTRAL 12. FRANKTON 12. EASTSIDE 12. WAPAHANI 10. SOUTHRIDGE 10. BOONE GROVE 9. SCECINA 8. S. KNOX 8. WESTVIEW 8. PROVIDENCE 7. S. DECATUR 6.

Class A

                                          W-L  Pts 

1. BARR-REEVE (8)               1-1  194 

2. N. DAVIESS                      3-0  158 

3. LOOGOOTEE                       3-0  111 

4. GARY 21ST CENTURY (1)     1-0  107

5. EDINBURGH                       2-0  98  

6. TINDLEY (1)                      1-1  94  

7. BLOOMFIELD (1)                  2-0  87  

8. LUTHERAN                          0-0  82  

9. TRITON                               1-0  58

10. JAC-CEN-DEL                     2-0 51

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: LAFAYETTE CATHOLIC 45. KOUTS 32. TRINITY LUTHERAN 32. ORLEANS 31. LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 30. FREMONT 22. MORRISTOWN 20. COVINGTON 12. ELKHART CHRISTIAN 12. SHAKAMAK 9. METROPOLITAN 9. ROCK CREEK ACADEMY 7. SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBY) 7. EV. CHRISTIAN 6. WES-DEL 6.

INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL

ALEXANDRIA51YORKTOWN49 
ARGOS31TIPPECANOE VALLEY29 
BEECH GROVE52PERRY MERIDIAN49 
BETHANY CHRISTIAN62LAKELAND CHRISTIAN42 
BLOOMINGTON LIGHTHOUSE63MARTINSVILLE TABERNACLE29 
BOONVILLE69NORTH POSEY62 
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL72SALEM40 
CARROLL (FLORA)72TRI-COUNTY55 
CASTLE57PRINCETON45 
CENTRAL CHRISTIAN51INDIANA MATH & SCIENCE34 
CENTRAL NOBLE76HAMILTON10 
CONCORD66SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH63 
CROWN POINT45ILLIANA CHRISTIAN35 
CULVER80WEST CENTRAL31 
DELTA65WINCHESTER45 
ELKHART51SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON41 
EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN70OWENSBORO APOLLO (KY.)46 
FISHERS77INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN47 
FLOYD CENTRAL51MEADE COUNTY (KY.)34 
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK71FORT WAYNE NORTH65 
FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA61BELLMONT38 
FORT WAYNE LUERS72FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY64 
FORT WAYNE NORTHROP61NEW HAVEN51 
FORT WAYNE SNIDER85EAST NOBLE62 
HIGHLAND45RIVER FOREST35 
HOLY CROSS (KY.)73SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH)49 
INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS86PURDUE POLY ENGLEWOOD41 
INDIANAPOLIS RIVERSIDE62MTI KNOWLEDGE32 
INDIANAPOLIS TECH80INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY64 
JASPER76EVANSVILLE BOSSE71 
JOHN GLENN67SOUTH BEND CLAY40 
LAWRENCE CENTRAL61FRANKLIN CENTRAL58 
LAWRENCEBURG59FRANKLIN COUNTY56 
LIBERTY CHRISTIAN75INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE57 
MISHAWAKA MARIAN56GOSHEN39 
MISSISSINEWA64NORWELL61 
MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)64TECUMSEH60 
NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)67CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL36 
NORTH KNOX48CLAY CITY42 
PARK TUDOR74GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN64 
PERRY CENTRAL69CANNELTON28 
PHALEN ACADEMY73ANDERSON PREP ACADEMY61 
RED HILL (ILL.)72EVANSVILLE DAY71 
SCOTTSBURG62EASTERN (PEKIN)43 
SILVER CREEK73CHARLESTOWN40 
SOUTH BEND CAREER42TRINITY GREENLAWN38 
SOUTH BEND RILEY66JIMTOWN46 
SOUTH SPENCER61EVANSVILLE HARRISON50 
TAYLOR57NORTH MIAMI47 
TRITON47PLYMOUTH33 
WES-DEL70UNION CITY48 
WESTFIELD71PENDLETON HEIGHTS36 
WESTVILLE53HANOVER CENTRAL51 
WHEELER44LOWELL37 
WHITELAND68COLUMBUS EAST56 
WOODLAN67GARRETT38 
CASS COUNTY INVITATIONAL
PIONEER45LOGANSPORT44 
LAFAYETTE TOURNAMENT
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC71TWIN LAKES63 
LAFAYETTE JEFF63MCCUTCHEON41 
WEST LAFAYETTE54BENTON CENTRAL51 
HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE)72RENSSELAER CENTRAL40 

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL

ADAMS CENTRAL56CHURUBUSCO23 
ANDERSON64MARION33 
ANDREAN52GARY WEST40 
ARMSTRONG-POTOMAC (ILL.)57COVINGTON39 
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE50JENNINGS COUNTY34 
BEN DAVIS53INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL45 
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN57CLINTON CENTRAL43 
BLUE RIVER77WAPAHANI63 
BORDEN56NEW WASHINGTON52 
BROWNSBURG49TRI-WEST43 
CARMEL79LAWRENCE NORTH50 
CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)54DEKALB20 
CASCADE58WESTERN BOONE23 
CHESTERTON62EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL7 
COLUMBIA CITY56FORT WAYNE DWENGER40 
COLUMBUS EAST59BLOOMINGTON NORTH42 
CROWN POINT79LOWELL30 
CULVER ACADEMY41LACROSSE33 
EASTERN HANCOCK68SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE)34 
EDGEWOOD43BLOOMFIELD41OT
EDINBURGH42OLDENBURG ACADEMY37 
EMINENCE54PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY13 
FAIRFIELD56ANGOLA47 
FOREST PARK46SOUTHRIDGE23 
FORT WAYNE WAYNE51NEW HAVEN10 
FRANKLIN48CENTER GROVE45 
FRONTIER68SOUTH NEWTON22 
GOSHEN44CENTRAL NOBLE27 
GREENFIELD-CENTRAL40INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD36 
GUERIN CATHOLIC60INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE14 
HERITAGE HILLS79TELL CITY18 
HUNTINGTON NORTH46FORT WAYNE LUERS25 
INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS47HERITAGE CHRISTIAN46 
INDIANAPOLIS RITTER44MONROVIA39 
INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI50WHITELAND35 
JAY COUNTY64NORTHEASTERN33 
JIMTOWN54SOUTH BEND RILEY38 
KANKAKEE VALLEY52MICHIGAN CITY41 
KNIGHTSTOWN43IRVINGTON PREP ACADEMY20 
KOUTS52WASHINGTON TWP.46 
LAKE CENTRAL67MUNSTER40 
LAKELAND56EAST NOBLE38 
LAPEL63YORKTOWN42 
LEO58FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA43 
LINTON-STOCKTON56OWEN VALLEY31 
LOOGOOTEE31ORLEANS27 
MACONAQUAH64NORTHFIELD43 
MARTINSVILLE TABERNACLE56BLOOMINGTON LIGHTHOUSE16 
MISHAWAKA MARIAN72NEW PRAIRIE55 
MISHAWAKA51LAVILLE48 
MITCHELL57BROWN COUNTY41 
MOORESVILLE52TERRE HAUTE NORTH33 
MORGAN TWP.49NORTH JUDSON48 
NEW CASTLE54NEW PALESTINE51 
NORTH DECATUR53SOUTH RIPLEY42 
NORTH HARRISON45JASPER25 
NORTH MONTGOMERY53FAITH CHRISTIAN33 
NORTH PUTNAM56CLOVERDALE33 
NORTH WHITE57TRI-COUNTY35 
NORTHEAST DUBOIS65WASHINGTON CATHOLIC23 
NORTHRIDGE58WESTVIEW22 
NORTHWESTERN59WABASH31 
PARK TUDOR61TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN20 
PARKE HERITAGE52SOUTHMONT37 
PENN57SOUTH BEND ADAMS46 
PERRY MERIDIAN62BEECH GROVE29 
PIKE54WARREN CENTRAL44 
PLAINFIELD66AVON51 
PORTAGE68HOBART35 
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS61LAKEWOOD PARK33 
PRINCETON46MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)29 
PROVIDENCE48CHRISTIAN ACADEMY22 
RISING SUN49SOUTH DEARBORN36 
ROCK CREEK ACADEMY39LOUISVILLE COLLEGIATE (KY.)36 
SEEGER56NORTH VERMILLION33 
SEYMOUR56BLOOMINGTON SOUTH51 
SHERIDAN64FRANKFORT26 
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH62BREMEN36 
SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON67ELKHART25 
SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)62BOONE GROVE25 
SPRINGS VALLEY27BARR-REEVE22 
SWITZERLAND COUNTY61MILAN33 
TRI60CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN36 
TRINITY LUTHERAN58INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN40 
TRITON CENTRAL59GREENSBURG46 
UNION (MODOC)41COWAN36 
UNIVERSITY60CLINTON PRAIRIE52 
VINCENNES LINCOLN55GIBSON SOUTHERN51 
WARSAW54NORTHWOOD21 
WAWASEE55WEST NOBLE22 
WEST VIGO42SOUTH VERMILLION35 
WHITKO53FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY32 
WINAMAC57WEST CENTRAL29 
WOOD MEMORIAL57EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN26 
WOODLAN48EASTSIDE37 
CASS COUNTY INVITATIONAL
PIONEER65LOGANSPORT34 

NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 13

THURSDAY, DEC. 2

DALLAS COWBOYS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, 8:20 PM (FOX, NFL NETWORK, AMAZON)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS, 1 PM (FOX)

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT CHICAGO BEARS, 1 PM (FOX)

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS, 1 PM (FOX)

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DETROIT LIONS, 1 PM (CBS)

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT HOUSTON TEXANS, 1 PM (CBS)

DENVER BRONCOS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, 1 PM (CBS)

NEW YORK GIANTS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS, 1 PM (FOX)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT NEW YORK JETS, 1 PM (CBS)

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS, 4:05 PM (FOX)

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS, 4:25 PM (CBS)

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS, 4:25 PM (CBS)

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, 8:20 PM (NBC)

MONDAY, DEC. 6

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT BUFFALO BILLS, 8:15 PM (ESPN)

WEEK 14 SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, DEC. 9

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS, 8:20 PM (FOX, NFL NETWORK, AMAZON)

SUNDAY, DEC. 12

ATLANTA FALCONS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS, 1 PM (FOX)

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS, 1 PM CBS)

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS, 1 PM (CBS)

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT HOUSTON TEXANS, 1 PM (FOX)

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, 1 PM  (CBS)

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT NEW YORK JETS, 1 PM (FOX)

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT TENNESSEE TITANS, 1 PM (CBS)

DALLAS COWBOYS AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM, 1 PM (FOX)

DETROIT LIONS AT DENVER BRONCOS, 4:05 PM (FOX)

NEW YORK GIANTS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS, 4:05 PM (FOX)

BUFFALO BILLS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, 4:25 PM (CBS)

CHICAGO BEARS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS, 8:20 PM (NBC)

MONDAY, DEC. 13, 2021

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS, 8:15 PM (ESPN)

WEEK 15 SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, DEC. 16

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS, 8:20 PM (FOX, NFL NETWORK, AMAZON)

SATURDAY, DEC. 18

TBD, 4:30 PM NFL NETWORK

TBD, 8:15 PM NFL NETWORK

SATURDAY/SUNDAY TBD

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT BUFFALO BILLS, TBD

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS, TBD

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS, TBD

NEW YORK JETS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS, TBD

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES, TBD

SUNDAY, DEC. 19

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS, 1 PM (FOX)

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT DETROIT LIONS, 1 PM (FOX)

HOUSTON TEXANS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS, 1 PM (CBS)

DALLAS COWBOYS AT NEW YORK GIANTS, 1 PM (FOX)

TENNESSEE TITANS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS, 1 PM (CBS)

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT DENVER BRONCOS, 4:05 PM (CBS)

ATLANTA FALCONS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, 4:05 PM (CBS)

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS, 4:25 PM (FOX)

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, 8:20 PM (NBC)

MONDAY, DEC. 20

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT CHICAGO BEARS, 8:15 PM (ESPN)

WEEK 16 SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, DEC. 23

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT TENNESSEE TITANS, 8:20 PM (NFL NETWORK)

SATURDAY, DEC. 25 (CHRISTMAS)

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS, 4:30 PM (FOX, NFL NETWORK, AMAZON)

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS, 8:15 PM (NFL NETWORK)

SUNDAY, DEC. 26

DETROIT LIONS AT ATLANTA FALCONS, 1 PM (FOX)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS, 1 PM (FOX)

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS, 1 PM (CBS)

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT HOUSTON TEXANS, 1 PM (CBS)

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS, 1 PM (FOX)

BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, 1 PM (CBS)

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT NEW YORK JETS, 1 PM (CBS)

NEW YORK GIANTS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES, 1 PM (FOX)

CHICAGO BEARS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, 4:05 PM (FOX)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, 4:25 PM (CBS)

DENVER BRONCOS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS, 4:25 PM (CBS)

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM AT DALLAS COWBOYS, 8:20 PM (NBC)

MONDAY, DEC. 27

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, 8:15 PM (ESPN)

WEEK 17 SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, JAN. 2

ATLANTA FALCONS AT BUFFALO BILLS, 1 PM (FOX)

NEW YORK GIANTS AT CHICAGO BEARS, 1 PM (CBS)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS, 1 PM (CBS)

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT DALLAS COWBOYS, 1 PM (FOX)

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS, 1 PM (CBS)

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, 1 PM (CBS)

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, 1 PM (FOX)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT NEW YORK JETS, 1 PM (FOX)

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT TENNESSEE TITANS, 1 PM (CBS)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM, 1 PM (FOX)

DENVER BRONCOS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS, 4:05 PM (CBS)

HOUSTON TEXANS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, 4:05 PM (CBS)

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS, 4:25 PM (FOX)

DETROIT LIONS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, 4:25 PM (FOX)

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS, 8:20 PM(NBC)

MONDAY, JAN. 3

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS, 8:15 PM (ESPN)

WEEK 18 SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, JAN. 8

TBD, 4:30 PM, ESPN, ABC

TBD, 8:15 PM, ESPN, ABC

SUNDAY, JAN. 9

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS, 1 PM (FOX)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS, 1 PM (CBS)

NEW YORK JETS AT BUFFALO BILLS, 1 PM (CBS)

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS, 1 PM (CBS)DA

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT DETROIT LIONS, 1 PM (FOX)

TENNESSEE TITANS AT HOUSTON TEXANS, 1 PM (CBS)

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS, 1 PM(CBS)

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS, 1 PM (CBS)

CHICAGO BEARS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS, 1 PM (FOX)

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM AT NEW YORK GIANTS, 1 PM (FOX)

DALLAS COWBOYS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES, 1 PM (FOX)

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, 1 PM (FOX)

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS, 4:25 PM (FOX)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT DENVER BRONCOS, 4:25 PM (CBS)

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS, 4:25 PM (FOX)

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS, 4:25 PM (CBS)

TBD, 8:20 PM(NBC)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

WEEK 14

FRIDAY, DEC. 3

CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (ALAMODOME IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS) | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (ALLEGIANT STADIUM IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA) | 8 P.M. | ABC

SATURDAY, DEC. 4

BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (AT&T STADIUM IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS) | 12 P.M. | ABC

MAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (FORD FIELD IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN) | 12 P.M. | ESPN

MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 3 P.M. | FOX

APPALACHIAN STATE AT LOUISIANA (SUN BELT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

GEORGIA VS. ALABAMA (SEC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AT MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM IN ATLANTA) | 4 P.M. | CBS

AAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME | 4 P.M. | ABC

ACC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA) | 8 P.M. | ABC

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (LUCAS OIL STADIUM IN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA) | 8 P.M. | FOX

USC AT CAL | 11 P.M. | FS1

WEEK 14

SATURDAY, DEC. 11

ARMY VS. NAVY (METLIFE STADIUM IN EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY) | 3 P.M. | CBS

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

MICHIGAN MOVES TO 2ND IN CFP RANKINGS; COACHLESS IRISH 6TH

DALLAS (AP) Michigan moved up to No. 2 Tuesday night in the second-to-last College Football Playoff rankings, joining Georgia, Alabama and Cincinnati in the top four heading into conference championship weekend.

Oklahoma State is fifth going into the Big 12 championship game Saturday against No. 9 Baylor, and Notre Dame is sixth with no games left and no head coach.

Brian Kelly left the Fighting Irish and was introduced as the new coach at LSU on Tuesday, three days after independent Notre Dame finished its season 11-1.

Selection committee chairman Gary Barta, who is Iowa’s athletic director, noted selection protocol requires the committee to consider the unavailability of players and coaches and how that could affect a team’s performance in the postseason.

Losing Kelly had no impact on this week’s ranking for Notre Dame because the committee does not project ahead into the postseason until all games are finished.

“And each of the 13 members can weigh that the way they want to weigh it, compared to head-to-head competition and common opponents and all the other things we evaluate,” Barta said.

Georgia was first, as it has been for every selection committee ranking so far, and Michigan climbed to No. 2 after it beat last week’s No. 2, Ohio State. The Wolverines play 13th-ranked Iowa in the Big Ten title game.

Alabama will be third going into the Southeastern Conference championship game with Georgia, and Cincinnati is fourth heading into its American Athletic Conference championship against Houston, which is 21st in the committee’s rankings.

The playoff field will be set Sunday. The top four teams will play in the Orange and Cotton bowls on Dec. 31. The College Football Playoff national championship game is scheduled for Jan. 10 in Indianapolis.

The penultimate rankings come the day before the conference commissioners who manage the playoff meet in Dallas for a pivotal gathering.

The management committee – comprised of the commissioners of the 10 FBS conferences and Notre Dame’s athletic director – has a self-imposed deadline to agree on how to expand the playoff.

The commissioners have been debating whether to triple the playoff field to 12 teams. For a new model to be in place by the 2024 season, a format would have to be approved by the CFP oversight committee of university presidents and chancellors by mid-January.

If the management committee cannot come to a consensus on the the size of the field at this meeting, it is likely that the soonest expansion could happen would be the 2026 season, after the current television rights contract with ESPN expires.

CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock has said multiple times a plan needs to be agreed upon and approved by January for early expansion to be feasible.

For now, though, the field is four and heading into conference championship weekend, the contenders appear to be down to six teams.

Here are their most direct paths to the playoff:

– Georgia (12-0). The Bulldogs look like a lock no matter what happens in the SEC championship game

– Michigan (11-1). Win and in.

– Alabama (11-1). Win and in, but could a close loss to the Bulldogs make the Tide the first team with two losses to make the field of four? Just how close would Alabama have to keep it?

– Cincinnati (12-0) is trying to become the first team from outside the Power Five conferences to make the playoff. Will staying undefeated be enough to keep the Bearcats from being passed by the team right behind them? There is no precedent here. No so-called Group of Five conference team has ever been close to playoff position entering championship weekend.

– Oklahoma State (11-1). The Cowboys are well positioned to benefit from any slip-ups in front of them.

The only time a 12-1 Power Five conference champion was left out of the CFP was in 2018, when Ohio State finished sixth in the committee’s final ranking behind two unbeaten P5 champs, unbeaten Notre Dame, 12-1 Big 12 champ Oklahoma and Georgia, which was 11-2 after losing by a touchdown to Alabama in the SEC title game.

Can Oklahoma State pass Cincinnati if both win Saturday?

– Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish need help and now have to also consider if the committee would dock them for not having a head coach.

LSU, KELLY AGREE TO 10-YEAR CONTRACT WORTH AT LEAST $95M

(AP) — LSU formally announced the hiring of Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly on Tuesday and said they have agreed to a 10-year contract worth $95 million plus incentives.

The hiring of Kelly – who has led Notre Dame for the past 12 seasons and eclipsed Knute Rockne for career victories with the storied Fighting Irish – came together on Monday night in yet another blockbuster coaching move in college football.

“Brian Kelly is the epitome of a winner,” LSU athletic director Scott Woodward said. “He has built and sustained success at every program he’s led, from multiple undefeated regular seasons and National Coach of the Year honors to (Division II) national titles and College Football Playoff berths. His credentials and consistency speak for themselves.”

Kelly replaces Ed Orgeron, a Louisiana native who won a national title at LSU just two seasons ago with Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Joe Burrow leading the Tigers to a 15-0 record. Orgeron has gone 11-11 since and agreed in October to a $17 million buyout that would have him step down at the end of this season.

Orgeron coached his final game last Saturday, when the Tigers upset then-No. 14 Texas A&M to finish the regular season 6-6.

