INDIANA SRN BROADCAST SCHEDULE
|Wed Nov 24||7:20p||Cathedral @ Chatard||Basketball Girls|
|Sat Nov 27||7:20p||Covenant Christian @ Traders Pt||Basketball|
|Tue Nov 30||7:20p||Park Tudor @ Greenwood Christian||Basketball|
|Tue Nov 30||7:20p||Indpls Math Science @ Central Christian||Basketball|
|Thu Dec 2||7:20p||Ritter @ Covenant Christian||Basketball Girls|
|Fri Dec 3||5:50p||West Vigo vs. @ Greencastle||Basketball Girls|
|Fri Dec 3||7:20p||West Vigo vs. @ Greencastle||Basketball Boys|
|Sat Dec 4||1:20p||Guerin Catholic @ Covenant Christian||Basketball Girls|
|Sat Dec 4||5:20p||Indian Creek @ Greencastle||Basketball Girls|
|Sat Dec 4||7:20p||Covenant Christian @ Scecina||Basketball Boys|
|Sat Dec 4||7:20p||University @ Greenwood Christian||Basketball Boys|
|Sat Dec 4||7:20p||Hamilton Heights vs. @ Guerin Catholic||Basketball Boys|
|Sat Dec 4||7:50p||Indian Creek @ Greencastle||Basketball Boys|
INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
|ALEXANDRIA||69||ANDERSON PREP ACADEMY||36|
|BLOOMINGTON NORTH||66||BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE||47|
|BREBEUF JESUIT||69||INDIANAPOLIS RITTER||64||OT|
|CALUMET||86||SOUTH BEND CAREER||53|
|CARROLL (FLORA)||50||LEWIS CASS||49|
|CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL||66||INDIANAPOLIS RIVERSIDE||56|
|COLUMBUS NORTH||70||HERITAGE CHRISTIAN||53|
|ELKHART CHRISTIAN||70||CLINTON CHRISTIAN||25|
|INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS||79||INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE||44|
|INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL||85||BOWMAN ACADEMY||41|
|LIBERTY CHRISTIAN||85||INDIANA MATH & SCIENCE||45|
|MADISON CHRISTIAN||56||BLOOMINGTON LIGHTHOUSE||48|
|NORTH HARRISON||59||SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH)||45|
|NORTH NEWTON||58||COVENANT CHRISTIAN (DEMOTTE)||45|
|RIVERTON PARKE||47||SOUTH NEWTON||44|
|ROCK CREEK ACADEMY||57||HENRYVILLE||38|
|SOUTH BEND ADAMS||54||MARQUETTE CATHOLIC||53|
|SOUTH BEND RILEY||46||LAPORTE||40|
|SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)||55||WHEELER||37|
|SOUTH DEARBORN||51||RISING SUN||33|
|SOUTH PUTNAM||62||CLAY CITY||56|
|TERRE HAUTE SOUTH||52||CLOVERDALE||39|
|TRINITY LUTHERAN||79||SOUTH DECATUR||71|
|WEST NOBLE||59||EAST NOBLE||48|
|PARIS (ILL.) TOURNAMENT|
|CHARLESTON (ILL.)||53||SOUTH VERMILLION||37|
INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
|BLOOMINGTON LIGHTHOUSE||59||MADISON CHRISTIAN||18|
|BLOOMINGTON NORTH||64||NEW ALBANY||61|
|BOONE GROVE||33||MORGAN TWP.||32|
|CENTERVILLE||45||CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN||30|
|COLUMBUS EAST||71||BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL||50|
|COLUMBUS NORTH||59||FRANKLIN CENTRAL||34|
|COVENANT CHRISTIAN||34||PARKE HERITAGE||33|
|EVANSVILLE CENTRAL||52||NORTH POSEY||31|
|FOREST PARK||40||EVANSVILLE MATER DEI||33|
|FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK||56||FORT WAYNE DWENGER||50|
|FORT WAYNE LUERS||52||EASTSIDE||28|
|FORT WAYNE SNIDER||67||HERITAGE||35|
|FORT WAYNE WAYNE||40||FREMONT||31|
|INDIAN CREEK||58||BEECH GROVE||16|
|INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS||73||INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE||28|
|INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN||53||TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN||28|
|INDIANAPOLIS RIVERSIDE||42||CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL||26|
|INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY||56||INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON||19|
|LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC||64||PIONEER||30|
|NEW PRAIRIE||72||SOUTH BEND CLAY||50|
|NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS)||93||ANDERSON||23|
|NORTH MIAMI||52||LAKELAND CHRISTIAN||23|
|NORTH MONTGOMERY||45||FOUNTAIN CENTRAL||32|
|NORWELL||66||FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA||14|
|PARK TUDOR||65||INDIANA DEAF||23|
|PIKE CENTRAL||47||TELL CITY||33|
|RENSSELAER CENTRAL||60||NORTH WHITE||35|
|SOUTH BEND ADAMS||72||SOUTH BEND RILEY||28|
|SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON||101||SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH||34|