Like Orgeron, Kelly is 60 but the similarities more or less end there. Orgeron is a Cajun raised in the shadow of shrimp trawlers on the Bayou Lafourche southwest of New Orleans. He was raised on LSU football and idolized the Tigers stars of the past.

Kelly came from an Irish-Catholic family in the Boston area and is bound to be far more familiar with using nut crackers to pick the meat our of a lobster claw than with sucking seasoned juices from the heads of boiled crawfish.

But he has recruited in Louisiana, where LSU gets much of its elite home-grown talent. In recent history, Louisiana has produced as much NFL talent per capita as any state.

“I could not be more excited to join a program with the commitment to excellence, rich traditions, and unrivaled pride and passion of LSU football,” Kelly said. “I am fully committed to recruiting, developing, and graduating elite student-athletes, winning championships, and working together with our administration to make Louisiana proud.

“Our potential is unlimited,” Kelly added. “I cannot wait to call Baton Rouge home.”

LSU scheduled a flight for Kelly to Baton Rouge on Tuesday, inviting fans to greet the coach at the airport, and set Kelly’s introductory media conference for Wednesday.

Kelly is 113-40 as a head coach, including a current run of five straight double-digit victory seasons.

No previous Notre Dame coach has left the Irish, winners of eight AP national championships, to take a job at another school since the AP poll started in 1936. Rockne’s successor, Hunk Anderson, went from Notre Dame to North Carolina State after going 3-5-1 in 1933.

Notre Dame (11-1) remains in contention to reach the College Football Playoff for the third time in the last four years.

LSU paid Orgeron nearly $9 million this season, making him among the highest paid coaches in college football along with Alabama’s Nick Saban, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher and, in the past month, Mel Tucker of Michigan State and James Franklin at Penn State. That list certainly now includes USC’s Lincoln Riley, who bolted Oklahoma over the weekend in the other big coaching move this week.

Orgeron was due to make an average of $7 million over the length of his six-year that ran through 2025. Kelly’s full salary at Notre Dame, a private school, is unknown but it was believed to be more than $5 million per year.

While Kelly has no personal ties to the South, neither did two of the past three national-title winning coaches at LSU. Les Miles, who won a title in the 2007 season, was a Michigan man who coached at Oklahoma State before replacing Saban in Baton Rouge. Saban, who won the BCS championship in the 2003 season, is a West Virginia native who came to LSU from Michigan State.

Kelly’s national titles have come at Division II Grand Valley State. He worked his way up from there to Central Michigan and then to Cincinnati, always winning more than the coaches who preceded him.

He did the same thing at Notre Dame, but the national championship has eluded him. As good as the Fighting Irish have been, they have not won it all since 1988 and have been outclassed in two College Football Playoff semifinals (in the 2018 season against Clemson and two years later against Alabama) and the BCS title game against the Crimson Tide in the 2012 season.

Kelly will now see Saban every season in the SEC West and try to fill the last remaining hole on his Hall of Fame resume at LSU, a school that has turned its last three coaches into national champions.

VIRGINIA TECH HIRES PENN STATE DC PRY AS NEXT HEAD COACH

(AP) — Virginia Tech hired Penn State defensive coordinator and former Bud Foster disciple Brent Pry as its next head coach.

The school made the announcement Tuesday, saying Pry will be introduced Thursday.

Pry has been with Penn State since 2014, first as co-defensive coordinator before becoming the defensive coordinator in 2016. Penn State has ranked in the top five in defense in the Big Ten every season since he’s been there.

He also has a history with the Hokies, having served as a graduate assistant working with the defensive line under coordinator Bud Foster from 1995-97. The Hokies went to bowl games each year and won the 1995 Sugar Bowl.

“Coach Pry owns a winning track record on the football field, as well as a history of developing young men into leaders off the field and in the classroom,” Babcock said in a statement released by the school.

“He’s earned his way up the coaching ranks, and we believe he is the right person to lead Virginia Tech Football and to achieve the goals that we all aspire to attaining. He and his staff will aggressively recruit our region to keep in-state recruits home and attract the talent necessary to win championships.”

Pry said the opportunity to return to Blacksburg is exciting not only for him but for his family.

“Even after I departed Blacksburg, I always continued to appreciate Virginia Tech, its great players, its championship teams, and its wonderful traditions from afar. The resources, facilities, university backing of Athletics, and phenomenal fan support that Virginia Tech enjoys made this a very desirable situation,” he said in a release. “But just as importantly, the opportunity to raise our children in a community like Blacksburg also has great appeal.”

Pry said J.C. Price, the Hokies interim coach after Justin Fuente left last week, will remain on his staff as associate head coach/defensive coach. Price also will continue to serve as head coach through Virginia Tech’s bowl game.

Fuente left Virginia Tech earlier this month after he went 43-31 in six seasons with the Hokies. Informed in a meeting with Babcock that his return was not certain, the sides parted ways immediately.

Under interim Price, a former Virginia Tech defensive lineman, the Hokies lost 38-26 at Miami, but rebounded to beat Virginia 29-24. It was their 17th victory in the last 18 meeting and secured their 28th bowl eligibility in 29 years.

AP SOURCE: JAGUARS’ MEYER HAS NO PLANS TO RETURN TO COLLEGE

(AP) — Urban Meyer has no interest in coaching college football again.

A person familiar with Meyer’s thinking said the 57-year-old coach is fully committed to the Jacksonville Jaguars and has no plans to return to college football. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because Meyer has yet to make his plans public.

The NCAA’s one-time transfer rule, the burgeoning transfer portal and outside compensation for the use of an athlete’s name, image and likeness have altered college football dramatically since Meyer stepped down at Ohio State following the 2018 season.

Meyer shot down speculation about leaving the NFL for Southern California after the Trojans fired coach Clay Helton in September, and his name was immediately linked to Notre Dame on Monday after coach Brian Kelly bolted for LSU. Meyer spent five years (1996-2000) as receivers coach in South Bend, Indiana, and even called the Fighting Irish a “dream job” while he was at Florida in 2008.

Meyer, widely considered one of the betting favorites to get hired at Notre Dame, was scheduled to address media in Los Angeles later Tuesday as the Jaguars (2-9) prepare to travel cross-country and play the Rams (7-4) this weekend.

The Trojans hired Lincoln Riley away from Oklahoma on Monday. Meyer said earlier this season “there’s no chance” he would take the USC job. He insisted he’s in Jacksonville for the long haul.

“I’m here and committed to try to build an organization,” Meyer said at the time.

No one expected it to be the last time Meyer’s name would be connected to a collegiate job opening. After all, he found success at every stop in his three-plus decades in the college ranks. He built winners at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State. He won two national championships with the Gators (2006, 2008) and another with the Buckeyes (2014).

He stepped down after the 2018 season and spent two years working as a college football analyst at Fox Sports. Jaguars owner Shad Khan persuaded him to return to the sideline in an effort to deliver a consistent contender in Jacksonville.

So far, little has gone right for Meyer. Although the Jaguars ended a 20-game losing streak in London in October, they have dropped three in a row and have scored just 57 points in their last five games.

OHIO STATE ICES OUT NO. 1 DUKE IN FINAL MINUTES, WINS 71-66

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State’s resiliency was too much for top-ranked Duke to handle.

Zed Key scored a career-high 20 points and Ohio State held No. 1 Duke scoreless for the final 4 1/2 minutes, completing a rally from a 15-point second-half deficit to beat the Blue Devils 71-66 on Tuesday night.

E.J. Liddell hit two free throws with 1:06 remaining to give the Buckeyes (5-2) their first lead since early in the first half, and his jumper made it 69-66 with 16 seconds left. Duke freshman star Paolo Banchero missed a tying 3-pointer, and Cedric Russell got the rebound and closed it out at the free-throw line. Ohio State fans stormed the court as time expired.

“I thought our ability to stay with it was really important,” Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. “Players win games, and we had a number of guys make plays down the stretch.”

The Blue Devils (7-1) claimed the top spot in this week’s AP Top 25 poll – a stay that could be brief – after beating then-No. 1 Gonzaga in Las Vegas. Ohio State improved to 2-1 against ranked foes this year with its fourth straight game decided in the final minutes.

Liddell finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Ohio State, which beat the No. 1 team in the country for the second straight time on its home court. The Buckeyes knocked off Michigan State 80-64 on Jan. 7, 2018.

“We’ve had some really dramatic games here, and I don’t think that’s ending anytime soon,” Holtmann said. “So if you think the tough games are over, we have another really, really challenge Sunday night (at Penn State). That’s the challenge in front of us right now. “

Wendell Moore Jr. led the Blue Devils with 17 points and Banchero finished with 14.

Duke led by 13 points at halftime and extended that advantage to 49-34 early in the second half. Moore’s layup with 5:19 remaining made it 65-57, and Trevor Keels made a free throw with 4:29 left.

The Blue Devils didn’t score again, missing their last six shots as Ohio State closed the game with a 12-0 run. Duke endured a 1-for-14 stretch earlier in the half, allowing the Buckeyes to draw closer.

“When not getting the stops, we weren’t able to lengthen the lead a couple times,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “They just stayed right in there.”

Ohio State took an early 13-7 lead but Duke responded with a 13-2 run. The Blue Devils shot 52.9% in the first half.

RED HOT FINISH

Despite multiple stretches of two-plus minutes without a score in the second half, the Buckeyes closed the game by making their last four free throws and three shot attempts, while Duke didn’t land any field goals in the final 5:18.

“We really dug in on the defensive side of things,” Russell said. “It just felt good to come out on top, especially at home.”

RUSSELL HAS HIS MOMENT

Entering the night, Russell had scored just three points in his brief Buckeyes career since transferring from Louisiana.

On Tuesday, he more than quadrupled his total. Russell shot 75% from the floor and a perfect 3 of 3 from beyond the arc, including the 3-pointer that pulled the Buckeyes within two with 2:32 remaining.

“It was a bunch of emotions, but I didn’t give up on myself,” Russell said.

TAKEAWAY TROUBLE

Ohio State committed 12 turnovers while forcing a season-low seven. The Blue Devils capitalized for 15 points off their extra possessions.

BIG PICTURE

Duke: Moore and Banchero, Duke’s leading scorers coming in, were solid, shooting a combined 11 for 29, but they came up empty when it mattered most.

“I thought we were worn out at the end,” Krzyzewski said.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes had 12 turnovers and shot 50% (11 of 22) at the free-throw line, areas they will have to clean up before beginning Big Ten play this weekend.

UP NEXT

Duke: Hosts South Carolina State on Dec. 14.

Ohio State: At Penn State on Sunday.

SUNS WIN 17TH STRAIGHT BY BEATING WARRIORS 104-96

PHOENIX (AP) Mikal Bridges and Deandre Ayton were all smiles at the postgame podium, reminiscing about a four-year turnaround for the Phoenix Suns that’s in some ways still hard to believe.

The Suns won just 19 games during their rookie seasons. Now, they’ve tied a franchise record with 17 wins – in a row.

Ayton scored 24 points, Chris Paul added 15 points and 11 assists, and the Suns won their 17th straight by beating the Golden State Warriors 104-96 on Tuesday night in an early showdown between the NBA’s top teams.

“It’s just a lot of work, a lot of mental toughness, staying with it,” Bridges said. “We knew when we first got here that we wanted to turn it around.”

The Suns won despite losing star guard Devin Booker to a left hamstring injury in the second quarter. He had 10 points and two rebounds in 15 minutes. The 25-year-old appeared to get hurt when driving to the basket for a layup, grabbing at the back of his left leg before walking to the locker room a few minutes before halftime.

Suns coach Monty Williams said postgame that he didn’t have an immediate update on Booker. The two-time All-Star came back to the bench for the second half, cheering on his teammates.

Even without Booker, the Suns led 56-54 at halftime and 80-78 going into the fourth quarter. The game stayed tight, and neither team led by double digits until Landry Shamet knocked down a 3-pointer – on an assist by Paul – with 54.4 seconds left.

“To me, this was just will and toughness,” Williams said.

The win was another milestone for the Suns, who have thrived with the young core of Ayton, Bridges and Booker. The final key piece came when they added Paul – an 11-time All-Star – before last season. Phoenix made the NBA Finals in July before losing to the Milwaukee Bucks, and now they’re on a winning streak that’s lasted more than month.

The two teams play again Friday night at Golden State.

Tuesday’s game was a highly anticipated showdown, as the Suns and Warriors have NBA’s best records. It was also the first time in league history that two teams from the same division played each other with winning percentages of .850 or higher after at least 20 regular-season games, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

The game mostly lived up to the hype – at least until the Warriors, who had their seven-game winning streak snapped, went cold in the fourth quarter.

Jordan Poole led Golden State with 28 points. Stephen Curry – who came into the game averaging 28.6 points per game – had 12 points on 4 of 21 shooting, including 3 of 14 from 3-point range.

“With all of the mistakes we did have and how terrible I shot the ball, it was a close game down the stretch,” Curry said. “I know Booker got hurt, but yes, it was a good learning lesson for us. Understanding the intensity and the focus we need to beat a team like that.”

The Suns limited the Warriors to just 42 points in the second half. The Warriors also had 22 turnovers.

The Suns and Warriors are now both 18-3. The only other time Phoenix has won 17 straight games was during the 2006-07 season. They’ll go for their franchise record 18th win against the Pistons on Thursday.

The Suns haven’t lost since Oct. 27 when Harrison Barnes hit a game-winning 3 at the buzzer for the Sacramento Kings.

TOUGH T

Williams got a technical foul in the fourth quarter when he ran onto the court following a 3-pointer by Jae Crowder. The triple had extended the Phoenix lead to 99-91 with only a few minutes remaining, so it was understandable why the coach would celebrate during the timeout.

The problem was Golden State coach Steve Kerr never called a time out.

TIP-INS

Warriors: F Andre Iguadola (right knee), G Damion Lee (personal), G Klay Thompson (right Achilles recovery) and C James Wiseman (right knee recovery) didn’t play. … F Andrew Wiggins was bothered by back spasms earlier Tuesday but played. He finished with 10 points in 33:18 minutes. … The Warriors lost despite a 51-35 rebounding advantage and leading 40-14 on points in the paint.

Suns: F/C Frank Kaminsky (right knee), F Abdel Nader (right knee) and F Dario Saric (right knee) didn’t play. … Booker hasn’t missed a game this season. He was averaging nearly 24 points per game before Tuesday. … Cam Johnson started the second half for Booker and finished with 14 points. … Ayton finished 11 of 19 from the field and also had 11 rebounds.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Host the Suns on Saturday.

Suns: Host the Pistons on Thursday night.

MLB, UNION MAKE LITTLE PROGRESS AHEAD OF CBA DEADLINE

IRVING, Texas (AP) Major League Baseball appeared headed to its first work stoppage in 26 years after a pair of brief negotiating sessions Tuesday led to little or no progress.

The sport’s five-year collective bargaining agreement expires at 11:59 p.m. EST Wednesday, and management is expected to follow with a lockout of the Major League Baseball Players Association.

MLB executive vice president Dan Halem and Bruce Meyer, the union’s senior director collective bargaining and legal, headed talks that took place at the site of the union’s annual executive board meeting. Seven owners also were on hand for two sessions at the hotel, departing the first one to go to their own location after getting a proposal from the union. Dozens of players also were there.

At one point in the afternoon, Halem and Meyer broke off for a smaller meeting that included free agent pitcher Andrew Miller, a member of the union’s eight-man executive subcommittee, and Dick Monfort, the Colorado Rockies CEO who chairs MLB’s labor policy committee.

Players and owners met as a group for a little more than a half-hour later Tuesday.

Major League Baseball hasn’t had a work stoppage since 1994-95. More than a billion dollars worth of contracts have been agreed to in recent days as players and teams try to get deals done before a possible signing freeze that could accompany a lockout.

AP SOURCE: TIGERS, BÁEZ AGREE TO $140 MILLION, 6-YEAR DEAL

(AP) — Javier Baez is taking his high motor to Motor City.

Baez has agreed to a $140 million, six-year contract with Detroit, giving the Tigers a dynamic bat for the middle of their order.

Baez, who turns 29 on Wednesday, hit .265 with 31 homers and 87 RBIs in 138 games with the Cubs and Mets this season. The move likely puts Baez back at shortstop after he finished the year at second base while playing alongside good friend Francisco Lindor in New York.

The contract is pending a physical, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized.

Baez and Detroit reached an agreement right before what likely will be Major League Baseball’s first work stoppage since 1995. The five-year collective bargaining agreement expires at 11:59 p.m. EST Wednesday, and owners are expected to lock out the players if the sides can’t reach a new labor deal in time.

Detroit had been looking for a shortstop since it went 77-85 this season, finishing third in the AL Central behind Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox.

Looking to build around a young core that includes pitcher Casey Mize and slugger Spencer Torkelson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 amateur draft, the Tigers also traded for catcher Tucker Barnhart and signed left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez to a $77 million, five-year contract in free agency.

Baez was selected by the Cubs with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft. The two-time All-Star made his big league debut in 2014, quickly becoming one of baseball’s most popular players with his big-time power, slick defense and aggressive baserunning.

In his first full season in the majors in 2016, Baez helped the Cubs win it all for their first championship since 1908. He batted .290 with 34 homers and 111 RBIs in 2018, finishing second to Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich in voting for NL MVP.

Baez was traded to New York on July 30 in a deal that shipped promising minor league outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong to Chicago. Baez ran afoul of Mets fans when he criticized them for booing the team, but their relationship turned around when he put together a strong finish.

Baez, who also can play third base, batted .299 with nine homers and 22 RBIs in 47 games with New York. There was talk about a possible return, but the Mets remain in search of infield help after Baez decided to join the improved Tigers.

BRAVES EXERCISE 2024 OPTION FOR MANAGER BRIAN SNITKER

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have locked up manager Brian Snitker for three more seasons after he guided the team to its first World Series title since 1995.

The Braves announced Tuesday they have exercised the option for the 2024 season on Snitker’s contract, an expected move for the highly popular skipper who already had two more years on his current deal.

The 66-year-old Snitker is a Braves lifer, having spent more than four decades in the organization in various roles before he finally landed the big league managing job during the 2016 season after Fredi Gonzalez was fired.

Snitker has guided the Braves to four straight NL East titles, capped by this season’s surprising run to the World Series championship after the club went 88-73 during the regular season – the fewest wins of any postseason team.

The Braves upset Milwaukee in the division round, knocked off the 106-win Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series, and defeated the Houston Astros in a six-game World Series.

Snitker has a record of 441-390 in six seasons as manager.

ALL-BIG 10 FOOTBALL AWARDS ANNOUNCED

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the 2021 All-Big Ten football honorees on defense and special teams on Tuesday live on the Big Ten Network’s “B1G Today” program. A total of 60 student-athletes were named to either of the All-Big Ten teams selected by the coaches and media, while another 62 student-athletes were awarded honorable mention status.
 
The Big Ten also recognized 14 Sportsmanship Award honorees. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These student-athletes must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

The Big Ten postseason awards are voted on by conference coaches and a select media panel and honors teams, coaches and students with individual awards that each bear the names of one or two former standouts. The Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian and Ford-Kinnick Leadership awards were announced Monday.

2021 Big Ten Individual Award Winners

Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian Award: Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State

Named for Minnesota’s Tony Dungy and Indiana’s Anthony Thompson

Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award: Pat Richter, Wisconsin

Named for Michigan’s Gerald Ford and Iowa’s Nile Kinnick

Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year: Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan

Named for Minnesota’s Bronko Nagurski and Michigan’s Charles Woodson

Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (coaches vote): Mel Tucker, Michigan State

Named for Ohio State’s Woody Hayes and Michigan’s Bo Schembechler

Dave McClain Coach of the Year (media vote): Mel Tucker, Michigan State

Named for Wisconsin’s Dave McClain

Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year: Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan

Named for Michigan State’s Bubba Smith and Penn State’s Courtney Brown

Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year: Leo Chenal, Wisconsin

Named for Illinois’ Dick Butkus and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald

Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year: Riley Moss, Iowa

Named for Ohio State’s Jack Tatum and Purdue’s Rod Woodson

Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year: Jake Moody, Michigan

Named for Wisconsin’s Jim Bakken and Michigan State’s Morten Andersen

Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year: Jordan Stout, Penn State

Named for Illinois’ Dike Eddleman and Michigan State’s Brandon Fields

Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year: Charlie Jones, Iowa

Named for Nebraska’s Johnny Rodgers and Iowa’s Tim Dwight

2020 All-Big Ten Football Team
As selected by Big Ten coaches*

OFFENSE             FIRST TEAM       SECOND TEAM             THIRD TEAM

Quarterback JUSTIN FIELDS, OHIO STATE Michael Penix Jr., Indiana Peyton Ramsey, Northwestern
Running Back Tyler Goodson, Iowa Stevie Scott III, Indiana Jake Funk, Maryland
Running Back Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota Master Teague, Ohio State Zander Horvath, Purdue
Receiver Chris Olave, Ohio State Ty Fryfogle, Indiana Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
Receiver Garrett Wilson, Ohio State David Bell, Purdue Jahan Dotson, Penn State
Center Josh Myers, Ohio State Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa Michal Menet, Penn State
Guard Kendrick Green, Illinois Cole Banwart, Iowa Harry Miller, Ohio State
Guard Wyatt Davis, Ohio State Mike Miranda, Penn State Logan Bruss, Wisconsin
Tackle Alaric Jackson, Iowa Nicholas Petit-Frere, Ohio State Peter Skoronski, Northwestern
Tackle Thayer Munford, Ohio State Will Fries, Penn State
Tackle Cole Van Lanen, Wisconsin
Tight End Pat Freiermuth, Penn State Jake Ferguson, Wisconsin Peyton Hendershot, Indiana

DEFENSE             FIRST TEAM       SECOND TEAM             THIRD TEAM
Line Chauncey Golston, Iowa Owen Carney, Illinois Garrett Haskell, Ohio State
Line Daviyon Nixon, Iowa Jerome Johnson, Indiana Jonathon Cooper, Ohio State
Line Jayson Oweh, Penn State Zach VanValkenburg, Iowa
Line Shaka Toney, Penn State Zach Harrison, Ohio State
Line Tommy Togiai, Ohio State
Line George Karlaftis, Purdue
Linebacker Micah McFadden, Indiana Blake Gallagher, Northwestern Jake Hansen, Illinois
Linebacker Paddy Fisher, Northwestern Derrick Barnes, Purdue Nick Niemann, Iowa
Linebacker Pete Werner, Ohio State Olakunle Fatukasi, Rutgers Antjuan Simmons, Michigan State
Linebacker Baron Browning, Ohio State
Defensive Back Shakur Brown, Michigan State Jamar Johnson, Indiana Devon Matthews, Indiana
Defensive Back Brandon Joseph, Northwestern Tiawan Mullen, Indiana Jack Koerner, Iowa
Defensive Back Greg Newsome II, Northwestern Jaylin Williams, Indiana Jaquan Brisker, Penn State
Defensive Back Shaun Wade, Ohio State Cam Taylor-Britt, Nebraska Tre Avery, Rutgers
Defensive Back Caesar Williams, Wisconsin

SPECIAL TEAMS     FIRST TEAM      SECOND TEAM           THIRD TEAM
Kicker Connor Culp, Nebraska Charles Campbell, Indiana Keith Duncan, Iowa
Punter Tory Taylor, Iowa Drue Chrisman, Ohio State Adam Korsak, Rutgers
Return Specialist Aron Cruickshank, Rutgers Charlie Jones, Iowa Giles Jackson, Michigan
Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees: Blake Hayes, ILL; Michael Ziemba, IND; Mekhi Sargent, IOWA; Brian
Cobbs, MD; Carlo Kemp, MICH; Antjuan Simmons, MSU; Casey O’Brien, MINN; Collin Miller, NEB; Jesse Brown, NU;
Jonathon Cooper, OSU; Will Fries, PSU; Derrick Barnes, PUR; Billy Taylor, RU; Isaiahh Loudermilk, WIS.

OFFENSE      HONORABLE MENTION
ILLINOIS: Chase Brown, Mike Epstein, Doug Kramer, Vederian Lowe; INDIANA: Whop Philyor, Harry Crider;
IOWA: Mekhi Sargent, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Cody Ince, Kyler Schott, Sam LaPorta; MARYLAND: Jaelyn Duncan;
MICHIGAN: Hassan Haskins, Andrew Stueber; MINNESOTA: Tanner Morgan, John Michael Schmitz, Conner Olson,
Blaise Andries, Sam Schlueter; NEBRASKA: Wan’Dale Robinson, Matt Farniok, Brenden Jaimes; NORTHWESTERN:
John Raine; OHIO STATE: Trey Sermon, Luke Farrell, Jeremy Ruckert; PENN STATE: Rasheed Walker; PURDUE:
Rondale Moore, Gus Hartwig, Spencer Holstege, Grant Hermanns, Payne Durham; RUTGERS: Bo Melton, Reggie
Sutton; WISCONSIN: Mason Stokke, Tyler Beach.

DEFENSE        HONORABLE MENTION
ILLINOIS: Roderick Perry; INDIANA: Cam Jones; IOWA: Dane Belton, Riley Moss; MARYLAND: Mo Kite, Chance
Campbell, Nick Cross, Tarheeb Still; MICHIGAN: Kwity Paye, Carlo Kemp, Daxton Hill; MICHIGAN STATE: Drew
Beesley; MINNESOTA: Boye Mafe, Coney Durr; NEBRASKA: Will Honas, Ben Stille, JoJo Domann, Deontai
Williams, Marquel Dismuke; NORTHWESTERN: Eku Leota, Earnest Brown IV, Chris Bergin; OHIO STATE: Tyreke
Smith, Tuf Borland, Sevyn Banks, Marcus Hooker, Josh Proctor, Marcus Williamson; PENN STATE: PJ Mustipher,
Antonio Shelton, Brandon Smith, Tariq Castro-Fields, Joey Porter, Lamont Wade; PURDUE: Lorenzo Neal, Jaylan
Alexander, Cam Allen; RUTGERS: Julius Turner, Michael Dwumfour, Mike Tverdov, Brendon White, Christian Izien;
WISCONSIN: Isaiahh Loudermilk, Leo Chenal, Jack Sanborn, Eric Burrell, Faion Hicks.

SPECIAL TEAMS         HONORABLE MENTION
ILLINOIS: James McCourt, Blake Hayes; INDIANA: Haydon Whitehead, Reese Taylor; IOWA: Ihmir Smith-Marsette;
MICHIGAN: Brad Robbins; MICHIGAN STATE: Matt Coghlin; NORTHWESTERN: Charlie Kuhbander, Derek Adams;
PENN STATE: Jahan Dotson; PURDUE: J.D. Dellinger; WISCONSIN: Andy Vujnovich.

2020 All-Big Ten Football Team
As selected by conference media

OFFENSE              FIRST TEAM                      SECOND TEAM                    THIRD TEAM
Quarterback Justin Fields, Ohio State Michael Penix Jr., Indiana Peyton Ramsey Northwestern
Running Back Tyler Goodson, Iowa Stevie Scott III, Indiana Chase Brown, Illinois
Running Back MOHAMED IBRAHIM, MINNESOTA Master Teague, Ohio State Zander Horvath, Purdue
Receiver Ty Fryfogle, Indiana Chris Olave, Ohio State Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
Receiver David Bell, Purdue Garrett Wilson, Ohio State Jahan Dotson, Penn State
Center Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa Josh Myers, Ohio State Michal Menet, Penn State
Guard Kendrick Green, Illinois Cole Banwart, Iowa Conner Olson, Minnesota
Guard Wyatt Davis, Ohio State Mike Miranda, Penn State Logan Bruss, Wisconsin
Tackle Alaric Jackson, Iowa Peter Skoronski, Northwestern Blaise Andries, Minnesota
Tackle Thayer Munford, Ohio State Cole Van Lanen, Wisconsin Rasheed Walker, Penn State
Tight End Jake Ferguson, Wisconsin Pat Freiermuth, Penn State Peyton Hendershot, Indiana

DEFENSE       FIRST TEAM            SECOND TEAM            THIRD TEAM
Line Jerome Johnson, Indiana Owen Carney, Illinois Eku Leota, Northwestern
Line Chauncey Golston, Iowa Zach VanValkenburg, Iowa Jonathon Cooper, Ohio State
Line Daviyon Nixon, Iowa Kwity Paye, Michigan Isaiahh Loudermilk, Wisconsin
Line Shaka Toney, Penn State Tommy Togiai, Ohio State
Line Jayson Oweh, Penn State
Linebacker Micah McFadden, Indiana Jake Hansen, Illinois Pete Werner, Ohio State
Linebacker Paddy Fisher, Northwestern Antjuan Simmons, Michigan State Derrick Barnes, Purdue
Linebacker Olakunle Fatukasi, Rutgers Blake Gallagher, Northwestern Jack Sanborn, Wisconsin
Defensive Back Jamar Johnson, Indiana Jaylin Williams, Indiana Devon Matthews, Indiana
Defensive Back Tiawan Mullen, Indiana Jack Koerner, Iowa Joey Porter, Penn State
Defensive Back Brandon Joseph, Northwestern Shakur Brown, Michigan State Lamont Wade, Penn State
Defensive Back Greg Newsome II, Northwestern Tre Avery, Rutgers
Defensive Back Shaun Wade, Ohio State

SPECIAL TEAMS  FIRST TEAM            SECOND TEAM          THIRD TEAM
Kicker Connor Culp, Nebraska Charles Campbell, Indiana Keith Duncan, Iowa
Punter Tory Taylor, Iowa Adam Korsak, Rutgers Blake Hayes, Illinois
Return Specialist Aron Cruickshank, Rutgers Giles Jackson, Michigan Charlie Jones, Iowa

SPECIAL TEAMS HONORABLE MENTION
ILLINOIS: James McCourt; INDIANA: Haydon Whitehead, Reese Taylor; IOWA: Ihmir Smith-Marsette; MICHIGAN:
Brad Robbins; MICHIGAN STATE: Matt Coghlin, Jayden Reed; NORTHWESTERN: Charlie Kuhbander, Derek Adams;
OHIO STATE: Drue Chrisman; PENN STATE: Jahan Dotson; PURDUE: J.D. Dellinger.

DEFENSE HONORABLE MENTION
ILLINOIS: Roderick Perry; INDIANA: Cam Jones; IOWA: Nick Niemann, Seth Benson, Riley Moss, Matt Hankins, Dane
Belton; MARYLAND: Mo Kite, Chance Campbell, Tarheeb Still, Nick Cross; MICHIGAN: Michael Barrett, Daxton Hill,
Brad Hawkins; MICHIGAN STATE: Drew Beesley; MINNESOTA: Boye Mafe, Coney Durr; NEBRASKA: Ben Stille,
JoJo Domann, Will Honas, Cam Taylor-Britt, Dicaprio Bootle, Deontai Williams, Marquel Dismuke; NORTHWESTERN:
Earnest Brown IV, Chris Bergin, JR Pace; OHIO STATE: Garrett Haskell, Zach Harrison, Tyreke Smith, Tuf Borland,
Baron Browning, Sevyn Banks, Marcus Hooker; PENN STATE: PJ Mustipher, Antonio Shelton, Brandon Smith, Jaquan
Brisker, Tariq Castro-Fields; PURDUE: George Karlaftis, Lorenzo Neal, Cam Allen, Brennan Thieneman; RUTGERS:
Julius Turner, Michael Dwumfour, Mike Tverdov, Tyshon Fogg, Avery Young, Christian Izien; WISCONSIN: Leo Chenal,
Faion Hicks, Caesar Williams, Eric Burrell.

OFFENSE HONORABLE MENTION
ILLINOIS: Mike Epstein, Doug Kramer, Vederian Lowe; INDIANA: Whop Philyor, Harry Crider; IOWA: Spencer
Petras, Mekhi Sargent, Cody Ince, Kyler Schott, Mark Kallenberger, Sam LaPorta, Shaun Beyer; MARYLAND: Taulia
Tagovailoa, Jake Funk, Dontay Demus, Rakim Jarrett, Johnny Jordan, Jaelyn Duncan; MICHIGAN: Hassan Haskins
MINNESOTA: Tanner Morgan, John Michael Schmitz, Sam Schlueter; NEBRASKA: Matt Farniok, Brenden Jaimes;
NORTHWESTERN: Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman, John Raine; OHIO STATE: Trey Sermon, Harry Miller, Nicholas
Petit-Frere; PENN STATE: Will Fries; PURDUE: Rondale Moore, Gus Hartwig, Spencer Holstege, Grant Hermanns,
Greg Long; RUTGERS: Bo Melton, Raiqwon O’Neal.

(TOP INDIANA NEWS AND RELEASES)

NO. 2 PURDUE ROLLS PAST FLORIDA STATE IN BIG TEN / ACC CHALLENGE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — One day after matching the highest ranking in school history, No. 2 Purdue wanted to show it’s second to none.

Jaden Ivey scored 18 points and matched his career high with four 3-pointers, Brandon Newman added 13 points, and Purdue overwhelmed Florida State 93-65 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday night.

“I give coach (Matt) Painter a lot of credit for assembling the most complete team I’ve played against in a long time,” Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton said. “Sometimes, you’ve got to call it like it is — this team has Final Four written all over it.”

Perhaps this will be the squad that ends Purdue’s 41-year Final Four drought. It’s certainly been a different kind of start.

Purdue improved to 7-0 for the first time since 2015-16 and the seventh time since 1940. The Boilermakers have shot 50% or better in all seven games this season, their longest streak since an eight-game span in February and March 1987. And with a little help, they just might ascend to the first No. 1 ranking in school history.

“I thought our ability to make some shots and then blend in some post-ups was big,” Painter said. “Any time we can have that complement of good decision-making, making 3s and using our size, we’re going to put people in some binds.”

Losing starting guard RayQuan Evans and starting center Tanor Ngom didn’t help Florida State. Ngom sat out with a right knee injury and Evans was in Montana to attend the funeral for his brother, Tye Oldelk Lafranier, who died Nov. 20 from a rare and aggressive form of leukemia.

But Hamilton didn’t think it would have made any difference Tuesday.

Florida State (5-2) was led by Caleb Mills with 22 points and John Butler with 10 as its four-game winning streak ended.

It didn’t take Purdue long to take control on the way to its seventh straight home win in the annual clash between the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Boilermakers started pulling away with an early 6-0 run, later scored eight straight to make it 27-14 midway through the first half and headed to the locker room with a 48-32 advantage.

Florida State slashed the deficit to 59-51 with 11:43 left, but the Boilermakers answered with 12 straight points to make it 71-51 and continued pulling away over the final 8 1/2 minutes.

“I think it just comes from all the hard work we put in in practice and buying in to what the coaches tell us,” Ivey said. “Then when the game comes, it’s executing perfectly. I think it we do that we can be a really good team. We already are.”

BIG PICTURE

Florida State: Hamilton’s young team couldn’t match the Boilermakers’ size, talent or maturity. But he’s optimistic the Seminoles will improve. For now, the goal is to get sharper before they open Atlantic Coast Conference play on Saturday.

Purdue: The Boilermakers haven’t played the toughest schedule in America. But they’ve topped the 90-point mark six times, have five wins by 24 or more points and victories over North Carolina, Villanova and now Florida State — with more chances to improve an already strong resume.

WALKING THE HALL

Hours before Purdue took the court, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame announced Boilermakers coach Matt Painter would be part of next year’s induction class. The ceremony is scheduled for March 23.

In 17 seasons with the Boilermakers, Painter has won 356 games, taken Purdue to 12 NCAA Tournaments and reached the Sweet 16 five times. He’s also won three Big Ten regular-season crowns and one league tournament title.

STAT PACK

Florida State: The Seminoles lost for the first time in the five-game series and in their first trip to Mackey Arena. … Florida State was outrebounded 36-25, outscored 38-26 in the paint and only attempted six free throws. … The Seminoles haven’t beaten top-five team since the 2019 ACC Tournament semifinals against then-No. 2 Virginia, which went on to win that year’s national title.

Purdue: Sasha Stefanovic made three 3s and finished with 11 points and eight assists. … Zach Edey and Isaiah Thompson each scored 12 points. … Purdue is 14-4 all-time when ranked No. 2 and a Big Ten-best 12-9 in the Challenge.

(Postgame Notes)

Purdue improved to 7-0 with a 93-65 win over Florida State in the Big Ten / ACC Challenge held in front of 14,804 fans at Mackey Arena.

The win was Purdue’s first in five tries ever against Florida State. The 0-4 previous record marked the most games against a single opponent without a Purdue victory.

Purdue improved to a Big Ten-best 12-9 in the Big Ten / ACC Challenge. Purdue has won seven straight home games in the Challenge by a combined 114 points (16.3 PPG).

Purdue is 7-0 for just the seventh time since 1940, and the first since the 2015-16 season.

Purdue is 3-0 against teams ranked in the KenPom Top 50.

Purdue has won 10 straight games at Mackey Arena and 12 straight against non-conference opponents. The 12 wins have come by an average of 32.1 points per game.

Over its last 100 games at Mackey Arena, Purdue is now 90-10.

Since 2015-16, Purdue became the 13th team to win 150 games.

Purdue has trailed for a total of 22 minutes, 53 seconds in seven games this season.

Purdue has had five players in double figures in four of seven games this season. Seven players scored at least eight points in the win over Florida State.

The Boilermakers’ 28-point margin of victory was the 9th-largest margin in Big Ten / ACC Challenge history, while the 59.3 field goal percentage was the fifth-best percentage in Challenge history.

Purdue shot 59.3 percent from the field while scoring 93 points. Purdue is the only team in the last decade (at any point of the season) to score 80 or more points on 50+ percent field goal percentage and 35+ percent 3-point percentage in seven straight games. Just three teams in the last 20 seasons have done that (2009-10 Syracuse; 2004-05 North Carolina).

Purdue’s 59.3 field goal percentage was a season high and Purdue has scored 90+ points in six of seven games this season.

Purdue’s seven straight games of shooting 50 percent or better is the second-longest streak in school history (eight straight in Feb. 1987).

For the season, Purdue is now shooting 54.5 percent from the field, 44.2 percent from 3-point range and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Boilermakers are also the current leader in offensive efficiency by KenPom.com.

Purdue’s centers of Zach Edey and Trevion Williams scored a season-low 20 combined points.

Sasha Stefanovic tied P.J. Thompson for 15th place on the school’s career 3-pointers made list (161). He added a career-high eight assists. Over the last four games, Stefanovic is averaging 12.3 points and 6.8 assists per game.

Jaden Ivey tied a career high with four made 3-pointers. Over the last four games, Ivey is 10-of-18 from 3-point range and is now at 13-of-30 (.433) from long distance.

PAINTER TO BE INDUCTED INTO INDIANA BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame has announced that Purdue head coach Matt Painter will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the organization’s 60th class.

The induction class will be honored in a ceremony to held at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on March 23, 2022.

Painter has earned national acclaim during his tenure as head men’s basketball coach at Purdue University.  In his 17th season as head coach in West Lafayette, the Boilermakers have five Sweet 16 appearances, 12 NCAA Tournament berths, three Big Ten regular-season championships and a Big Ten Tournament title.

Entering the 2021-22 season, he is the third-winningest coach in Purdue history with a 355-184 (.659) mark and a 380-189 (.668) career record, which includes one season leading Southern Illinois.  At the time of this announcement (Nov. 30, 2021), Painter’s current team is ranked No. 2 in the nation with a 6-0 record, tying the highest ranking in Purdue basketball history.

The 2019 NABC National Coach of the Year, he has been named the Big Ten Coach of the Year more than any other active coach, receiving the recognition four times, ranking tied for third in league history with the four accolades.

Painter is a 1993 graduate of Purdue, he was a senior captain and remains among the program leaders in career assists. His prep career at Delta High School included school records in career scoring (1,497) and assists. As a senior, he set Delta’s record for single-season scoring, averaging 27.7 points along with 9.6 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game, leading the Eagles to a 21-4 record, a sectional championship and his selection as a 1989 Indiana All-Star.

INDIANA FALLS TO SYRACUSE IN DOUBLE OVERTIME

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Sometimes, you refuse to lose.

Sometimes, if you’re the Indiana Hoosiers, on the verge of a road blow out defeat, you find a way.

That it didn’t produce a victory Tuesday night at Syracuse’s Carrier Dome, that overcoming 25 turnovers was just too much in a 112-110 double-overtime loss, didn’t diminish the effort.

“We kept fighting,” coach Mike Woodson told Voice of the Hoosiers Don Fischer during the post-game radio show. “We made great plays coming down the stretch to get into the overtime. They just had the final play that cost us, or we’d probably still be playing.”

A game that featured 10 ties and eight lead changes came down to the final eight tenths of a second, when Syracuse’s Joseph Girard made two free throws to snap a 110-110 tie created by Miller Kopp’s three free throws seven seconds earlier.