|SOUTH SPENCER||54||MOUNT VERNON (POSEY)||31|
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TOP 25
#1 GONZAGA 83#2 UCLA 63
WISCONSIN 65 #12 HOUSTON 63
#13 ARKANSAS 73 CINCINNATI 67
#14 ILLINOIS 72 KANSAS STATE 64
INDIANA 70 JACKSON STATE 35
NOTRE DAME 90 CHAMINADE 64
VERMONT 58 EVANSVILLE 49
JAMES MADISON 78 WRIGHT STATE 76
TEXAS A&M 57 BUTLER 50
NORTHWESTERN 78 GEORGIA 62
KENT STATE 77 GEORGE WASHINGTON 69
STEPHEN F AUSTIN 79 BUFFALO 78
TOLEDO 68 TULANE 67
MIAMI OHIO 99 DEFIANCE 47
IUPUI 61 SPALDING 41
COASTAL CAROLINA 64 VALPARAISO 61
NEBRASKA 79 TENNESSEE STATE 73
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – TOP 25
#10 LOUISVILLE 72 CAL POLY 32
#21 OHIO STATE 110 BELLARMINE 58
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS EDWARDSVILLE 87 BUTLER 74
CINCINNATI 46 WESTERN CAROLINA 45
ILLINOIS CHICAGO 68 VALPARAISO 64
MIAMI 100 DETROIT 92
NEW YORK 106 LA LAKERS 100
PORTLAND 119 DENVER 100
DALLAS 112 LA CLIPPERS 104 OT
TAMPA BAY 4 PHILADELPHIA 0
DALLAS 4 EDMONTON 1
CALGARY 5 CHICAGO 2
MLS SCOREBOARD – PLAYOFFS
NASHVILLE 3 ORLANDO CITY 1
REAL SALT LAKE 0 SEATTLE 0 (REAL WIN SHOOTOUT 6 – 5)
HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING DUALS
PERU 43 MANCHESTER 34
MONROVIA 44 INDIAN CREEK 29
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS
|2||OHIO STATE (10-1)||4|
|6||NOTRE DAME (10-1)||8|
|7||OKLAHOMA STATE (10-1)||9|
|9||OLE MISS (9-2)||12|
|12||MICHIGAN STATE (9-2)||7|
|15||TEXAS A&M (8-3)||16|
|18||WAKE FOREST (9-2)||10|
|20||NORTH CAROLINA STATE (8-3)||20|
|21||SAN DIEGO STATE (10-1)||19|
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
BALL STATE 20 BUFFALO 3
WESTERN MICHIGAN 42 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 21
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, NOV. 25
FRESNO STATE AT SAN JOSE STATE | 3:30 P.M. | FS1
OLE MISS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
FRIDAY, NOV. 26
BOISE STATE AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 12 P.M. | CBS
KANSAS STATE AT TEXAS | 12 P.M. | FOX
EASTERN MICHIGAN AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
OHIO AT BOWLING GREEN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
UTAH STATE AT NEW MEXICO | 1 P.M. | FS1
IOWA AT NEBRASKA | 1:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
UTEP AT UAB | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
CINCINNATI AT EAST CAROLINA | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
MISSOURI AT ARKANSAS | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
SOUTH FLORIDA AT UCF | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
COASTAL CAROLINA AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
UNLV AT AIR FORCE | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
COLORADO AT UTAH | 4 P.M. | FOX
TCU AT IOWA STATE | 4:30 P.M. | FS1
NORTH CAROLINA AT NC STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN
WASHINGTON STATE AT WASHINGTON | 8 P.M. | FS1
SATURDAY, NOV. 27
GEORGIA AT GEORGIA TECH | 12 P.M. | ABC
PENN STATE AT MICHIGAN STATE | 12 P.M. | FOX
OHIO STATE AT MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | FOX
HOUSTON AT UCONN | 12P.M. | CBSSN
FLORIDA STATE AT FLORIDA | 12 P.M. | ESPN
ARMY AT LIBERTY | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
NAVY AT TEMPLE | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
MARYLAND AT RUTGERS | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
TEXAS TECH AT BAYLOR | 12 P.M. | FS1
WAKE FOREST AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 12 P.M. | ESPN2
MIAMI (OHIO) AT KENT STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
AKRON AT TOLEDO | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
MIAMI (FLA.) AT DUKE | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3
LOUISIANA TECH AT RICE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
UTSA AT NORTH TEXAS | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
CHARLOTTE AT OLD DOMINION | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
TEXAS STATE AT ARKANSAS STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