“Everyone in there is a fighter,” forward Trayce Jackson-Davis said. “We’re not going down unless we’re swinging.”

Jackson-Davis played to his All-America status with 31 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks. Not even a bruised knee suffered late in regulation could sideline him for long.

“We knew when we went over there that he had just banged knees,” Woodson told Fischer. “That was a relief. He was able to go out for a few minutes, regroup and come back for us.”

Kopp, who played 48 of a possible 50 minutes, scored a career-high 28 points with four three-pointers. Parker Stewart added 20 points with six three-pointers. Race Thompson had 17 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.

Three Hoosiers fouled out — Xavier Johnson, Rob Phinisee and Stewart.

IU (6-1) lost for the first time under Woodson. That included last August’s pair of exhibition victories in the Bahamas.

“It’s a great group of guys who like to compete,” Woodson told Fischer. “They’re a little down right now. It’s the first loss we’ve had since we’ve been together as a unit.”

He paused to consider what was next — Saturday’s Big Ten opener at home against Nebraska.

“We have to put this one behind us, learn from it and get ready for Nebraska,” he told Fischer.

Syracuse (4-3) arrived with losses in three of its last four games, and a vulnerable defense despite its fearsome 2-3 zone reputation. Still, it surged to a 49-33 halftime lead.

In the second half, IU went offensively simple, defensively nasty and thrived. It won the next 20 minutes, 55-39.

At one point, it made 10 straight shots and 12 of 13.

It was almost enough.

“This team has been fighting since we got together,” Woodson told Fischer. “We had our chances, but they made the final play to secure the win.”

In the first half, Buddy and Jimmy Boeheim rocked the Hoosiers with their shooting. The Orange staggered IU with their defense.

Indiana, playing its first road game, took the first-half hits and, in the second half, delivered some of its own to obliterate an 18-point deficit.

It was almost enough.

“I thought the zone affected us in the first half,” Woodson told Fischer. “We acted like we hadn’t seen a zone.

“In the second half, we came out and we settled down. We were more comfortable in the zone and made basketball plays.”

IU couldn’t overcome Syracuse’s 33-11 edge in points off turnovers, although it came close by making 11 of 27 three-pointers.

“Teams will continue to play zone (against us),” Woodson told Fischer. “We can’t hide from it. It’s in college basketball.

“We’ve been shooting the three a lot better of late. My concern is the turnovers. The unforced turnovers we had in the first half were ridiculous. We have to stay away from that.”

Then there was the IU defense, which entered the game rated among the nation’s best.

“We couldn’t stop them,” Woodson told Fischer. “That’s disappointing. We’ve been playing so well as a unit on defense. They had their way.”

The Boeheim brothers sparked Syracuse to a 15-5 lead before the Hoosiers battled back behind Jackson-Davis, Kopp and Stewart.

The Orange pushed ahead 38-24. Five straight Hoosier points helped. Missing the front end of a one-and-one did not.

When Jackson-Davis missed a lob dunk and Syracuse followed with a three-pointer and a pair of free throws, the Orange had a 47-29 lead with a minute remaining.

Freshman guard Tamar Bates came off the bench to hit a much-needed basket. Kopp added a pair of free throws. Still, the Hoosiers trailed 49-33 at halftime. Their 13 turnovers resulted in 16 Syracuse points.

Kopp had 10 points. Jackson-Davis had eight points and six rebounds. Stewart also had eight points.

The Orange shot 8-for-16 from three-point range and 58.1 percent overall.

The Hoosiers needed a big five minutes to open the second half to give themselves a chance.

They got it.

Stewart hit three three-pointers in the first four minutes. Syracuse missed six straight shots. IU closed within 52-45.

The Hoosiers kept pushing. A Kopp forged a 58-58 tie with 11 minutes left. A Kopp three-pointer put the Hoosiers ahead 63-60.

They were on the verge of a huge comeback victory.

Then the turnovers returned. The Orange regained their shooting stroke. A 21-9 surge boosted them to an 81-72 lead.

Then Jackson-Davis got hurt.

The Hoosiers battled.

Then Jackson-Davis returned.

The Hoosiers battled.

Stewart’s three-pointer with 4.7 seconds left IU trailing 86-85.

Syracuse made two free throws for a three-point lead, then fouled guard Khristian Lander. He made the first free throw, intentionally missed the second. Jackson-Davis rebounded and made both free throws to force overtime, at 88-88.

With the first overtime period tied at 97-97, IU had a chance to win it, but couldn’t get off the shot in time.

In the second overtime period, Jackson-Davis scored four straight points for an early Hoosier edge. Syracuse responded with eight straight points.

IU fought back.

The Orange took a three-point lead in the closing seconds, but fouled Kopp on a three-point attempt. He made all three free throws for the 10th and final tie before Syracuse’s Girard made the two winning free throws.

“If we play like we did in the second half,” Woodson told Fischer, “we should be fine.”

Or, as Jackson-Davis tweeted in the aftermath, “Learning experience. We will be back and better. Onto the next. Love this team, and program.”

BUTLER MBB POSTS 68-57 WIN OVER SAGINAW VALLEY STATE

Bryce Golden and Jair Bolden led the Bulldogs with 15 points apiece as Butler posted a 68-57 win over Saginaw Valley State Tuesday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Butler improves to 5-3 on the season with the win.

“It was good to get back out there and compete,” said LaVall Jordan after Butler had not played in six days following the Maui Invitational in Las Vegas. “I thought we had good energy tonight. There has been good leadership the past few practices with guys showing what it should look like.”

The Bulldogs shot 47 percent from the field, and hit nine of 23 attempts from three-point range.

Butler pushed its lead to 56-40 with 7:40 remaining in the game before SVSU came back with 11 straight. A 7-0 spurt by the Bulldogs followed, which gave the Bulldogs a final cushion.

Ten of Golden’s 15 points – and all eight of his game-high rebounds – came in the second half. Bolden hit three three-pointers in the first half to push Butler out to an early lead.

Jayden Taylor added 11, while Aaron Thompson had eight points and six assists. Christian David came off the bench for a season-high 16 minutes, posting five points and seven rebounds.

Butler’s 10 turnovers tied a season-low.

Delano Smith had 12 points to lead the Cardinals. Butler’s defense limited SVSU to 41-percent shooting.

The Bulldogs have a week off before traveling to Norman for a game against Oklahoma as part of the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle.

FLAGER AND PURLEE EARN ALL-PFL HONORS

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Wide receiver Yogi Flager and offensive lineman Grant Purlee each earned All-Pioneer Football League honors today. The 29th Annual All-PFL Teams included 61 student-athletes on first and second teams. An additional 90 student-athletes received honorable mention recognition.

Flager was one of four freshman to earn First Team All-PFL accolades. He led the Bulldogs in every major statistical category in terms of receiving. Over 11 games, Flager caught 48 passes for 774 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 16.3 yards per catch and a team-best 70.3 yards per game.

Flager caught a season-best 10 passes vs. Davidson for 68 yards while scoring two touchdowns. His first multi-TD game came in the home opener vs. DePauw with four catches for 95 yards and two scores. Flager impacted the Taylor win with five catches for 136 yards and a TD. He also posted 136 receiving yards at Dayton on six catches that included a touchdown. Within the league, Flager ranked third in receiving yards, fourth in receiving touchdowns and fifth in yards per reception.

Purlee helped Flager find success, playing as one of the top offensive linemen in the conference. A redshirt-senior from Fort Wayne, Ind., Purlee started in every game for Butler at right guard. He was part of a unit that helped the team rush for 174.5 yards per game and pass for 181. The Bulldogs ended the regular season ranked second in the PFL in rushing offense.

PFL awards will conclude tomorrow with the announcement of the 2021 Academic All-PFL honorees.

2021 Pioneer Football League Major Award Winners

Offensive Player of the Year: BJ Byrd, Morehead State

Defensive Player of the Year: Vaughn Taylor Jr., Morehead State

Special Teams Player of the Year: Mekhai Johnson, Marist

Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: Hope Adebayo, St. Thomas

Freshman Defensive Player of the Year: Luke Herzog, St. Thomas

Coach of the Year: Scott Abdell, Davidson

2021 All-Pioneer Football League First Team

WR Yogi Flager, Fairview Heights, Ill.

2021 All-Pioneer Football League Second Team

OL Grant Purlee, Fort Wayne, Ind.

2021 All-PFL Honorable Mention

DB Devin Aguilar, LB Jacob Cain, OL Gaven Johnson, DL Austin Korba, WR Johnny O’Shea, DB Connor Reid, TE Austin Schwantz, OL Trevor Scott, OL Skyler Spetter, K JJ Wadas.

CARDINALS ANNOUNCE 2022 BASEBALL SCHEDULE

MUNCIE, Ind. – Head Coach Rich Maloney and the Ball State baseball team announced the schedule for the 2022 baseball campaign.

BSU is slated to play against PAC 12 power Oregon, and Army, who both made it into the NCAA tournament a season ago. In addition, the team will travel to South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and Oregon, along with five MAC schools.

The Cardinals open the season in Charleston, South Carolina, for the Swig and Swine Classic at the Shipyard. Ball State is set to face Bucknell on Feb. 18. On day two of the Swig and Swine Classic, BSU will take on Iowa and Air Force. The Cardinals close off the trip to Charleston with a contest against Army.

Ball State remains on the road for a matchup at UNC-Wilmington on Feb. 25. The Cardinals stay on the road and make the short trip to Coastal Carolina for a game with Middle Tennessee State and two against Coastal Carolina.

BSU starts March with a four-game series at Florida A&M. The Cardinals open the conference portion against Eastern Michigan on March 11-13 at the friendly confines of the Ball Diamond at First Merchants Ballpark Complex. Ball State remains at home for four games against Bowling Green on March 18-20.

Ball State ends March and begins April on the road for a 12-game stint. The Cardinals start the road trip at Western Michigan on March 25-27, followed by Toledo on April 1-3. BSU then takes a trek out west to Oregon for a four-game series at Oregon on April 8-10.

On April 15-17, Ball State welcomes Akron to Muncie for four games. BSU will take to the road for a series against Northern Illinois on April 22-24. The Cardinals close out April at home against Central Michigan on April 29-May 1.

Ball State ends the regular season with eight of the final 12 games on the road. First, at Kent State on May 6-7. The Cardinals will be at home for the last time during the regular season as Ohio comes to town on May 13-15. BSU ends the regular season on the road at Miami on May 19-21.

The MAC Tournament is scheduled for May 25-28 at a host site to be determined at a later date.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“We are excited about the opportunity to compete against so many outstanding programs. This year’s schedule includes four games against PAC 12 power Oregon, Iowa, two games against Coastal Carolina, UNC Wilmington, and NCAA tournament team Army, not to mention our MAC schedule. Great opportunity for our boys to compete against some of the best.”

FOUR IRISH NAMED UNITED SOCCER COACHES ALL-REGION SELECTIONS

NOTRE DAME, Ind. –  The Notre Dame women’s soccer team’s season may be over but that hasn’t stopped the awards from rolling in to celebrate their fantastic season. Four Irish were honored by the United Soccer Coaches All-Region Awards: Sammi Fisher and Eva Gaetino were named First Team selections while Korbin Albert and Olivia Wingate earned Second and Third Team, respectively.

For Fisher, the award is just the final tip of the cap to a phenomenal last season in an Irish uniform. A banner year for the grad student who led the team with 13 goals, including four game-winners.

On the flipside was Gaetino who anchored the backline at centerback. The sophomore spearheaded the Irish to a 0.96 goals against average. Not to mention Gaetino had one of the most memorable goals of the year with her diving header golden goal against Clemson.

Next, what can you not say about Korbin Albert. The super freshman scored eight goals over the final 11 games, including four in the last four. She finished with the second-most goals on the squad with 12 and was honored as a top-10 freshman in the country.

Lastly, there’s the speedy veteran Olivia Wingate. The senior was electric during the postseason especially, scoring goals against both Purdue and Arkansas. She finished with seven goals on the year.

NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: #8 IRISH RETURN TO HOST #18 OHIO STATE

WHO: #8/8 Notre Dame (10-3-0, 4-2-0-2-0-0 B1G) vs. #19 Ohio State (8-4-0, 4-2-0-0-0-0 B1G)

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. ET // Saturday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. ET

WHERE: Compton Family Ice Arena (tickets)

WATCH: NBCSN and the NBC App (Friday) // NBCSports Philadelphia+ and the NBC App (Saturday)

LISTEN: 94.3 FM | UND.com

NOTES (PDF)

SETTING THE STAGE

After a weekend off, Notre Dame returns to play host to Ohio State in a two-game Big Ten series at the Compton Family Ice Arena (Dec. 3-4).

The Irish enter the weekend with a six-game winning streak that included a weekend sweep of then top-ranked Michigan in their last series (Nov. 19-20).

Notre Dame’s weekend sweep of the Wolverines included a 3-2 overtime win in game one and a 5-4 game two overtime win.

Junior forward Max Ellis helped lead the Irish to that sweep as he assisted Ryder Rolston’s overtime winner in game one and then on Saturday night, Ellis posted the first hat trick of his career, capped by scoring the overtime game-winning goal.

Ellis became the first visiting player to record a hat trick at Yost Ice Arena in 15 years (2006).

 Ohio State split its last two series at Minnesota (Nov. 12-13) and versus Mercyhurst (Nov. 26-27).

Notre Dame is fourth in the Big Ten standings (6 GP, 10 points: 4-2-0-2-0-0), while Ohio State is third (6 GP, 12 points: 4-2-0-0-0-0).

Ellis has an active career-long, seven-game point streak (7-4-11).

In addition, Ryder Rolston has a five-game point streak (3-4-7), Nick Leivermann has a four-game point streak (1-5-6) and Cam Burke has a two-game point streak (0-2-2).

In 13 games, Ellis leads the team with 10 goals and 18 points and is tied for the team lead with eight assists.

Ellis’ 10 goals rank eighth in the NCAA, while his 18 points rank 21st (14th in points per game at 1.385).

Trevor Janicke and Graham Slaggert rank second on the team with five goals each, while Ryder Rolston, Adam Karashik and Solag Bakich are tied with Ellis with eight assists each.

All told, 13 Notre Dame players have scored so far this season, while 18 have at least one point.

The Irish are 7-0-0 when scoring first this season.

Notre Dame’s penalty kill is 46-for-49 on the season (.938), which ranks first in the NCAA.

The Irish are averaging 3.63 goals per game, which ranks ninth in the NCAA (second in the Big Ten) and are also holding opponents to 1.89 goals-against per game, which ranks sixth nationally (first in the Big Ten).

Notre Dame has made each of the last five NCAA Tournaments, the longest streak in program history, and eight of the last 11 NCAA Tournaments overall.

THE BIG TEN STANDINGS

This season, teams are awarded three points in the conference standings for a win in regulation.

If the game is tied following regulation, both teams will receive one point, with a second point being awarded to the team that wins in either the 3-on-3 overtime period or the shootout.

The conference standings now match a national standard: W-L-T-OTW-OTL-SOW.

SLAGGERT ON USA’S PRELIM ROSTER

Sophomore forward Landon Slaggert has been named to the 2022 U.S. National Junior Team Preliminary Roster (Team USA’s training camp at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan will start on December 12).

The 2022 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship will take place in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta from Dec. 26, 2021- January 5, 2022.

Slaggert will be looking to make Team USA for the second consecutive season as he was part of last season’s gold medal winning Team USA.

At last season’s World Junior Tournament, Slaggert skated in all seven games for Team USA and became the first Fighting Irish player to medal at the event since 2018 – when current Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Andrew Peeke helped the U.S. secure the bronze in Buffalo.

Slaggert’s gold marked the eighth medal by a Notre Dame player at the event as he also joined Anders Bjork (bronze in 2016), Mario Lucia (gold in 2013), Kyle Palmieri (gold in 2010 and bronze in 2011), Kyle Lawson (bronze in 2007) and Ben Simon (silver in 1997).

Slaggert was the 23rd Notre Dame player to take part in the World Junior Championship and the South Bend, Indiana native will look to join Palmieri (2010/11), Ian Cole (2008/09), Rob Globke (2001/02), Connor Dunlop (2000/01), Simon (1997/98) and Jack Brownschidle (1977/79) as two-time Irish participants.

THE NOTRE DAME – OHIO STATE SERIES

Notre Dame owns a 40-39-11 edge in the all-time series after sweeping a road series last year in the teams’ most recent meetings (Feb. 5-6, 2021).

Since joining the Big Ten, Notre Dame leads the series with the Buckeyes 9-5-1.

The Irish posted wins of 6-1 and 8-1 to sweep that road series against Ohio State last season, led by Alex Steeves who had a goal and three assists in game one and added three more assists in game two for a seven point weekend and Big Ten Second Star of the Week honors.

Nick Leivermann had three goals and an assist in that series, while Cam Burke posted a career-best three points on a goal and two assists in the game two victory and Spencer Stastney had a goal in each game.

Earlier in the 2020-21 season, the teams split a series at the Compton Family Ice Arena (Dec. 12-13).

The Fighting Irish took game one of that series 3-0 behind goals from Graham Slaggert, Michael Graham and Alex Steeves.

Ohio State rallied to post a 3-2 game two victory, despite Irish goals from Nate Clurman and Steeves.

Notre Dame went 2-1-1 against the Buckeyes during the 2019-20 season, including a home sweep of Ohio State on Nov. 8-9, 2019 inside Compton Family Ice Arena.

In that home sweep over then #8 Ohio State, the Irish took game one in overtime, 3-2, before earning a 2-1 victory in game two.

Pierce Crawford provided the OT game winner in game one while then-freshman Solag Bakich scored his first career goal in that contest.

In their inaugural season in the Big Ten (2017-18), the Irish and Buckeyes met five times, with Notre Dame skating away with a 4-1-0 record including a 3-2 overtime victory in the 2018 Big Ten Championship game courtesy of a Cam Morrison game winner.

Notre Dame’s first Big Ten conference games included a weekend sweep of the Buckeyes in Columbus by scores of 4-1 and 3-2 on Nov. 3-4.

Notre Dame Associate Head Coach Paul Pooley is a 1984 graduate of Ohio State where he earned All-American honors and graduated as the program’s all-time leader in goals (114), assists (156) and points (270).

Pooley, who wore No. 22, became the first Ohio State hockey player to have his number retired on November 4, 2006 during a game between Notre Dame and Ohio State.

Pooley’s nephew, Austin Pooley, played for the Buckeyes from 2017-21.

Current Ohio State graduate student/forward Eric Cooley is the nephew of former Notre Dame forward Tom Mooney (1984-88).

Notre Dame’s career offensive leaders against Ohio State include Graham Slaggert (12 GP; 3-7-10), Jesse Lansdell (8 GP; 1-5-6), Nick Leivermann (7 GP; 3-3-6), Spencer Stastney (12 GP; 2-4-6), Cam Burke (11 GP; 2-2-4), Trevor Janicke (8 GP; 1-3-4) and Landon Slaggert (2 GP; 1-3-4).

SLAGGERT INVITED TO TEAM USA’S WORLD JUNIOR CAMP

OTRE DAME, Ind. — Sophomore forward Landon Slaggert has been named to the 2022 U.S. National Junior Team Preliminary Roster, USA Hockey announced today (Nov. 30). Slaggert will be looking to make Team USA for the second consecutive season as he was part of last season’s gold medal winning Team USA.

Team USA’s training camp at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan will start on December 12.

The 2022 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship will take place in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta with play opening December 26, 2021. There will be four games on the first day, including the United States versus Slovakia in Group B. The tournament will conclude with the gold medal game on January 5, 2022.

At last season’s World Junior Tournament, Slaggert skated in all seven games for Team USA and became the first Fighting Irish player to medal at the event since 2018 – when current Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Andrew Peeke helped the U.S. secure the bronze in Buffalo. Slaggert’s gold marked the eighth medal by a Notre Dame player at the event as he also joined Anders Bjork (bronze in 2016), Mario Lucia (gold in 2013), Kyle Palmieri (gold in 2010 and bronze in 2011), Kyle Lawson (bronze in 2007) and Ben Simon (silver in 1997).

Last season, Slaggert became the 23rd Notre Dame player to take part in the World Junior Championship and the South Bend, Indiana native will look to join Palmieri (2010/11), Ian Cole (2008/09), Rob Globke (2001/02), Connor Dunlop (2000/01), Simon (1997/98) and Jack Brownschidle (1977/79) as two-time Irish participants.

This season, Slaggert has four goals and four assists for eight points in 13 games for the Irish. His four goals are tied for fourth on the team, while he has a power-play goal to go along with 10 penalty minutes.

During his freshman season, Slaggert played 25 games and was Notre Dame’s third-leading scorer with 22 points on eight goals and 14 assists. His eight goals tied for second on the team, while his 14 assists ranked third. He finished the season with seven multi-point games, each coming in the second semester and was on a seven-game point streak when the season came to an end.

Up Next

Winners of six straight including a weekend sweep at top-ranked Michigan (Nov. 19-20), eighth-ranked Notre Dame will host Ohio State on Dec. 3-4 at the Compton Family Ice Arena.

WBB PREVIEW | SYCAMORES CLOSE OUT ROAD TRIP AT CHICAGO STATE

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State closes out its four-game road trip on Wednesday evening as the Sycamores make the trip to the Windy City to take on Chicago State University. Tipoff between the Sycamores and the Cougars is set for 7 p.m. ET at the Jones Convocation Center and will be carried live on ESPN+ and Sycamores All-Access.

Recapping Saturday

Del’Janae Williams scored 13 of her career-high 26 points in the second half to propel Indiana State to the 71-67 win over Georgia Southern on the final day of the GATA Turkey Throwdown. Williams and Natalia Lalic combined to go 3-for-3 from the three-point line over the fourth quarter to lead Indiana in a back-and-forth final frame that featured three ties and three lead changes before the Sycamores pulled away from the Eagles late.

The Sycamores tied the game up at 64-64 with a Marie Hunter layup with 1:36 remaining to set up the final stretch of the contest. Indiana State utilized their speed on the break with back-to-back layups by Mya Glanton and Lalic giving the Sycamores the 68-65 lead with 1:04 remaining.

Taya Gibson scored the final Eagles’ basket with 51 seconds remaining to narrow the Indiana State lead down to one point. Williams converted 1-of-2 from the free throw line on the ensuing ISU possession to put the Sycamores back ahead by two with 27 seconds remaining. Both teams missed free throws down the stretch before Williams iced the contest with a pair of conversions from the stripe with 0.8 seconds remaining in the Sycamores’ 71-67 win.

About Chicago State

Chicago State enters the midweek contest with a 1-6 overall record on the season and a 0-1 mark at home in the Jones Convocation Center. The Cougars picked up their lone win of the season on November 22 with an overtime victory at Wisconsin, but have struggled the rest of the season and come into the contest with back-to-back losses this past weekend at the Florida International University Thanksgiving Tournament against FIU and Delaware.

Aaliyah Collins is the lone Cougar in double-digits on the season with a team-high 15.6 points on the year. Collins is also second on the team with 5.0 rebounds per game, while adding 27 steals overall. The freshman guard enters the Wednesday contest scoring double-digits in each of the last six games, including back-to-back 20-point contests against Wisconsin and FIU.

Kyjai Miles is the team-leader with 6.1 rebounds per game and nine blocked shots, while Allysah Boothe is the primary outside threat with 16 three-pointers on the year.

Series Review vs Chicago State

Indiana State boasts a 4-0 record against the Cougars in the all-time series dating back to the 1975-76 season. The Sycamores won both contests against Chicago State in 1975-76 and the 1976-77 seasons, and then again in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 years.

Indiana State won the previous matchup on December 18, 2012 in Terre Haute, Ind. when the Sycamores topped the Cougars, 69-35. In the contest, Marina Laramie and Kasey Johnson helped the Sycamores jump out to a 59-22 lead early in the second half on their way to the win.

Twenty-Point Scorers

Indiana State has featured two players that have hit the 20-point mark this season as junior guard Del’Janae Williams joined Adrian Folks this past weekend with a career-high 26-point game against Georgia Southern. Williams scored 13 of her team-high 26 points in the second half and went 6-of-11 from the floor, 4-of-7 from the three-point line, and 10-of-12 from the free throw line in the Sycamores’ win over the Eagles.

Williams’ 26-point outburst was also a season-best for Indiana State this year surpassing Folks’ 24-point effort against Saint Louis. The Southgate, Mich. native went 9-of-22 from the floor and added 10 rebounds for her fourth collegiate double-double to pace ISU in the loss to the Billikens. Folks scored 16 points and added nine rebounds in a dominant first-half performance against SLU.

Sycamores’ Active 20-point Scorers

Caitlin Anderson – 2

Adrian Folks – 2

Del’Janae Williams – 2

Essy Latu – 1

Check Your Pockets

Indiana State’s defense continues to remain among the nation’s best as the Sycamores entered the week sitting in the top-30 in three separate team defensive categories. The Sycamores are 21st overall in steals per game (12.2), 30th in total steals (30), and 30th in turnovers forced per game (22.33).

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

In addition to getting their hands on the ball, ISU has been constantly harassing the opposition and has posted three games with at least 20 forced turnovers on defense. The Sycamores forced a season-high 36 turnovers against Stephens (Mo.) and carried on with 26 forced turnovers against Saint Louis and 21 more this past Saturday against Georgia Southern.

Defending the 3-Ball

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

ISU previously limited Stephens (Mo.) to a 0-for-12 mark behind the arc to open the year and have held opponents under .300 from the three-point line on four separate occasions this year. Over their last two games entering Wednesday, the Sycamores have held the opposition to a 3-for-33 mark from behind the three-point line. ISU has also held opponents to just a .267 three-point percentage on the year.

HENDERSON, BROWN RECOGNIZED ON ALL-MVFC NEWCOMER TEAM

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Indiana State defensive back JJ Henderson and linebacker Geoffrey Brown were both recognized on the 2021 Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer team as announced by the conference office on Tuesday morning.

The Sycamore defensive duo both represent Indiana State on the team as voted on by the leagues’ head coaches, media members, and sports information staff.

Henderson put together a solid campaign in his lone season with the Sycamores as the Stetson transfer took on a starting cornerback role and leadership role in the defensive backs room. Henderson earned October 24 Defensive Player of the Week recognition after a two-interception game against Youngstown State and added a key pick against Illinois State in the season-finale win. He finished third in the conference with 12 pass breakups and fifth with three interceptions.

Brown finished among the Missouri Valley Football tackling leaders in the 2021 season as the true freshman linebacker led ISU with 61 stops on the year. He finished the season on a high-note with a career-best 12 tackles against Illinois State in the Sycamores win over the Redbirds. He also finished tied for 17th overall in the conference with 8.5 tackles for loss.

QB Jason Shelley of Missouri State has been named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Newcomer of the Year, and QB Demeatric Crenshaw has been tabbed the league’s Freshman of the Year. They head a list of 24 student-athletes named to the 2021 Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team.

SYCAMORES OPEN VALLEY PLAY WEDNESDAY AT LOYOLA

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State basketball begins Missouri Valley Conference action Wednesday night with a matchup with Loyola to wrap up a five-game stretch away from home. Tip is set for 8 p.m. ET from Gentile Arena in Chicago. The game will air on NBC Sports Chicago, Bally Sports Indiana Plus and ESPN Plus as well as on the radio on 105.5 The Legend in the Wabash Valley and on GoSycamores.com/Listen worldwide.

THE SERIES

» Saturday’s meeting with Loyola will be the 35th all-time between the two programs. The series is tied at 17 wins by each program with Loyola taking the last two meetings, including a 65-49 win at Arch Madness in March. The last time ISU beat Loyola on their home court was in 2018.

A WIN FOR THE SYCAMORES WOULD…

» Give ISU a one-game lead in the series

» End a two-game winning streak in the series by Loyola

» Give Josh Schertz his first Missouri Valley Conference win

» End a three-game losing skid for ISU

UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP

» For the first time in 12 years, the Indiana State basketball is under new leadership as first-year head coach Josh Schertz takes over the reins of the program. Schertz takes over after a 13-year run at NCAA Division II Lincoln Memorial University where he had a career record of 337-69 (.831) en route to four national coach of the year honors. Schertz led the Railsplitters to 10 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, won 14 total conference championships and three Southeast Regional titles, and had five seasons of 30-or-more victories.

AS HENRY GOES, SO DO THE SYCAMORES

» Cameron Henry has been the wheel that keeps Indiana State basketball moving so far this season. The guard has either made or assisted on 37 percent of all Indiana State field goals through seven games. The senior has 39 field goals and 30 assists while averaging 14.3 points and 4.3 assists per game.

HENRY DOMINANT

» Cameron Henry continues to dominate the court — scoring in double-figures six of the first seven games for Indiana State — including a pair of double-doubles. Over three games at the Myrtle Beach Invitational, Henry put up All-MVC like numbers. The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 17.3 points, nine rebounds and 5.7 assists per game while going for a career-high 25 points against Oklahoma in the semifinals. For his performance, he was named to the All-Tournament Second Team.

NEESE A PROBLEM FOR OPPOSING DEFENSES

» After posting career highs across the board during the 2020-21, Cooper Neese has picked up where he left off. The junior is averaging 14.9 points while also hitting the glass for 4.6 rebounds a game. Neese has scored in double-figures in six games this season with a season scoring 17 or more in five games.

MICAH THOMAS SHOW

» Newcomer Micah Thomas put on an offensive clinic in the finale of the Myrtle Beach Invitational, scoring a career-high 23 points against New Mexico State. Down 20 points with 13 minutes to go, Thomas pulled ISU to within six points with three minutes remaining. Thomas shot 9-for-16 from the field and was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line but more impressive was his 14 second-half points. Thomas has scored 10 or more points in five of the six games he has played in while averaging 15.3 points a game. One of the best shooters on the team, he leads ISU with a 41.7 percent from deep.

MOVING THE ROCK

» Indiana State ranks second in the MVC with 14.4 assists per game while sitting fourth with a 1.20 assist-to-turnover ratio. Five players have recorded over 10 assists with Cameron Henry leading the way by a large margin with 30. The outlier is Xavier Bledson who has recorded 15 assists in just four games after missing the last three games at the MBI.

UP NEXT

Indiana State returns to Hulman Center on Saturday to face Miami (OH).

CLARENCE WALKER AND JOHN SHERMAN WILLIAMS INDUCTED INTO INDIANA BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame has announced that Clarence Walker and John Sherman Williams will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the organization’s 60th class. The induction class will be honored in a ceremony to held at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on March 23, 2022.

The late Clarence Walker was the first Black player to participate in a national collegiate basketball tournament game. A 1946 graduate of East Chicago Washington High School under Hall of Fame coach John Baratto, he was a key member of their 24-3 regional championship team that season.

Recruited by John Wooden to Indiana State, he was a member of their 1947 team that was invited to the NAIB national tournament. On the basis that a Black player would not be eligible to compete in that tournament, Indiana State declined their invitation. A year later, the rules had been altered and with Walker permitted to play, the Indiana State squad finished as national runners-up in the 1948 NAIB tournament.

As a senior, Walker was a starting guard as the Sycamores won the 1950 NAIB National Championship, following a 1949 national semi-finals appearance. Receiving numerous awards, including the Purple Heart for his service in the Korean War, he was a teacher, counselor, and administrator in Gary Schools for 35 years, rising to Assistant Superintendent. He died in 1989 at the age of 60.

John Sherman Williams sprung an all-star high school career at Indianapolis Washington into an All-American college career at Indiana State. Averaging over 21 points and nine rebounds per game as a high school sophomore, his averages climbed to 27.3 points and 10.6 rebounds by his senior year, leading to recognition as a 1982 Indiana All-Star.

Along the way, he led the Continentals to a sectional championship in 1980 before a loss to eventual state champ Broad Ripple and reached the 1982 regional finals before a one-point loss to state finalist Cathedral. His senior season, he was the Indianapolis city scoring champion. A stellar career at Indiana State University culminated with 2,370 career points, leading the Sycamores in scoring each of his four seasons and earning Missouri Valley Conference all-conference recognition four times and All-American honors three times.

His senior season, he tied Larry Bird’s ISU record of 81 consecutive games in double-figure scoring, was 5th in the country in scoring at 25.4 points per game and graduated 2nd in Indiana State career scoring. He completed his college career 3rd in career scoring in the history of the Missouri Valley Conference, trailing only Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird and in 2007 was named one of the 50 greatest players in MVC history.

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 60th Men’s Awards Banquet is scheduled for Wednesday, March 23, 2022. The day’s events will include a reception at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Museum in New Castle that afternoon with a banquet that evening at the Primo Banquet Hall in Indianapolis.

Reservations will soon be available online or through mail order in early 2022. Call the Hall at 765-529-1891, visit www.hoopshall.com or email info@hoopshall.com for more information.

WAHLBERG NAMED TO 2021 UNITED SOCCER COACHES ALL-MIDWEST REGION TEAM

KANSAS CITY, MO. – CeCe Wahlberg earned 2021 All-Midwest Region honors from the United Soccer Coaches, announced Monday by the organization. She was named to the USC All-Midwest second team.

Wahlberg is one of nine players from the MVC to be selected.

She is the first Indiana State player to make an All-Region team since 2013 when Abby Reed earned third team honors. Alison Gasparovich made the second team in 2010 as the only other Sycamore to garner All-Region honors.

Wahlberg finished the season at second in the MVC with 34 shots on goal, third in shots (55), fourth in points (15) and fifth in goals (6). During conference play, the junior led the MVC with 13 points and finished tied for the team lead in assists with three. She earned First Team All-MVC honors for the second straight season.

The 2021 fall season saw Wahlberg move up the program record books in multiple categories. She now ranks second all-time in shots on goal (70), third in total shots (146) and ninth in total points (32).

MEN’S BASKETBALL OPENS MVC SLATE ON WEDNESDAY

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Playing its earliest Missouri Valley Conference opener on record, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team welcomes Southern Illinois to the Ford Center for a 6 p.m. game on Wednesday evening.  ESPN3 and the Purple Aces Radio Network will have the call.

Last Time Out

– Evansville led from start to finish on the way to its first road victory of the season on Sunday, earning a 70-54 at Eastern Illinois

– The Purple Aces scored the first eight points of the game on the way to a 23-5 advantage…UE led by as many as 25 points int he second half

– Shamar Givance set a new career mark with 26 points, knocking down 10 of his 13 shot attempts…he added 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals (a career high)

– Jawaun Newton finished with 13 points and 12 boards (top career tally) and earned his second double-double in as many games

– Blaise Beauchamp (12) and Antoine Smith Jr. (10) also reached double figures

Newcomer of the Week

– Antoine Smith Jr. was recognized on Monday as the MVC Newcomer of the Week

– In four games last week, Smith averaged 13.5 points per game and reached double figures on three occasions

– Highlighting the week was a career-high of 24 points against Rice where he was a perfect 9-for-9 from the floor and 6-of-6 from 3-point distance

– He added 16 points against Akron before completing the week with 10 points at EIU

– Through his first five games at UE, Smith scored 13 points, but in the four games since, he has posted 13.5 PPG while raising his season average to 7.4 PPG

– Hitting 45.2% of his outside attempts, Smith is 7th in the MVC

Upping his Game

– In Sunday’s win at Eastern Illinois, Shamar Givance set a new scoring mark with 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting

– The all-around performance saw him add 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals

– He currently ranks third in the MVC with 1.6 steals per contest while sitting 5th in the league with 3.9 assists

– He has 4 or more helpers in five of the last six games including a season-high of 7 against DePauw

– Following a 7-point, 5-assist, 4-rebound effort at Cincinnati, Givance led the Aces in points (16), rebounds (7) and steals (3) in the victory against IUPUI

Checking all the Boxes

– It has been an unbelievable stretch for Jawaun Newton who has averaged 19.5 points and 8.0 rebounds over the last four contests

– He opened the Gulf Coast Showcase with a career-high of 30 points, marking the Aces first such effort since 2019

– It took until his 89th game to record the first double-double of his career, but #2 came just four days later…Newton registered 19 points and 10 boards on Nov. 24 versus Akron and followed that up with 13 points and 12 caroms at EIU

– The 12 caroms was Newton’s top career tally and he now leads the Aces with 14.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game

– Since opening the season with 5 points at Cincinnati, Newton has averaged 15.6 points per game in the last eight outings on his way to 10th in scoring in the MVC

Scouting the Opponent

– Six games into the season, Southern Illinois sits at an even 3-3 entering Wednesday’s conference opener

– Highlighting the early part of the season for the Salukis was a 67-63 win over Colorado in the opening game of the Paradise Jam, which was held at the U.S. Virgin Islands just over a week ago

– Lance Jones paces SIU with 18.8 points per game while shooting 51.9% in six contests…he is also tied with J.D. Muila for the team lead with an average of 4.5 rebounds

– Marcus Domask is just behind him with a scoring mark of 14.8 PPG while leading the squad with a total of 22 assists.

JE’NAIYA DAVIS NAMED MVC NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK AFTER 35-POINT OUTBURST

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Following one of the best single-game performances in program history, University of Evansville women’s basketball junior Je’Naiya Davis has been named Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week, it was announced by the Conference office.

Coming off the bench in an 84-71 win over Purdue Fort Wayne on Wednesday in just her second game as an Ace, Davis scored 35 points in just 22 minutes of action, knocking-down 4-of-7 attempts from beyond the arc and shooting 13-17 from the field. The 35 points are tied for second-most in a game in program history and sit as the program record for points in a regulation game. Davis’ scoring outburst is just the third of its kind in NCAA DI since 2008-09, matching a 40-point performance from UC Davis’ Morgan Bertsch in 22 minutes in  2018 and a 35-point performance in 22 minutes from Baylor’s three-time all-American Brittany Griner in 2012.

Davis is the first Ace to win a weekly honor from The Valley since Abby Feit on Dec. 21, 2020 and the first Newcomer of the Week for Evansville since Lola Bracy captured the honor on Dec. 16, 2019.

VALPO TRIO EARNS FIRST TEAM ALL-PFL STATUS; TWO MORE GARNER SECOND TEAM HONORS

Five members of the Valparaiso University football program were named to the All-Pioneer Football League First or Second Team on Tuesday, while nine others received All-PFL Honorable Mention.

A trio of Beacons landed on the all-league first team – senior running back Robert Washington (Huntersville, N.C. / East Gaston [Old Dominion]), redshirt junior kicker Brian Bartholomew and fifth-year senior punter Ben Niesner (Black Diamond, Wash. / Tahoma [Portland State]). In addition, fifth-year senior defensive lineman Trejuan Purty (Maryville, Tenn. / Maryville [East Tennessee State]) and sophomore return specialist Chuck Maxwell (Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart Christian Academy) were tabbed to the All-PFL Second Team.

Washington finished the season with 1,105 rushing yards, the second-highest output in program history behind 1,358 by Jeff Horton in 2005. He became just the third 1,000-yard rusher in Valpo lore and tied the program record for single-season rushing touchdowns with 14. Despite playing only 17 games in a Brown & Gold uniform, the North Carolina native finished with 1,758 career rushing yards, a total that ranks ninth in program history.

Washington finished the season ranked 12th nationally in all-purpose yards per game at 131.27. He ranked ninth in the FCS nation in rushing TDs, 10th in rushing yards per game (100.5) and eighth in total rushing yards. Washington earned First Team All-PFL laurels for the second straight season after also being named the PFL Offensive Player of the Year following the Spring 2021 campaign.

Bartholomew led the PFL and ranked 34th nationally in field-goal percentage at .750 while also leading the league and ranking 26th in the nation in field goals per game at 1.20. He finished the year tied for second in single-season program history with 12 made field goals while cracking the program record book with 32 made PATs, which ranked fifth all-time. This represents Bartholomew’s second straight First Team All-PFL nod.

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

Purty averaged 1.4 tackles for loss per game, a number that placed him 19th nationally and second in the PFL. He totaled 40 tackles, 15 of which came behind the line of scrimmage including 6.5 sacks. In total, opponents lost 56 yards on Purty TFLs. He also had a pair of breakups and a QB hurry. After earning All-PFL Honorable Mention in both 2019 and Spring 2021, he was elevated to the second team this year.

Maxwell was a repeat All-PFL Second Team choice as a return specialist. His combined kick return total of 599 led the PFL and ranked 13th in the nation, while his kickoff return average of 25.0 led the league and ranked 22nd nationally. The speedy sophomore returned 24 kicks this fall including a long of 76.