TROY AT GEORGIA STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN+
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AT SOUTHERN MISS | 3 P.M. | ESPN3
UMASS AT NEW MEXICO STATE | 3 P.M. | FLOSPORTS
HAWAI’I AT WYOMING | 3 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV
ALABAMA AT AUBURN | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
OREGON STATE AT OREGON | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
WESTERN KENTUCKY AT MARSHALL | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
NORTHWESTERN AT ILLINOIS | 3:30 P.M.
INDIANA AT PURDUE | 3:30 P.M.
VANDERBILT AT TENNESSEE | 3:45 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
VIRGINIA TECH AT VIRGINIA | 3:45 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
WISCONSIN AT MINNESOTA | 4 P.M. | FOX
ARIZONA AT ARIZONA STATE | 4 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
TULSA AT SMU | 4 P.M. | ESPN2
UL MONROE AT LOUISIANA | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
TEXAS A&M AT LSU | 7 P.M. | ESPN
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 7 P.M. | STADIUM
WEST VIRGINIA AT KANSAS | 7 P.M. | FS1
OKLAHOMA AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
PITT AT SYRACUSE | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
KENTUCKY AT LOUISVILLE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
CLEMSON AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
TULANE AT MEMPHIS | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
NOTRE DAME AT STANFORD | 8 P.M. | FOX
NEVADA AT COLORADO STATE | 9 P.M. | CBSSN
BYU AT USC | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
CAL AT UCLA | 10:30 P.M. | FS1
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
FRIDAY NOV. 26
CLASS A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
12 PM ET | ADAMS CENTRAL (13-1) VS. INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (14-0)
CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
3:30 PM ET | BREBEUF JESUIT (12-2) VS. GIBSON SOUTHERN (13-1)
CLASS 5A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
7 PM ET | ZIONSVILLE (9-5) VS. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (13-1)
SATURDAY, NOV. 27
CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
12 PM ET | ANDREAN (11-3) VS. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (12-2)
CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
3:30 PM ET | NORTHRIDGE (10-4) VS. MT. VERNON (FORTVILLE) (13-1)
CLASS 6A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
7 PM ET | WESTFIELD (12-1) VS. CENTER GROVE (13-0)
NFL SCHEDULE: WEEK 12
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2021
CHICAGO BEARS AT DETROIT LIONS (THANKSGIVING) 12:30P (ET) 12:30P FOX
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS (THANKSGIVING) 3:30P (CT) 4:30P CBS
BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (THANKSGIVING) 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2021
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
NEW YORK JETS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
ATLANTA FALCONS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
TENNESSEE TITANS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P CBS
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
CLEVELAND BROWNS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2021
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN
AP WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POLL
|1||SOUTH CAROLINA 6-0||750 (30)||1|
|5||NORTH CAROLINA STATE 4-1||623||5|
|13||IOWA STATE 4-0||392||14|
|16||OREGON STATE 3-0||254||15|
|17||FLORIDA STATE 4-0||234||17|
|18||SOUTH FLORIDA 4-2||228||23|
|21||OHIO STATE 3-0||150||21|
|22||WEST VIRGINIA 3-0||128||22|
|23||TEXAS A&M 4-0||126||24|
|24||VIRGINIA TECH 5-0||105||25|
TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES
NO. 1 GONZAGA TURNS SHOWDOWN WITH NO. 2 UCLA INTO 83-63 ROUT
LAS VEGAS (AP) Chet Holmgren swatted the ball off the backboard, turned and coolly brought it up the floor like a spider-legged point guard. He lost a defender with a dribble behind his back at the top of the key, took two steps and stretched out his 7-foot-1 frame for a two-handed dunk.
Gonzaga’s lanky freshman has an unmatched skill set. His team may not have a rival at this point, either.
Holmgren put on a show with an array of dunks and blocked shots, and top-ranked Gonzaga overwhelmed No. 2 UCLA 83-63 Tuesday night to win the Empire Classic.
“This was not a shock to none of us,” Gonzaga forward Drew Timme said. “It’s what we expect of him and what he expects from himself. It’s just Chet. He’s one of a kind.”
The Zags (6-0) played like Vegas headliners, showing there’s a big gap between No. 1 and the current No. 2 with a dazzling display at both ends. Gonzaga shell shocked UCLA (5-1) with a huge early blitz and never let up to beat its second top-5 team this season.
Holmgren stole the show as a soloist at times, denying shots, swooping for dunks and awing the crowd with his agility. He finished with 15 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots.
Andrew Nembhard was the best player on the floor, according to UCLA coach Mick Cronin, finishing with 24 points. Timme was crafty as usual, scoring 18 points in a raucous environment that felt a bit like March Madness.
“It reminded me of something you’d see in a regional final or regional semifinal,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “It was a great atmosphere and it matched perfectly for the game, what was at stake and the two teams that were out there.”
Jaime Jaquez Jr. had 19 points, but had to work for everything he got, and preseason All-American Johnny Juzang was held to 11 points.
UCLA found a bit of a rhythm after an ugly offensive first half but had no chance of stopping the Zags, who shot 56%.
“We’re not a good defensive team and we got exposed by a great team,” Cronin said.
The Strip’s bright lights shined on college hoops luminaries all week, with No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Duke, No. 12 Houston, Arizona, Oregon and Wisconsin appearing on the marquee.
Top billing went to the first No. 1 vs. No. 2 meeting of teams from the Pacific Time Zone.
The Zags and Bruins played an all-timer last April in Indianapolis, an epic Final Four game won by Gonzaga on Jalen Suggs’ running 3-point buzzer beater.
Gonzaga lost Suggs and a few others, but Few filled in the roster holes with transfers and talented freshman, headlined by Holmgren. The Zags have looked just as good, winning their first six games by an average of 31.3 points.
UCLA has everyone back, though big man Cody Riley has been out since injuring his knee in the season opener. The Bruins didn’t look so good against Bellarmine on Monday, prompting Cronin to say his team was not ready for Gonzaga after the 75-62 win.
He was right.
Gonzaga was at its free-flowing best on offense, picking apart the Bruins with crisp cuts and passes. The Zags made eight of their first nine shots and used a 19-2 run to go up 29-8. Even after the pace slowed, Gonzaga still led 45-25 at halftime.
“We didn’t put up much resistance,” Cronin said.
The Zags caused even more problems with their quick hands and feet, swatting away passes and shots to set up transition opportunities.
UCLA took numerous difficult shots and missed most of the open ones it got, going 11 for 41 from the field in the first half.
Even when the Bruins started to somewhat solve Gonzaga’s defense in the second half, they couldn’t stop the Zags.
Holmgren put a punctuation to the crushing, hitting a 3 and waving to the crowd as he ran back.
Cronin nailed it when he said his team was not ready for Gonzaga. The Bruins got steamrolled and will likely drop several spots in Monday’s AP Top 25.
All those new pieces seem to be fitting in nicely with the old ones at Gonzaga, particularly Holmgren.