Nine Beacons were recognized with All-PFL Honorable Mention – junior linebacker Evan Annis (Hilliard, Ohio / Hilliard Davidson), redshirt junior offensive lineman Aaron Byrd (Bradley, Ill. / Bourbonnais), fifth-year senior long snapper Doug Haugh (Redlands, Calif. / Redlands Senior), fifth-year senior tight end Connor Hebbeler (Franklin Lakes, N.J. / Bergen Catholic [Wake Forest]), senior defensive back Jadarius Horton (Charlotte, N.C. / West Charlotte [Southwestern College]), sixth-year defensive end Austin Martins (Newman, Calif. / Orestimba [Modesto JC]), redshirt junior linebacker Trey Psota (Bay Village, Ohio / Bay), senior wide receiver Ollie Reese (Franklin, Tenn. / Battle Ground) and sophomore defensive back Keyon Turner (Chicago, Ill. / Marist).

The PFL will release its all-academic teams on Wednesday.

2021 Pioneer Football League Major Award Winners

Offensive Player of the Year: BJ Byrd, Morehead State

Defensive Player of the Year: Vaughn Taylor Jr., Morehead State

Special Teams Player of the Year: Mekhai Johnson, Marist

Freshman Offensive Player of the Year: Hope Adebayo, St. Thomas

Freshman Defensive Player of the Year: Luke Herzog, St. Thomas

Coach of the Year: Scott Abell, Davidson

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: To be announced, Wednesday

2021 All-Pioneer Football League First Team
Pos. Player School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown

OFFENSE

WR BJ Byrd (U, 1) Morehead State 6-0 190 Sr. Richmond, Calif.

WR Jalyn Witcher Presbyterian 5-10 175 Fr. Little Rock, Ark.

WR Yogi Flager (2) Butler 5-10 165 RFr. Fairview Heights, Ill.

QB Mark Pappas (1) Morehead State 6-2 213 RJr. Avon Lake, Ohio

RB Jake Chisholm Dayton 5-9 191 Jr. Union, Ky.

RB Robert Washington (1) Valparaiso 5-11 220 Sr. Huntersville, N.C.

TE Jackson Sherrard (2) Davidson 6-5 233 Sr. Olney, Md.

FB Coy Williams (1) Davidson 5-11 213 Sr. Lumberton, Texas

A-P Jake Chisholm Dayton 5-9 191 Jr. Union, Ky.

OL Cole Foley (2) Davidson 6-4 290 Sr. Winston-Salem, N.C.

OL Matt Weimann St. Thomas 6-3 312 Sr. Oakdale, Minn.

OL Cam Marriott (1) Morehead State 6-3 300 Jr. Redlands, Calif.

OL Khalil Miller (1) Davidson 6-3 302 Sr. Lithonia, Ga.

OL DJ Wright (1) San Diego 6-4 275 RSr Pittsburg, Calif.

DEFENSE

DL Johnathan Hammond (2) Davidson 6-2 227 So. Dunwoody, Ga.

DL Vaughn Taylor Jr. (3x, 1) Morehead State 6-2 252 Sr. Washington, D.C.

DL William Buck San Diego 6-0 285 RSo. Sacramento, Calif.

DL Fermon Reid (1) Stetson 6-0 245 Sr. Naples, Fla.

LB Zack Rumpke Dayton 6-2 303 RJr. Lexington, Ky.

LB Grant Dyer Dayton 6-2 224 RJr. Crescent Springs, Ky.

LB Jayden Johnson Marist 6-0 230 RJr. Linden, N.J.

LB Vincent Winey (1) Morehead State 6-1 230 Sr. Lindenhurst, N.Y.

DB Brandon Easterling Dayton 6-0 206 Sr. Fairborn, Ohio

DB Michael Hawkins (3x, 1) San Diego 6-1 200 Sr. San Diego, Calif.

DB Alex Rogers (H) Drake 6-0 210 5th Yr. Racine, Wis.

DB Teddy Wright Marist 6-0 212 RSr. Sharon Hill, Pa.

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK Brian Bartholomew (1) Valparaiso 5-11 165 RJr. Sugar Grove, Ill.

P Ben Niesner (1) Valparaiso 6-0 200 RSr. Black Diamond, Wash.

RS Mekhai Johnson Marist 5-11 201 RSr. Dorchester, Mass.

LS Brady McKnight Morehead State 6-1 200 Fr. Stephens City, Va.

Notes in parentheses: U-indicates a player was a unanimous first-team selection; 4x-is a four-time first-team All-PFL selection; 3x-is a three-time firstteam All-PFL selection; 1-was a first-team selection in 2020-21; 2-was a second-team selection in 2020-21; H-was a honorable mention selection in

2020-21.

2021 All-Pioneer Football League Second Team
Pos. Player School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown

OFFENSE

WR Nazeviah Burris Stetson 6-0 180 Fr. Union, S.C.

WR Vance Jefferson San Diego 6-0 185 Fr. Poway, Calif.

WR Dwayne Menders Marist 5-10 155 RJr. Miramar, Fla.

QB Jack Cook Dayton 6-0 207 Sr. Cranberry Township, Pa.

RB Hope Adebayo St. Thomas 5-8 184 Fr. Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

RB Dylan Sparks Davidson 6-0 209 Jr. Centreville, Va.

TE Matt DeBlasio Morehead State 6-4 235 Grad. Seaford, N.Y.

TE Michael Gadinis San Diego 6-1 220 RSr. San Diego, Calif.

FB Nick Rice St. Thomas 5-10 194 Sr. Elk River, Minn.

A-P Delvecchio Powell Presbyterian 5-9 190 RSo. Pooler, Ga.

OL Billy Corte Stetson 6-5 285 RSo. Cleveland, Ohio

OL Ben Johnson Marist 6-3 282 RJr. South Williamsport, Pa.

OL Beck Kipperman Davidson 6-2 259 So. Round Rock, Texas

OL Grant Purlee Butler 6-2 305 RSr. Fort Wayne, Ind.

OL Mike Ruggeri St. Thomas 6-2 293 Sr. St. Louis, Mo.

DEFENSE

DL Max Johnson Drake 6-3 280 5th Yr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa

DL Jake Hoper Drake 6-4 269 Sr. South Beloit, Ill.

DL Muhindo Kapapa San Diego 6-2 275 RSr. Fairfield, Calif.

DL Trejuan Purty Valparaiso 6-0 225 RSr. Maryville, Tenn.

LB Kama Kamaka San Diego 6-1 210 Sr. Kailua, Hawaii

LB Mike Arrington Marist 5-11 212 RJr. Ashburn, Va.

LB Luke Herzog St. Thomas 6-2 229 Fr. Mendota Heights, Minn.

LB Ben Schmiesing Dayton 6-1 226 Grad. Piqua, Ohio

DB Isaiah Hall St. Thomas 5-8 168 Sr. Burnsville, Minn.

DB Luke Glenna St. Thomas 5-11 188 Sr. Edina, Minn.

DB Clayborne Fields III Marist 5-11 190 RJr. Franklin, N.J.

DB Cooper Krezek Morehead State 6-0 200 RFr. Kansas City, Mo.

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK Sam Webster Dayton 5-10 265 So. Richfield, Ohio

P Andrew Foster Morehead State 6-3 222 Sr. Knoxville, Tenn.

RS Chuck Maxwell Valparaiso 5-5 140 So. Elkhart, Tenn.

LS Ryan Kriceri Drake 6-2 235 5th Yr. Aurora, Ill.

2021 All-Pioneer Football League Honorable Mention

BUTLER: Devin Aguilar (Sr., CB); Jacob Cain (RFr., LS/SS); Gaven Johnson (Sr., OT); Austin Korba (RFr., DT); Johnny O’Shea (RJr., WR); Connor Reid (RJr., S);

Austin Schwantz (Sr., TE); Trevor Scott (Sr., C); Skyler Spetter (RJr., OT); JJ Wadas (RFr., K). DAVIDSON: Jake Alexander (Sr., LB); Louis Colosimo (Sr., QB); Aris

Hilliard (Jr., AP); Dreylan Hines (Sr., S); Jalen Jefferson (Sr., LB); Kaedon Jenkins (Jr., CB); Aaron Maione (Fr., RS); Evan Pritchard (Sr., P); Jordan Reed (Sr., DT);

Jalen Staples (Sr., WR). DAYTON: Sam Bubonics (Jr., WR); Kyle Finnick (Sr., DT); Owen Smith (Grad., LS); Brian Stevens (Jr., OT); David Tkatch (Jr., OT). DRAKE:

Declan Carr (Sr., LB); Shane Dunning (So., P); Colin Howard (Jr., WR); Will Kulick (5th Yr., LB); Joey Lukrich (Jr., CB); Danny Morales (Sr., KR); Danny Morales (Sr.,

S); Ross Palmer (So., RG); Jeran Proctor (5th Yr., CB). MARIST: Jacob Abill (RSr., DE); Aaron Acosta (RJr., DE); Hunter Cobb (RJr., RB); Austin Day (RSr., QB); Nick

Foglia (RSr., DT); Mekhai Johnson (RSr., RB); Art Pinckney (RJr., LB). MOREHEAD STATE: DeVonte Adams (Sr., WR); Issiah Aguero (Sr., RB); Cam Barrett (Sr., LB);

Devon Connors (Jr., DL); Andrew Foster (Sr., PK/P); Khiyree Keith (Jr., DB); Tyler Noble (Sr., DB); Jaxsen Spears (Fr., OL). PRESBYTERIAN: Ren Hefley (RSo., QB);

Alex Herriott (Fr., LB); Delvecchio Powell (RSo., RB); Matthew Rivera (So., WR); Blake Tyler (Sr., C). SAN DIEGO: David Ambagtsheer (Jr., LB); Christian Brown (Jr.,

WR); Michael Carner (Jr., WR); Brandon Eickert (Jr., K); Bryce Fledderman (Sr., QB); Dominic Graziani (Sr., FB); Mykee Irving (Grad., DL); Cassius Johnson (Sr.,

CB); Finley Lecky (So., C); Hunter Nichols (Sr., S); Terrence Smith (Sr., RB); Amir Wallace (Jr., CB). ST. THOMAS: Jonathan Bunce (So., OLB); Kolby Gartner (So., P);

Joe Hird (Sr., CB/NB); Jack Mohler (So., ILB); Alec Rasmussen (Fr., OT); Max Zimmerman (Jr., TE). STETSON: Dominic Carlucci (RSo., TE); Majeste’ Hansberry (Sr.,

LB); Josh Hughes (RFr., DT); Ethan Hull (Jr., LB); Rassie Littlejohn (Jr., FS); Jalen Mason (Sr., WR); Davion Maxwell (RSo., SS); Alex Piccirilli (Sr., QB); Michael

Wojciechowski (RSo., LS). VALPARAISO: Evan Annis (Jr., LB); Aaron Byrd (Sr., OL); Doug Haugh (Sr., LS); Connor Hebbeler (RSr., TE); Jadarius Horton (Sr., CB);

Austin Martins (Sr., DE); Trey Psota (Sr., LB); Ollie Reese (Sr., WR); Keyon Turner (So., CB).

MARIAN DOWNS BETHEL FOR FIRST CROSSROADS LEAGUE WIN

INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 11 Marian men’s basketball team took control early and did not look back, running away with an 82-63 victory over Bethel on Tuesday night. The win puts Marian at 6-2 overall and 1-2 in Crossroads League play.

The Knights scored first after a Tyrie Johnson layup in the first 10 seconds, but Bethel answered right back with a jumper and three-pointer to go up by three points. Malek Edmonds’ layup three minutes in kickstarted the Knight’s offense as they scored on each of the next eight possessions. Hayden Langkabel made his first three-pointer to put the Knights ahead 7-5 and the Knights would continue on a 10-0 run to pull ahead by double-digits at the 14:04 mark. The Pilots finally scored on a three-pointer with 13:21 left, but Edmonds scored on back-to-back trips to put the Knights up 21-8. Marian’s offense went quiet for a few minutes until Brody Whitaker made a layup to keep the Knights up 23-13 midway through the opening half.

Bethel cut the deficit down to six points after a quick 5-0 run with seven minutes remaining in the first half. Christian Stewart stopped the bleeding with a two-point jumper, and Langkabel put the Knights back up by 11 points after two-straight trifectas. The Pilots continued to make three-pointers and get opportunities at the free-throw line to hang around, making six three-pointers and eight free throws in the half. Langkabel hit his fourth three-ball with 2:14 left before halftime, putting the Knights up 40-28. Stewart and Johnson both drove to the bucket and made layups in the final minute to put Marian up 44-32 at the half. The Knights shot almost 56 percent after 20 minutes and held Bethel to shoot 36 percent from the floor.

Both offenses came out firing in the second half as Bethel and Marian traded baskets on the first six trips down the floor. Marian maintained their lead with two-point jumpers by Edmonds, Johnson, and Stewart in the first four minutes. Bethel’s Jared DeHart nailed a three-pointer to bring the Pilots within 10 points. Another Bethel basket with 13:02 remaining got them within seven points, but Edmonds ended a Marian-scoring drought with a layup. Bethel forced more Marian misses to keep themselves within striking distance, being down 57-49 with 10:20 left in the second half.

Langkabel got the Marian offense rolling with his sixth three-pointer just past the 10-minute mark, bringing the Knights’ lead to 11 points. Edmonds answered another Bethel make to keep the advantage past 10 points just a minute later. The Pilots did not ease up, drawing two trips to the free-throw line and getting Nathan Aerts a layup to pull within seven points with just under eight minutes left to play. Stewart ended a three-minute scoring drought with a jumper, and Langkabel followed that up with a layup to make it 66-55 with 5:35 left. The Pilots again got within single digits with five minutes left, but it would be the closest they’d get. Marian outscored their opponents 16-6 over the closing minutes. The Knights scored on four-straight trips with Langkabel, Stewart, and Whitaker converting on two-point shots. Johnson sealed things by making two free throws with 2:55 remaining, putting Marian up 74-57. The Knights took their largest lead after a Christian Harvey bunny as Marian was up 20 points with 57 seconds left. Despite a closer game than the final score might read, the Knights pulled away for an 82-63 win over Bethel.

Marian boasted four players with a double-digit scoring performance. Langkabel led the way with 24 points, tying a personal career-best. Edmonds earned a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Stewart and Johnson contributed 16 and 14 points in their efforts, respectively. Marian shot 53.2 percent from the floor and converted 10-of-15 free throws on the night. Defensively, the Knights forced 12 turnovers and held Bethel to 38.9 percent shooting.

Marian will face another in-state conference foe this weekend. The Knights will travel to Taylor for a 3 PM tip-off against the Trojans.

MARIAN SQUANDERS 2-0 LEAD, FALLS TO MONTANA TECH 3-2

Sioux City, Iowa – The Marian volleyball team took a 2-0 lead in their first match of pool play at the NAIA Tournament on Tuesday afternoon, but were unable to close the victory as Montana Tech won three straight sets to upset Marian 3-2. The loss drops Marian to 33-2 overall this season.

The Knights got off to a commanding start in the first set against Montana Tech, rattling off seven unanswered points to start the match. A pair of Averi Lanman kills helped force an early timeout, and the Knights kept rolling as two Skyler Van Note kills held the lead at 12-6. The Orediggers added pressure by inching within four, but Marian scored on five of the next six rallies to expand their lead to 17-9. A pair of three point runs helped Marian close the opening set win, with Van Note scoring on three of the final four points to end the first set 25-16.

Marian built a two point edge in the second set, grasping an early 5-3 lead. Van Note, Lanman, and Jai-Lyn Norwood did the majority of the scoring early, and a 4-1 sprint forced a Montana Tech timeout after Lexi Spence dropped a service ace. The run gave the Knights a 10-6 lead, but Montana Tech challenged creeping within one. A swing from Lanman snapped the 3-1 run, and helped Marian maintain control as their lead ballooned to 16-13. The Knights kept the lead for the remainder of the set, building a three-point cushion at 23-20 following a kill from Van Note. A Madison Brooks kill and Sydney Schaffer service ace ended the set, as Marian took a 2-0 lead winning 25-20.

In the third set Marian again started strong as they looked to finish the match, taking an 8-6 lead to force a Montana Tech timeout. A block from Gabby Fish and Lanman moved the lead to three after a timeout, but a 4-0 run from the Orediggers moved Montana Tech in front. The lead teetered back and forth, but Marian was able to go up 14-13 after consecutive errors. The Diggers called for timeout after the sloppy play, and took over the set scoring four straight points to take their largest lead of the day at 17-14. Marian clawed back within one, but back to back points forced the Knights to use a timeout trailing 21-18. The Knights would chip back within two, but could not overcome their deficit dropping the set 25-21.

Montana Tech rode the momentum of their third set win into the fourth jumping out to a 6-1 lead. The Orediggers continued to grow their lead despite a pair of two-point efforts from the Knights, going on top 11-5 after four straight Marian errors. Marian could do little to slow down the Orediggers offense, as the 11-5 deficit turned into a 20-11 hole 15 rallies later. Montana Tech finished off the fourth set with a 3-0 run to win 25-13, and kept charging in the fifth set taking a 4-2 lead. A service error gave the Knights their third point, but Marian was unable to capitalize off it as the Diggers went up 6-3. After a timeout, Montana Tech scored seven straight points, and nine of 10 as they closed the match with a 15-4 win in the fifth game.

The Knights hit just .135 for the match, recording 29 attack errors, while Montana Tech hit .288 with 15 errors. Van Note led Marian in the match with 15 kills and 11 digs, posting two service aces. Michaela Hoffa had 11 kills hitting .304, and Lanman had eight kills with two total blocks. Maggie Meyer had 17 digs, and Katie Hardegree had an 18-assist, 15-dig double-double. Schaffer recorded three of Marian’s seven service aces.

Marian will need a win in tomorrow’s pool play finale against Midland, as well as a win from the Warriors in their game against Montana Tech Tuesday night to force a tiebreaker set Wednesday night. Marian’s match against Midland is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday.

WILDCATS WIN FIVE SET THRILLER IN NAIA POOL PLAY

SIOUX CITY, Iowa. – No. 20 Indiana Wesleyan volleyball defeated RV Texas Wesleyan in a five-set thriller this afternoon in the NAIA national tournament.  Wildcats won the first set, dropped sets two and three, and battled back for a win in sets four and five.  The relentless effort by the Wildcats led to new season-highs with 67 kills and 103 digs.  Wildcats won 3-2; 25-20, 20-25, 23-25, 25-15, 16-14.

7 – how many errors each team had in the first set.

.088% – the amount IWU improved their hitting in the second set despite failing in set two.

10-1 run by TXWU to start the third set proved to be too much for the Wildcats to overcome.

2 – back-to-back service aces by Paige Thibault during the fourth set propelled Wildcats momentum.

6 – TXWU unanswered points during the final set.

Four Wildcats posted double-digit kills leading was Victoria Johnson and Macy Puthoff with new career highs recording 15 apiece.

Olivia Zawadzki recorded a new career-high with 56 assists and five blocks.

Wildcats defense collected a season-high 103 digs led by Thibault (25), Martina Demarchi (21), Ana Collar (21)

Pool play action continues Wednesday morning at 11:30am EST as the Wildcats face No. 1 Jamestown University. 

MEN’S BASKETBALL SWEEPS UP THE MAPLE LEAFS

MARION, Ind. – No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball swept up the Maple Leafs Tuesday by a score of 91-65. IWU forced 26 turnovers for a season-best by the red and gray.

IWU would go on a 9-0 run after Goshen took their only lead of the contest at the 13:34 mark in the first half. Kliewer would fuel the run-scoring five points, grabbing three rebounds, and collecting a steal.

Indiana Wesleyan came out at halftime on a 12-0 run, while turning up the defensive pressure, forcing seven turnovers during their run.

IWU led by 24 with 12 minutes left in the contest.

4- total number of IWU dunks tonight, Adetukasi (2) Maxwell (1) Thompson III (1)

60% – what IWU was shooting at the second media timeout

11 – the number of times Goshen coughed it up in the second half

20 – the second-most turnovers in a game so far this season for IWU

15 – a new season-high in steals for the Wildcats

34 – how many more paint points IWU had compared to GC

Dan Largey – 18 points

Seth Maxwell – 16 points

Spencer Piercefield – 12 points, 4 steals (most by a Wildcats this season)

Griffin Kliewer – 14 points, a career high

IWU faces No. 1 Saint Francis on the road Saturday for a 3 p.m. start.

MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM TRAVELS TO WABASH ON WEDNESDAY AT 7:30 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s basketball team renews a historic in-state rivalry with a trip to Wabash College on Wednesday at 7:30 pm.

ROSE-HULMAN GAME NOTES:

* Rose-Hulman won the Marymount Invitational as part of the team’s first 3-0 start since the 1991-92 season.  The Fightin’ Engineers defeated Washington & Lee 69-64 and Marymount 65-60 to win the event.