DICKIE V RETURNS
Dickie V is back, baby!
ESPN analyst Dick Vitale was behind the microphone at T-Mobile Arena for the first time since undergoing cancer treatment.
The 82-year-old announced in October he has lymphoma and had his fourth round of treatment a few days before Tuesday’s game. Vitale got emotional at the opening of the broadcast and got a loud ovation when he was shown on the video board inside the arena.
“He just loves this game and has done so much for this game,” Few said. “What an ambassador he is for college basketball.”
UCLA plays at UNLV on Saturday.
Gonzaga plays No. 5 Duke in Las Vegas Friday.
CINCINNATI MOVES INTO COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF POSITION
(AP) — Cincinnati moved into position to make the College Football Playoff on Tuesday night, climbing a spot to fourth behind Georgia, Ohio State and Alabama.
A team from outside the Power Five conferences has never been selected for the semifinals in the previous seven years of the College Football Playoff.
Ohio State (10-1) moved up to No. 2 from fourth on the strength of a lopsided victory against Michigan State, and Alabama (10-1) slipped back a spot to three. Oregon’s loss to Utah cleared space in the top four and Cincinnati took it, moving up one spot.
Heading into the final full weekend of games, one loaded with playoff and conference championship implications, Cincinnati (11-0) has a realistic path to a playoff spot no matter what happens around the Bearcats.
“We keep trying to stress to our guys we have a ways to go,” Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said in an interview with ESPN. “The recognition is well deserved.”
Cincinnati plays at East Carolina (7-4) on Friday and then meets Houston (10-1), ranked 24th by the committee, in the American Athletic Conference championship game on Dec. 4.
Before this season, no team from a so-called Group of Five conference had ever been ranked better than seventh by the CFP selection committee.
Michigan (10-1) is fifth heading into its game against Ohio State that should produce the Big Ten’s best shot to make the playoff.
Notre Dame (10-1) is sixth. The Fighting Irish’s only loss is to Cincinnati.
Oklahoma State (10-1) at seventh is the highest ranked Big 12 team.
Selection committee chairman Gary Barta, who is also Iowa’s athletic director, said the Bearcats were compared both to the three teams above and below them when the group was sorting through this week’s top 25.
“The strength of schedule is always a conversation with Cincinnati,” Barta said, but added that the Bearcats 48-14 victory against SMU (8-3) left little to complain about this week.
Oklahoma State’s Big 12 rivals Baylor (eighth, 9-2) and Oklahoma (10th, 10-1) round out the top 10 with Mississippi (9-2) in between.
The Sooners play at Oklahoma State on Saturday in a game that will help determine who plays in the Big 12 title game.
The final CFP rankings will be revealed Dec. 5 and the top four teams will play in the semifinals on Dec. 31 in the Orange and Cotton bowls. The national championship game is scheduled for Jan. 10 in Indianapolis.
IS CINCINNATI IN CONTROL OF ITS PLAYOFF HOPES?
It certainly looks that way, but calling it a slam dunk is probably an overstatement. Here is the scenario that makes things most precarious for the Bearcats even if they stay unbeaten.
– Alabama beats Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game, leaving both the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs 12-1 and easy choices to be in the field of four. Alabama with a competitive loss to Georgia will also clearly still be in the mix, though no team with two losses has ever made the playoff.
If any team is going to break that precedent, Alabama is a good bet.
Barta said of the Tide and Ohio State: “Both are considered to be great teams, not just good teams.”
– The winner of Ohio State-Michigan goes on to win the Big Ten, making that team a lock to grab a playoff spot.
– Oklahoma State – or maybe Oklahoma – wins out to leave the Big 12 champion 12-1.
Can Cincinnati hold off a 12-1 Big 12 champion or an 11-2 Alabama with a close loss to Georgia?
No Group of Five team has ever been particularly close to finishing in the top four, even the unbeaten ones like UCF in 2017 and ’18 and Cincinnati last season.
Coming into this season there was little reason to believe a Power Five conference champion with one-loss would be in danger of finishing behind a unbeaten G5 team.
So until it actually happens, feel free to hold onto a little bit of skepticism.
PENN STATE’S FRANKLIN AGREES TO $75M, 10-YEAR EXTENSION
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Penn State football coach James Franklin agreed to a new 10-year contract Tuesday that will guarantee him at least $75 million through 2031.
Franklin and Penn State’s Board of Trustees agreed to the terms, which include a yearly base salary of $7 million, retention bonuses of $500,000 each year and a $1 million annual loan for life insurance.
Franklin is 67-32 at Penn State with seven bowl appearances in his eight seasons. The Nittany Lions won the Big Ten championship in 2016.
A Pennsylvania native who called the Penn State gig his “dream job” when he was hired away from Vanderbilt in 2014 will coach his 100th game at Penn State when the Nittany Lions visit No. 12 Michigan State on Saturday.
Franklin previously signed a six-year deal in 2019. The terms of that contract would’ve had him earn $5.75 million next season with a $250,000 raise each remaining year.
“Nine weeks ago, the administration approached me about making a long-term investment in our football program,” Franklin said in a release provided by the athletic department. “This prompted numerous conversations outlining the resources needed to be competitive at a level that matches the expectations and history of Penn State. What’s most evident from those conversations is the importance of our student-athletes’ success both on and off the field.”
Franklin had been asked multiple times this season about his name surfacing as a candidate for other jobs, notably LSU and USC, and he never outright shot them down. This contract makes leaving Happy Valley a much more expensive proposition for the 49-year-old.
Should Franklin leave for another college or NFL coaching job before April 1, 2022, he would owe Penn State $12 million. If he leaves between that date and Dec. 31, he’d owe $8 million. The buyout decreases to $6 million in 2023, to $2 million the next two years and $1 million each year thereafter.
Although he didn’t point to specifics when asked at his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Franklin has long hinted he’d like to see Penn State upgrade some of its more antiquated facilities.
“We have made, and will need to continue to make, significant investment in our football program because we believe we have a very bright future under James,” Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour said. “With this contract, we are signaling our sustained commitment to being one of the premiere programs in the history of college football. Our goals and aspirations relating to football have never wavered and our investments today and in the future of our program will allow us to compete at the highest level.”
BEARS COACH MATT NAGY DENIES REPORT HE WILL BE FIRED
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Who coaches the Chicago Bears after Thursday seems to be the bigger topic now than who their starting quarterback will be this week.
Bears coach Matt Nagy said Tuesday Andy Dalton will start against the Detroit Lions for injured Justin Fields, then spent half of his press conference dealing with a report saying he has been told he will no longer coach the Bears after Thursday’s game.
“That is not accurate,” Nagy said of the report, which appeared on Patch.com.
The Bears have lost five straight and for three straight years have had losing streaks of four games or more. So Nagy’s job status going forward has been a hot debate throughout Chicago. Chants of “Fire Nagy,” were heard at times in Soldier Field during Sunday’s 16-13 loss to Baltimore – and even at the United Center during a Chicago Bulls game.
The report about the firing was by Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Konkol, a former news reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. It did not indicate a source.
Nagy said he normally talks on a regular basis with team general manager Ryan Pace, President Ted Phillips and board chairman George McCaskey, but not this week as there were no meetings scheduled.
“We have constant communication,” Nagy said. “I always think it’s good and healthy and so we stayed on course. With the bye week and then with the short turnaround and with game prep, we have not (talked).”
The Bears have never fired a coach during midseason.
Bears safety Tashaun Gipson said support for Nagy remains high within the team even during the losing streak and in the midst of a 3-7 season.
“I know what a losing locker room is like, and this is not that,” Gipson said. “I know our record indicates that a lot of guys may be willing to check out, but that’s not the energy, that’s not the atmosphere that I sense here.”
Dalton went through several years when such rumors haunted the Cincinnati Bengals about former coach Marvin Lewis, and often they proved untrue.
“I think there are rumors all over the place about a lot of different things at different times,” he said. “And as a locker room, you don’t worry about that. There are so many other things you have to worry about.
“You have to worry about what you’re getting ready to put in that next game and the things that are really important going into it. That’s the biggest thing, guys staying focused on the things that are important.”
The focus for Dalton is making his first start since Week 2 against his old team, the Bengals.