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

* Hicks and Dillon Duff both led Rose-Hulman with 16 points in the team’s most recent game, a narrow 72-66 loss to DePauw on Sunday at Hulbert Arena.

* Rose-Hulman has a roster featuring players from across the nation.  The 18-player team comes to Terre Haute from nine different states.

* Head coach Rusty Loyd enters this contest with a career NCAA coaching record of 108-69.  Loyd has led Rose-Hulman to one regular season HCAC title and three appearances in the HCAC Tournament Championship Game.

WABASH GAME NOTES:

* Wabash stands 3-2 on the season and is 1-0 in NCAC play after defeating Denison 92-87 on Sunday.

* Wabash defeated No. 13 ranked Emory 98-90 on Nov. 20 as part of the Great Lakes Invitational.

* Wabash will host the Great Lakes Invitational in 2022, and Rose-Hulman has been selected to be part of the elite field (see story here)

* Jack Davidson is widely considered one of the top players in NCAA Division III basketball.  Davidson enters today’s game with 1,756 career points.

SERIES HISTORY:

* Overall Record: Wabash leads 73-44

* Current Streak: Rose-Hulman won 1

* Last Meeting: RHIT 76, WAB 64 on 12/17/2019

* Last Wabash Win: WAB 77, RHIT 74 on 11/26/2018

TYLER MURPHY PICKS UP SECOND TEAM ALL-REGION AWARD

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The United Soccer Coaches Association (USCA) unveiled the 2021 NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer All-Region teams with sophomore forward Tyler Murphy [Greenfield, Ind. / Greenfield Central] garnering Second Team All-Region honors.

It is first time in Murphy’s career that he has been named All-Region. He was also a First Team All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) recipient and was tabbed MIAA Men’s Soccer Offensive Athlete of the Week three times. Murphy hit the back of the net in the 1-0 overtime win against top-seeded Calvin University in the MIAA Semifinals and scored the game-winning goal of the MIAA Championship at Kalamazoo College.

Murphy scored a team-high 17 goals and notched three assists to total 37 points. He finished third overall in the region in total goals. The forward also led the team with six game-winning goals during the 2021 season and was true on his only penalty kick attempt.

WOMEN’S SOCCER HAS TWO NAMED TO ALL-REGION TEAMS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The United Soccer Coaches have announced the 2021 edition of their NCAA Division III All-Region awards and the Trine University women’s soccer team placed a pair of athletes on the list.

Freshman Teresa Ashbrook (Dewitt, Mich. / Dewitt) garnered first team honors, the first student-athlete to garner the award in the programs NCAA history, while classmate Ellie Price (Terre Haute, Ind. / Terre Haute North Vigo) became the second player to earn third team honors.

Ashbrook takes home the award following a record breaking first season. She finished the year with 39 points and 18 goals, both NCAA program records, and was selected first team All Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) by member coaches.

Price made an immediate impact on the defensive end of the pitch helping the team to finish with a program record 12 shutouts and aiding the team’s keepers in finishing with a low 0.89 goals-against average.

The Thunder finished their season with their first appearance in the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship and as runners-up in the MIAA tournament. They finished with an overall record of 15-5-2, a program high win total.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SEVENTH IN D3HOOPS.COM NATIONAL POLL

ANGOLA, Ind. – In the week one D3hoops.com national poll, the Trine University women’s basketball team was voted seventh in NCAA DIII.

Trine is 5-1 overall this season and picked up a 75-54 win at Ohio Northern University over the weekend. On their home floor, the Thunder are 2-0 this season with wins over Kenyon College and Denison University.

Nationally, Trine is third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.41) and sixth in field goal percentage (47.6%) as a team.

In the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) poll, the Thunder were tied for 13th with Simpson Univversity.

The Thunder enter into Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play this week when the Thunder take on the Bulldogs of Adrian College on Wednesday, December 1 at 7:30 pm in the MTI Center.

THUNDER RANKED 14TH IN D3HOOPS.COM POLL

ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University men’s basketball team is ranked 14th in the week one D3hoops.com national poll.

Trine is off to a 5-1 start in the 2021-22 season, including their most recent victory over previously undefeated Baldwin Wallace University, 72-70. The Yellow Jackets are receiving votes in the week one rankings.

The lone loss this season came against #12 University of Mount Union, but Trine has a chance to pick up a victory over a top 10 opponent in two weeks when the eighth-ranked University of Wisconsin-La Crosse comes to the MTI Center.

The next game on the schedule for men’s basketball comes versus Heidelberg University at home on Wednesday, December 8 at 7 pm.

MEN’S BASKETBALL RECEIVES VOTES IN D3HOOPS.COM TOP 25 POLL

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s basketball team has received votes as part of the D3hoops.com Top 25 Week 1 poll announced Monday afternoon.

The D3hoops.com Top 25 is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country, and is published weekly.

Hanover sits at 3-0 overall after defeating non-conference opponents Wabash, Spalding, and Wittenberg.

The Panthers are set to open the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with Anderson on Wednesday, December 1. Hanover and the Ravens were projected the favorites to win the HCAC.

THE TOURNEY RETURNS TO FORT WAYNE – DIVISION III MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNS MARCH 18 & 19

Fort Wayne, Ind. – After three years, the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship returns to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on March 18 & 19 for a weekend of basketball and celebrations. Fort Wayne is set to host the championships through 2026.
 
“After hosting a successful 2019 Championship full of fanfare, we’re excited to return to Fort Wayne, and once again crown a Division III Men’s Basketball Champion in the heart of basketball country,” says Alex Mortillaro, NCAA Coordinator of Championships and Alliances.
 
Tickets will go on sale on December 3, and those who buy tickets that day will be treated to a special one-day deal of 4 tickets for $80!
 
Regular-priced tickets are $30 for adults; $25 for students/seniors/military for an all-session ticket. Find more information and purchase tickets in advance at muspartans.com/ncaa
 
“As a participating team in the 2019 Championship, the experience of walking into the arena and having fans not only from the participating schools but from the community in the stands, was an amazing feeling. While we’re excited to be getting back to the game we love, we’re excited to be once again welcomed back into Fort Wayne, a city who really knows how to celebrate,” says Mike Schauer, NCAA Committee Chair.
 
Manchester University, Visit Fort Wayne, and the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum – the local hosts of the Division III Men’s Basketball Championship – are ready to show once again why Fort Wayne’s great venue, hospitality, and community are a perfect home for the Division III Men’s Basketball Championship.
 
The annual economic impact is estimated at $575,000 for each year of the championship.
 
The march to Fort Wayne starts now! In less than 110 days, Fort Wayne will once again be a part of NCAA Championship history.
 
For more information on the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship, please contact the following representatives: 

JUNIOR GUARD JALAN MULL BECOMES 41ST COUGAR TO REACH 1,000 CAREER POINTS!

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The No. 1 University of Saint Francis Cougars are excited to announce that junior guard Jalan Mull reached 1,000 career points in Tuesday night’s 94-61 win over the Spring Arbor Cougars.

Mull became the 41st player in USF program history to reach the 1,000 point milestone joining teammate Antwaan Cushingberry as the two active players.

“Jalan has really become a reliable scorer for us,” Head Coach Chad LaCross said of his junior guard. “His growth and maturity over the course of his career has elevated him into being one of the best guards in our league. He has always been known for his great defense but has worked hard to develop his offensive game. This is a great accomplishment and I am happy for Jalan to achieve this milestone in his career.”

Through 10 games this season, Mull has totaled 136 points, third most on the team behind Cushingberry and David Ejah, while helping guide the Cougars to a 10-0 start to begin the campaign.

Last season during the Cougars’ run to the NAIA Final Four, Mull had his best year yet totaling 486 points to go with 150 rebounds and 164 assists averaging just over 13 points per game.

The Cougars will have their work cut out for them the next couple games as they face RV Grace College Lancers on Wednesday evening on the road before playing host to the No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats on Saturday at 3:00.

JARED JOHNSON NAMED CCAC MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

CHICAGO — Junior Jared Johnsonhas been named Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his performance against first place and No. 23 Olivet Nazarene last Tuesday.

Johnson was awarded this honor after leading IU Northwest to a 94-81 upset victory against CCAC leader Olivet Nazarene. The junior tied for the team lead with 21 points while shooting 9-15 from the floor, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out six assists.

IU Northwest Men’s Basketball will be back in action Wednesday, December 1 as the RedHawks host University of St. Francis (Ill.) at the Savannah Center starting at 7:30 p.m. CT. Fans can watch the game on our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/IndianaUniversityNorthwestRedHawks

PNW HOCKEY APPROVED TO JOIN ACHA DIVISION 1

UNION LAKE, Mich. – The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), recently announced Purdue University Northwest has been approved for the ACHA Division 1 level starting in the 2022-23 season. The current PNW Division 2 program will transition to Division 1, while the Pride will continue to field a Division 3 team.

“On behalf of the Pride of PNW, we are excited to compete at the highest level of ACHA.” said Rick Costello, PNW Director of Athletics. “We look forward to creating outstanding rivalries with the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League institutions.”

PNW will join the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (GLCHL) which includes Adrian College, Calvin University, Davenport University, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Oakland University and Western Michigan University. The GLCHL has featured two national champions over the previous decade.

The Pride are among four teams to be approved for D1 competition, including The College of New Jersey, University of Oregon and San Diego State University. With the addition of the four new members, there will be a total of 72 teams playing ACHA Men’s Division I in 24 states during the 2022-23 season.

“We’re thrilled to accept these four institutions into Men’s Division I to start next season,” said Craig Barnett, ACHA Executive Director. “We’re really excited to bring in two programs in Purdue University Northwest and The College of New Jersey to solidify our Men’s Division I footprint in the Northeast and Midwest. We’re also continuing our mission to grow the game of hockey across America, but especially in the West, by admitting two great schools in San Diego State University and University of Oregon to the ranks of Men’s Division I.”

PNW’s Division 2 program, in just its third season, has already achieved a program-record nine wins on the ice this fall. The Pride have logged three victories over D1 opponents including Western Michigan and Northern Illinois (twice).

First-year head coach Nick Tomczyk is no stranger to building programs at the D1 level. He helped start the ACHA D1 hockey program at Rochester College, where he was head coach for three years, and he also served as associate head coach for the ACHA D1 team at Oakland University. Tomczyk’s most recent stint before PNW was with the current reigning NCAA Division I national runner-up, St. Cloud State.

“I would like to thank Chancellor Keon and Director of Athletics Rick Costello for their outstanding support and vision to transition the ice hockey program to ACHA Division I,” Tomczyk said. “I would also like to thank Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League Commissioner Brian Moran, and the league members for showing support as we officially transition into the league. Having their support through this process was essential, and for that we are grateful.

Second, this is a big step for our program and we are looking forward to the opportunity to grow as we compete at a higher level. It’s an honor and a privilege to be with this team at this time in its history, and we are unified in our excitement for what we will continue to build this season.”

PNW hockey teams play home games at the brand-new $7.5 million Kube Sports Complex located in Hammond, Ind. near campus.

All PNW home ice hockey games are streamed live on JEDtv.com. For all schedules, rosters, and live-streaming for PNW hockey, please visit PNWathletics.com.

SMWC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SEES BEST START SINCE 2011

The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College women’s basketball team has had a great start with a 5-2 record, the best start for the Pomeroys since 2011. This is an impressive feat as they compete in their first season in the River States Conference (RSC) as a part of the College’s move to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Second-year coach Scot MacAllister credits the intense work his team has been doing. “We’re witnessing, every day, how hard the kids are working and holding themselves and each other to a higher standard. That work ethic has led to their improvement as well as our team improvement,” says MacAllister.

Currently, there are six Pomeroys ranked in the top 25 in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association standings while the team is in the top 10 in four other categories.

Team Rankings:

Second in field goal percentage

Third in 3-point field goal percentage

Third in free throw percentage

Seventh in total team scoring

Individual Rankings:

Sydney Ingram (G) and Aliyah Williams (F) Top 25 in scoring

Allyson Hardiek (S) — First in field goal percentage at 71.1%

Sydney Ingram — Eighth in field goal percentage

Sydney Ingram — First in 3-point field goal percentage

Sydney Ingram — Seventh in free throw percentage

Aliyah Williams — Twelfth in free throw percentage

Abby Worley (F) — Fourteenth in free throw percentage

Avalee Jeffers (S) — First in total blocks and ninth in total rebounds

Abby Worley — Third in total assists

Aliyah Williams — Sixth in total assists

Avalee Jeffers — Twelfth in total assists

Destiny Thomas (F) — Fourteenth in total assists

Coach MacAllister is proud of his team but not surprised by their results. “It’s a great group to work with as they don’t care who gets the credit. They care about each other and competing to the best of their individual and collective abilities. They continue to show resiliency and an ability to continue to compete even when things aren’t going well, they analyze and ‘dig in’ to get it done.”

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | OFFENSE FALTERS IN MEN’S BASKETBALL ROAD LOSS TO MVNU

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – Taylor saw its four-game win streak come to a halt on Tuesday evening, as the Trojan offense could not get on track in a 66-46 loss at Mount Vernon Nazarene.

Jason Hubbard became the 32nd player in TU men’s basketball history to surpass 1,300-career points, posting 16 points, six rebounds, four steals and one block in another all-around effort and ending the night at 1,307.

Kaden Fuhrmann led the squad in scoring with 18 points on five-of-13 shooting from three-point range but only three other Trojans found the scoring column and no others had more than five points, as the supporting cast accounted for just 12 points on five-of-19 shooting.

Overall, Taylor shot just 32.7 percent from the field and seven-of-26 from deep, while finishing the night with only 16 made field goals compared to 20 turnovers.

MVNU (8-3, 1-2 CL) also struggled against TU’s perimeter defense with just eight makes in 24 attempt from beyond the arc, but went 17-of-27 from two-point range and converted the 20 Taylor turnovers into 25 points on the other end.

Taylor (4-6, 2-1 CL) will look to rebound when it hosts No. 11 Marian (6-2, 1-2 CL) on Saturday at 3:00 pm.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TAYLOR FOOTBALL TOPS NATION WITH 15 ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS

UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor football program led all NAIA and NCAA football programs in the nation with a program-record 15 CoSIDA Academic All-District awards, as recently announced by College Sports Information Directors of America.

Sean Callahan, Stephen Ellis, Grant Gerig, Elijah Gurley, Hutson Hohlbein, Brendan Lamb, Titus Martin, Michael Medlock, Josh Saltzgaber, Zac Saltzgaber, Zane Shilts, Justin Tolle, Bryce Vasvari, Tyler Watson and Hojun Yun all represented Taylor on the prestigious list, helping the Trojans edge NCAA Division III Johns Hopkins by one for the most awards in the nation across all levels.

In addition to leading all colleges in CoSIDA Academic All-District honors and being one of only two programs in the nation to have at least 10 awards, Taylor accounted for 15 of the 28 total honors received by the Mid-States Football Association, easily distancing Concordia’s tally of seven and Olivet Nazarene’s third-highest league total of three.

The Taylor football program has now claimed 63 CoSIDA Academic All-District nods in the past eight seasons, while the program-record 15 honors in 2021 upped Taylor University’s NAIA and NCAA-leading overall total to 32 awards from the sports of football, volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer.

Callahan collected his second CoSIDA Academic All-District award in as many years with a 3.68 cumulative grade-point average in sport management. The junior continued his role as a long snapper for the TU special teams unit.

Ellis boasts a 4.00 cumulative GPA in management and earned the CoSIDA honor in his first year of eligibility. The sophomore running back averaged 4.7 yards per rush and found the end zone seven times.

Gerig claimed CoSIDA Academic All-District accolades for a fourth-straight year with a 3.75 GPA in elementary education. The first-semester grad student and wide receiver averaged 14.2 yards per carry and 11.0 yards per reception as a key playmaker in TU’s offense.

Gurley was one of five TU starters on the offensive line to be named CoSIDA Academic All-District. The senior left tackle took his first CoSIDA nod by starting all 10 games for the Trojans and owning a 3.61 cumulative GPA in management.

Hohlbein made his first appearance on the CoSIDA Academic All-District list with a 3.96 GPA in political science, philosophy and economics. The sophomore wide receiver averaged 17.6 yards per catch in 2021.

Lamb also collected his first CoSIDA Academic All-District award with a 3.96 grade-point average in management and marketing. The second-year running back averaged 84.0 yards per game and tallied seven touchdowns.

Martin took the honor for a second-straight year, after maintaining a 3.30 cumulative GPA in management and marketing. The senior left guard helped Taylor end the regular season ranked No. 17 in the NAIA with 24 rushing touchdowns.

Medlock was named CoSIDA Academic All-District for the first time with a 3.80 grade-point average in art education. The junior center helped a powerful TU ground game rush for at least 115 yards in nine-of-10 contests.

Saltzgaber earned a third Academic All-District award from CoSIDA and owns a cumulative GPA of 3.75 in social studies education. The senior linebacker started all 10 games for the Purple and Gold and logged 84 tackles, seven hits for lost yardage and two interceptions.

Saltzgaber collected a second CoSIDA Academic All-District award with his cumulative 3.67 GPA in finance. The senior started nine games for Taylor at the quarterback position in 2021, marking his third-straight season as a starter.

Shilts earned the honor for a second time in as many years, handling the kicking duties for Taylor and posting a cumulative GPA of 3.45 in computer engineering. The junior connected on four field goals and went a perfect 29-of-29 in point-after attempts.

Tolle took CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for the first time, with a 3.60 grade-point average in management. The senior right guard was a key piece in Taylor averaging over 180 rushing yards per game during the fall campaign.

Vasvari rounded out TU’s list of five offensive lineman to take the honor, boasting a cumulative GPA of 3.61 in biology science education. The junior right tackle’s efforts helped Taylor turn in two games with over 300 yards on the ground and three outings with over 250 rushing yards.

Watson was named CoSIDA Academic All-District for a second time for his 3.87 cumulative GPA in human physiology and preventative medicine. The senior cornerback posted 55 tackles during his final collegiate campaign, adding six pass breakups and one interception.

Yun rounded out the list of 15 Trojans to be named CoSIDA Academic All-District with a 3.97 cumulative GPA in exercise science. The sophomore safety claimed his first honor and closed the year with 29 tackles and two interceptions in the TU secondary.

The CoSIDA Academic All-District award is designed to showcase student-athletes for outstanding work in the classroom, as well as on the field or court of play. In order to be eligible for the honor, an athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30, must have reached sophomore status academically with at least one full year at their current institution and must have participated in over half of the team’s contests as a key contributor during the current season.

Student-athletes are nominated for the award by their institution’s Sports Information Department and selected via a national vote by CoSIDA members.

The 15 Taylor student-athletes will each advance to the ballot for CoSIDA Academic All-American honors, with that list set to be announced on December 17.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: IU EAST 94, POINT PARK 76

RICHMOND, Ind. – A well-rested Indiana University East women’s basketball team returned to action after a 10-day break in the schedule with a 94-76 victory over Point Park University on Nov. 30.

With the River States Conference win on Lingle Court, the Red Wolves are now 8-2 overall and 2-0 in the league. The Pioneers are 4-3, 0-3.

IU East had six players in double figures led by Kennedy Griffin, who finished with 20 points.

Marissa Quiroz was next with 18, while the others were Addie Brown 14, Tia Tolbert 11, Kami McEldowney 11 and Bethany Mackin 10.

Tolbert recorded a double-double for the first time for IU East with 11 rebounds.

“We’ve been practicing really hard,” Tolbert said. “We are focusing on improving everything.”

A top team goal was rebounding after the Red Wolves had lost the battle on the boards in their last three contests.

“We’ve been really keying in on that,” Tolbert added. “We knew we had to work really hard to be successful.”

Both teams had 47 rebounds on Tuesday night.

“We all played our roles really well and that allowed me and my temmates to get rebounds,” Tolbert said. “We still have a lot of work to do, but it was a good team effort.”

Brown led the way with five assists and Mackin had five steals.

The Red Wolves grabbed an early 17-7 advantage midway through the opening quarter and eventually led 24-20 at the first stop. By the intermission, IU East was on top 52-38.

U East is now 4-0 at home this season. The Red Wolves lead the all-time series against the Pioneers at 9-4.

“It’s going to push us,” Tolbert said of the victory. “It’s really good for us to have this win.”

Next up for the Red Wolves is a trip to Carlow University on Saturday, Dec. 4. Part of a men’s and women’s doubleheader with the Celtics, the RSC contest is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

WBB FALLS IN QUAKER BOWL

RICHMOND — The Earlham College women’s basketball team fell in the Quaker Bowl rivalry game to Wilmington College 93-65 on Tuesday evening.

Earlham fell to 0-5 while Wilmington improved to 3-2.

Janaiya Bright led the offense with 19 points. The freshman also tied for the team-high in rebounds with seven. Alexis Gibson was the other Quaker with seven rebounds, she also equalled Amari Bradford with 13 points on the evening. Gibson also led the contest with five steals.

Earlham struggled to score early, and faced an 18-0 deficit after five minutes of play. This struggle was echoed in the Quaker’s first quarter shooting percentage of 17.6%.

The Earlham offense gained some traction in the second quarter and shot at a 47% clip through the remainder of the contest.

While Earlham managed to score more consistently after the first quarter, Wilmington kept the pressure on throughout the game with its high-powered offense.

The WIlmington duo of Kennedy Lewis and Zahrya Bailey were too much together for the Quakers to handle. The pair combined for 39 points, 14 rebounds and six steals.

Earlham will have the rest of the week to iron out any issues before the conference slate begins on Saturday. Manchester University will be bringing both its men’s and women’s squads to Druley Performance Gym to begin HCAC competition for Earlham in the 2021-22 season. Tip-off for the women’s game is set for 1 pm.

NO. 11 MARIAN HANDS PILOTS FIRST LEAGUE LOSS OF SEASON

INDIANAPOLIS – Bethel Men’s Basketball lost their first Crossroads League game of the season, falling to No. 11 Marian 82-63 on Tuesday evening. Brandon Hunt led the Pilots with 16 points and 5 rebounds, shooting 6-9 from the field.

GAME VITALS

Score: Marian def. Bethel 82-63

Records: Bethel (6-4, 2-1) | Marian (6-2, 1-2)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR | Marian – No. 11

Location: Physical Education Center | Marian University | Indianapolis, Ind.

STAT TRACKER

Brandon Hunt: 16 pts, 5 reb, 1 blk

Nathan Aerts: 13 pts, 5 reb, 4 stl

Jared DeHart: 10 pts, 2-4 3-pt

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

Brandon Hunt has recorded a block in seven of his first ten career games and is averaging 10.6 point, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game and slashing .556/.556/.842 to start his career.

The Knights took control of the game with a 15-0 run in the opening minutes to take a 19-5 lead early on.

The Knights outrebounded the Pilots 46-26.

The Knights went 18-25 from the field within three feet of the hoop, while the Pilots went just 9-17.

The Pilots recorded season-lows in points, field goals made, field goals, attempted, free throw percentage and defensive and total rebounds.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots host (RV) Grace in the Wiekamp Athletic Center on Saturday at 3:00 pm.

HU NEEDS EXTRA PERIOD TO PICK UP FIRST CL WIN

SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – It took an extra session for the HU men’s basketball team to escape McDonald Athletic Center with an 80-75 decision over Spring Arbor Tuesday night. The Crossroads League brawl saw Zach Goodline take control of the overtime to send his team home with a coveted league road win.

After taking the ball coast-to-coast to kiss one off the glass at the buzzer in regulation to send it to overtime, the junior playmaker scored all but four of HU’s points in the extra period to will his team to their first CL victory.

In the extra five minutes, Ben Humrichous opened up Huntington’s scoring with a slashing layup after which Goodline struck for six straight points. The guests’ final two points belonged to Lane Sparks who sealed the win with a pair of freebies that extended the game to two possessions with less than ten seconds remaining.

Goodline finished with a game-best 26 points which included going 8-for-9 from the charity stripe. His heroics also included getting his team on track in the first half. After managing just five points through the opening eight minutes, the Foresters got the lift they needed when the 6-1 guard rattled off eight consecutive points that sparked a 13-0 run to put the Foresters on top 18-14 by the 9:30 mark.

While it was a close ballgame after that, Alford’s crew held the lead more often than not well into the second frame until Daniel Cluster knocked down a jumper and capitalized on an and one for a 55-53 SAU advantage with just over seven minutes to go. The Cougars wouldn’t trail again until just over 60 seconds into the extra period when Goodline canned a pair of free tosses that finally got Huntington over the hump to reclaim a lead for good.

In addition to Goodline’s 26 points, Humrichous added 18 which included posting five points in the final minute of regulation that set the stage for OT. He also collected four rebounds, three blocks, two steals and two assists for an impressive all-around performance.

Hank Pulver poured in 14 points while Spencer Ballinger enjoyed team-high rebounding honors with seven off the bench.

Cluster finished with 19 points to pace the Cougars. Other double-digit scorers for Spring Arbor included Elie White with 16 and Kevyn Robertson with 12.

The win bumps Huntington’s overall record to 7-3 which includes a 1-3 CL record. The Foresters return to Platt Arena on Saturday to host Mount Vernon at 3:00 p.m.

GRENADIERS FALL TO ASBURY UNIVERSITY 80-61

WILMORE, Ky. – The IU Southeast women’s basketball team fell 80-61 to Asbury University on Tuesday.

Leah Miller led the Grenadiers in scoring with 15 points. Lauren Lambdin added 14 points, and Brynna Blackburn scored 10 points off the bench. Lettie Nice led the team with 11 rebounds.

IU Southeast (5-5, 2-1 RSC) jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead, hitting their first two shots of the game. The teams traded baskets back and forth throughout the quarter. With the score tied 12-12, Asbury ended the quarter on a 6-1 run to take an 18-13 lead heading into the second quarter.

The Grenadiers opened the second quarter with a 10-0 run to take a 23-18 lead. Asbury would battle their way back, and the two teams struggled to maintain an advantage in the quarter. Asbury took a five-point lead of their own, but the Grenadiers answered, tying the game at 34-34. An Asbury three-pointer gave them a 39-37 lead over IU Southeast at halftime.

The third quarter is where Asbury pulled away. The Grenadiers went 3-22 from the field, getting outscored 21-9 in the quarter. Asbury ended the third quarter on a 9-0 run to take a 60-46 lead. 

Asbury never let their lead fall below 11 in the fourth quarter, extending their lead to as many as 21 points. The Grenadiers tried to fight their way back early in the quarter, but Asbury thwarted every IU Southeast run. Asbury would go on to win 80-61. 

The two teams shot similar percentages from the field, but Asbury pulled away by hitting nine more three pointers than IU Southeast. The Grenadiers hit just six of their 24 threes, while Asbury went 15-35 from deep. IU Southeast went 11-16 from the free throw line.

IU Southeast travels to St. Mary-of-the-Woods on Saturday.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL LOSES TO OAKLAND CITY 88-62

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo women’s basketball team fell to conference foe Oakland City Tuesday evening, 88-62. With the loss, the Cougars are now 1-7 and 0-4 in River States Conference play.

Oakland City scored the first eight points of the contest before IU Kokomo scored five straight points to cut the lead to three. The Mighty Oaks outscored the Cougars 10-4 over the final three and a half minutes of the opening quarter.

An Anya Friend layup on the fastbreak opened the scoring in the second quarter and cut the Oakland City lead to single digits. Friend had seven second quarter points on 3-3 shooting from the field in the period, but the Mighty Oaks controlled play and took a 48-22 lead into halftime.

The second half proved to be a tale of two quarters. Oakland City outscored IU Kokomo by twelve in the third quarter, but the Cougars responded by outscoring the Mighty Oaks by 12 in the fourth quarter.

The Cougars were led by Gabrielle Joyner with 17 points while Anya Friend added 15.

IU Kokomo will return to the court Saturday afternoon, December 4, as they host Midway University in another RSC matchup. Tipoff is set for 3:00 p.m.

STRONG SECOND HALF PROPELS MEN’S BASKETBALL TO VICTORY OVER MIGHTY OAKS

KOKOMO, Ind. – A strong second half from the Indiana University Kokomo men’s basketball team propelled them to an 81-58 victory over Oakland City University on Tuesday night. The Cougars posted 49 points in the second half, their highest point total in a half this season.

The win is the fourth straight for the Cougars and improves their record to 9-2 on the season and 3-1 in River States Conference action.

Trequan Spivey put on a show tonight, scoring at-will from the start of the game. The senior finished with a season-high 31 points, just two off his career-high. Spivey shot 47 percent from the field and was 13-of-14 from the charity stripe.

IU Kokomo played from behind most of the first half, falling behind early 5-0. Spivey converted a pair of free throws at the 14:55 mark to even things at nine. The Cougars first lead came with 9:04 left in the opening half when Spivey knocked down two more free throws to make the score 20-18. A triple from the Mighty Oaks gave them a 21-20 lead with 8:33 to go and Oakland City would hang on to the lead for the remainder of the half.

The Cougars trailed 34-32 going into halftime.

In the first five minutes of the second half, the Cougars took command of the game, using a 13-4 run to take a 45-38 lead, one they would never relinquish. IU Kokomo continued to pour it on as Spivey gave them their first 20 point lead of the game with two free throws. With 3:13 to go, Hunter Jackson drained a three, putting IU Kokomo in front by 25 points, their largest lead of the night. Chiris Chin turned a Noah Harris steal into two points with 1:07 left for the Cougars’ final bucket of the night.

Allanter Harper got going in the Cougars’s strong second half, scoring 16 of his 18 total points in the final 20 minutes. The Indianapolis, Indiana native led the team with three steals. The Cougars nabbed a season-high 11 steals against the Mighty Oaks.

Harris recorded his third double-figure scoring effort tonight as the freshman was a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor and 1-of-1 from the free throw line for 11 points. Desean Hampton was the fourth Cougar in double figures, scoring 12 points.

Chin provided a spark off the bench, playing 19 minutes, scoring four points, and grabbing a team-high six rebounds.

The Cougars will return to action on Saturday as they host Midway inside the Student Activities & Events Center. Tipoff is set for 1:00 p.m.

LANCERS WIN NCCAA OPENER

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Grace’s men’s soccer team took care of business in its opening game at the 2021 NCCAA National Championships.

Grace shut out Oakland City 2-0 on Tuesday to begin pool play. Martim Cardoso and Ze Maria Goncalves scored the goals during Grace’s win.

The Lancers (12-9-1) outshot OCU by a commanding margin of 22-5 on Tuesday.

The final match of pool play for Grace is Wednesday at 6 p.m. against Judson. Grace can win its pool and advance to the national semifinals with either a win or a draw against Judson.

The first half was fast and physical with both teams pushing aggressively for the opening goal.

As the half progressed, Grace’s skill on the ball and in possession began to manifest itself.

Midway into the half, Cardoso had a golden opportunity. After a leading pass from Ethan Vigario, Cardoso had a 1-on-1 with OCU’s goalkeeper, but his poked shot went wide of the mark.

Ten minutes later, Grace had two shots in rapid succession. Dan Allen’s header off a corner was saved, and Jules Peycelon’s long-range attempt also forced a leaping save.

With eight minutes left in the half, Grace found its breakthrough goal. Goncalves served a cross in front of the goal, and Martim Cardoso finished off the cross from close range for a 1-0 lead.

Grace nearly doubled its lead a few minutes before halftime. Tyler Brueckman tried a one-time volley from outside the box that beat the goalkeeper but bounced off the goal post.

The Lancers carried their one-goal advantage into halftime. Grace limited OCU to just one shot attempt in the first half.

Grace, on the other hand, shot eight times and also had three corner kicks.

The Lancers resumed their offensive advantage to begin the second half. Cedric Brenneman fired a shot that was a few feet wide of the net. Not long after, TJ White drilled a low blast that was parried to the right of goal.

Grace had no trouble generating chances after halftime. The Lancers shot 14 times with six of those being on target.

The insurance goal for Grace occurred in the 77th minute. Cardoso broke away for a shot at OCU’s goal. His attempt was blocked, and the rebound was calmly placed into the open net by Goncalves.

Matteo Conci saved the only shot on goal by Oakland City to preserve the shutout victory. He was defended well by starters Flavio Cruz, Allen and Korry Hamlin.

Overall, 22 players saw the field for Grace with 10 of those players recording a shot attempt.

RANKED WILDCATS CONTINUE STREAK IN WIN OVER LEAFS

MARION, Ind. – The #8 Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats took down Goshen 91-65 in men’s basketball action on Tuesday night in Marion. The Wildcats remain undefeated at home (7-0) and in the Crossroads League (3-0).

IWU was up 12-7 early on, but a three-pointer each by Austin Branagan and Greg Johnson gave the Maple Leafs the advantage. The Wildcats responded and took the lead. Goshen was able to hang with the top-ten team, but an 8-2 Indiana Wesleyan run in the last 1:17 of the first half led to a 51-35 game at the break in favor of the home team.

The Wildcats (9-1, 3-0 CL) defense stepped up at the start of the second half and didn’t allow Goshen to score for the first six and a half minutes. IWU scored 11 in that same time and had a 27-point lead before the Leafs were able to score. GC (2-8, 0-3) outscored Indiana Wesleyan 30-29 in the final 13 minutes and 27 seconds of the game, but the Wildcats had already done the damage. The home team came out victorious, 91-65.

Greg Johnson had an efficient day for the Leafs. He made six of his seven shots on his way to 15 points. He was 2-3 behind the arc and also had three steals. With his performance, the freshman set career highs in points, field goals made, and steals. Michael Johnson, Robert Sanders, Ryan Mansbarger, and Elias Ramirez had at least four rebounds each.

This win is similar to what the Wildcats have been able to do during their previous seven games – having won those games by an average margin of 23 points. Recently they beat #11 Marian by 19 points.

The Maple Leafs will be back at home on Saturday, December 4. They will take on the Spring Arbor Cougars at 3:00 pm in Gunden Gymnasium. The women’s basketball team will play earlier at 1:00 pm. We hope to see you there for both games!

NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS840.6670.03361903-4-05-0-06-1-02-1-06 W
BUFFALO BILLS740.6360.53261823-2-04-2-05-4-03-0-01 W
MIAMI DOLPHINS570.4173.02342793-3-02-4-04-5-02-2-04 W
NEW YORK JETS380.2734.51993342-3-01-5-03-6-00-4-01 W
 
WEST DIVISION
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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS740.6360.02812504-2-03-2-02-4-01-1-04 W
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS650.5451.02732933-3-03-2-04-3-02-1-01 L
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS650.5451.02592953-3-03-2-04-3-01-2-01 W
DENVER BRONCOS650.5451.02281963-3-03-2-03-4-01-1-01 W
 
NORTH DIVISION
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BALTIMORE RAVENS830.7270.02632405-1-03-2-05-3-01-1-02 W
CINCINNATI BENGALS740.6361.03092263-2-04-2-05-2-03-1-02 W
PITTSBURGH STEELERS551.5002.52242673-2-12-3-03-4-01-2-02 L
CLEVELAND BROWNS660.5002.52542674-2-02-4-03-5-01-2-01 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
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TENNESSEE TITANS840.6670.03042904-2-04-2-05-3-03-1-02 L
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS660.5002.03402833-4-03-2-05-3-02-2-01 L
HOUSTON TEXANS290.1825.51642921-4-01-5-02-6-02-1-01 L
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS290.1825.51732832-5-00-4-02-5-00-3-03 L
 
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
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DALLAS COWBOYS740.6360.03262504-2-03-2-05-1-02-0-02 L
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM560.4552.02292823-3-02-3-05-2-01-0-03 W
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES570.4172.53042731-4-04-3-04-4-00-2-01 L
NEW YORK GIANTS470.3643.02022533-3-01-4-03-5-01-2-01 W
 
WEST DIVISION
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ARIZONA CARDINALS920.8180.03102023-2-06-0-05-2-04-0-01 W
LOS ANGELES RAMS740.6362.02992633-2-04-2-05-3-01-2-03 L
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS650.5453.02802482-4-04-1-05-4-01-3-03 W
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS380.2736.02092261-4-02-4-01-6-01-2-03 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
GREEN BAY PACKERS930.7500.02832425-0-04-3-07-2-02-1-01 W
MINNESOTA VIKINGS560.4553.52812763-2-02-4-04-3-02-0-01 L
CHICAGO BEARS470.3644.51792542-3-02-4-02-4-02-1-01 W
DETROIT LIONS0101.0458.01742890-5-00-5-10-7-00-4-02 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS830.7270.03472535-0-03-3-05-3-01-1-02 W
ATLANTA FALCONS560.4553.01993021-4-04-2-02-5-01-2-01 W
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS560.4553.02572492-3-03-3-04-4-01-2-04 L
CAROLINA PANTHERS570.4173.52362532-4-03-3-03-5-02-0-02 L

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
BROOKLYN156.7147-48-24-013-48-21 W
NEW YORK1110.5244.05-66-43-28-94-61 L
PHILADELPHIA1110.5244.05-56-50-46-63-71 W
BOSTON1110.5244.05-46-62-37-86-41 W
TORONTO913.4096.52-87-53-37-83-73 L
 
CENTRAL DIVISON
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
CHICAGO148.6367-47-42-18-56-41 W
MILWAUKEE138.6190.56-47-44-09-58-27 W
CLEVELAND1110.5242.55-66-41-07-54-62 W
INDIANA914.3915.56-43-101-35-104-62 L
DETROIT417.1909.52-82-91-53-112-87 L
 
SOUTHEAST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
MIAMI138.6196-27-63-17-36-41 L
WASHINGTON138.6197-26-63-49-65-51 L
CHARLOTTE1310.5651.07-26-84-29-57-32 L
ATLANTA1110.5242.08-23-83-16-57-31 L
ORLANDO418.1829.51-83-100-52-161-97 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
UTAH147.6678-46-34-09-26-42 W
MINNESOTA1110.5243.07-64-40-17-87-32 W
DENVER1010.5003.57-43-62-26-64-61 W
PORTLAND1111.5003.510-11-101-26-86-41 W
OKLAHOMA CITY614.3007.54-62-80-26-72-86 L
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
PHOENIX183.8579-29-13-113-310-017 W
GOLDEN STATE183.85711-17-24-110-28-21 L
LA CLIPPERS1110.5247.09-62-40-28-84-62 L
LA LAKERS1211.5227.08-64-51-36-75-52 W
SACRAMENTO814.36410.53-85-62-36-113-72 L
 
SOUTHWEST DIVISION
 WLPCTGBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
DALLAS109.5266-34-65-08-44-62 L
MEMPHIS1110.5247-54-51-19-55-52 W
SAN ANTONIO613.3164.04-62-70-31-103-72 W
NEW ORLEANS617.2616.03-73-101-15-95-51 W
HOUSTON416.2006.54-50-110-22-123-73 W

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS2215433315826012-1-03-3-35-3-2
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS231661331666499-3-17-3-09-1-0
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING211254281067607-3-25-2-26-2-2
DETROIT RED WINGS231193251163727-2-24-7-15-4-1
BOSTON BRUINS191180221057537-4-04-4-06-4-0
BUFFALO SABRES22811319764776-6-12-5-23-6-1
MONTREAL CANADIENS24616214655854-7-12-9-13-6-1
OTTAWA SENATORS1941419446733-7-01-7-11-9-0
 
METROPOLITAN DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
WASHINGTON CAPITALS231445331482577-1-37-3-27-2-1
CAROLINA HURRICANES211551311567476-2-09-3-15-4-1
NEW YORK RANGERS201343291260545-1-18-3-27-2-1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS22107525963615-5-25-2-35-4-1
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS201280241067658-3-04-5-05-5-0
NEW JERSEY DEVILS2097422859636-4-23-3-24-4-2
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS2088420849614-4-24-4-22-6-2
NEW YORK ISLANDERS17510212532520-4-05-6-22-8-0
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
CENTRAL DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
MINNESOTA WILD221561311383668-2-07-4-16-3-1
ST. LOUIS BLUES221273271075627-3-15-4-24-5-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS221291251164637-4-05-5-16-4-0
DALLAS STARS201172241057567-2-14-5-17-3-0
WINNIPEG JETS22108424960617-3-13-5-34-5-1
COLORADO AVALANCHE181161231073567-2-14-4-07-2-1
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS21712216645675-5-12-7-16-4-0
ARIZONA COYOTES23516212542822-6-13-10-14-5-1
 
PACIFIC DIVISION
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
CALGARY FLAMES221345311272434-2-39-2-26-2-2
EDMONTON OILERS201550301377598-1-07-4-06-4-0
ANAHEIM DUCKS231283271175658-4-14-4-26-4-0
SAN JOSE SHARKS221291251260605-4-17-5-05-5-0
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS211290241166647-5-05-4-06-4-0
LOS ANGELES KINGS2198422857596-5-23-3-24-3-3
SEATTLE KRAKEN22813117865775-6-03-7-14-6-0
VANCOUVER CANUCKS23714216653743-6-14-8-12-8-0