“I always felt like I was prepared and ready to go this past week when I got the chance to go in there,” Dalton said “Obviously there were some good things that happened and some things … I wish I would have had back.”
Dalton replaced Fields after the starter suffered an injury to his ribs in the third quarter, and immediately threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Darnell Mooney. Later he converted a fourth-and-11 pass for a 49-yard TD to Marquise Goodwin for a 13-9 Bears lead late in the fourth quarter. The defense gave up a winning final drive for the second straight game.
Dalton could have the benefit of wide receiver Allen Robinson in the lineup Thursday after he missed the last game with a hamstring injury, although Robinson did not practice Monday or Tuesday.
“I’m getting better,” Robinson said. “You know, there’s been constant improvement since I got hurt against Pittsburgh. Now I’m continuing to push through and trying to do what I need to do to make myself available. That’s always my No. 1 priority is being out on the grass.”
Like Gipson, Robinson has been with plenty of losing teams in the past and sees this one as united behind Nagy, if not trying to win one for him.
“You have to respect him as a person,” Robinson said. “Besides football and putting everything aside, there’s a respect factor there.
“When the term `playing for your coach’s job’ (comes up), it’s just respecting your coach and respecting what he has going on, and for guys to continue to be pros.”
NOTES: The Bears placed slot cornerback Duke Shelley on injured reserve with a hamstring injury and elevated defensive lineman Margus Hunt from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. … Safety Eddie Jackson practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day and the Bears are hoping he can return from a hamstring injury suffered Oct. 31 against San Francisco.
AP SOURCE: ZACH WILSON TO RETURN AS QB FOR JETS VS. TEXANS
NEW YORK (AP) Zach Wilson is back – and just in time for the New York Jets.
The No. 2 overall pick will return as the starting quarterback Sunday against the Texans in Houston, according to a person with direct knowledge of the decision. Wilson missed the past four games with a sprained posterior collateral ligament in his right knee.
Wilson returning to action comes just as backup quarterbacks Mike White and Joe Flacco were both placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday. That leaves just Wilson and Josh Johnson, who’s on the practice squad, at the quarterback position.
Johnson will likely be promoted to the active roster to serve as Wilson’s backup against the Texans.
Coach Robert Saleh said Monday the Jets would evaluate Wilson’s knee before making a decision by Wednesday morning on whether the rookie quarterback would be able to play. The knee checked out and Wilson will be back, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced the decision.
The Athletic first reported Wilson will start for the first time since being injured on Oct. 24. The Athletic also reported the Jets’ decision to start Wilson came before the situation with White and Flacco came to light.
Flacco said last week he is not vaccinated. White’s vaccination status was not immediately known.
The 22-year-old Wilson was struggling when he was hurt against New England a month ago. He has just four touchdown passes and nine interceptions, and wasn’t in sync with the offense – which was ranked last in the NFL in most categories.
But Mike LaFleur’s unit began to thrive with Wilson sidelined. White started three games in Wilson’s absence, including his first NFL start during which he threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Cincinnati on Oct. 31. He was injured in his second start at Indianapolis, but Johnson threw for a career-high 317 yards and three TDs in relief of White.
Flacco got the start last Sunday in a 24-17 loss to Miami, doing a solid job by throwing for 291 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.
Meanwhile, Wilson wasn’t placed on injured reserve and has been able to practice the past two weeks on a limited basis. The Jets kept a close watch on the young quarterback, insisting he wouldn’t return to play until his knee was completely healthy.
“We’re going to make sure we protect this young man,” Saleh said Monday. “So when he is fully healthy and he feels like there’s no limitations in his ability to play football or he’s not thinking about that knee, we’ll get him out there. But he’s got to be 100% healthy before we get him out on the football field.”
Wilson recently said sitting out and watching his teammates run the offense efficiently will help him.
“I would say it’s almost just as beneficial as playing,” Wilson said. “Maybe you don’t feel it as much as far as just actually going through it, but we all think and see the same things. I understand why Mike made a certain decision on something that he did in a game or didn’t.”
And with seven games remaining for the 2-8 Jets, Wilson’s development and progress will be the primary focus.
NOTES: With K Matt Ammendola struggling lately, the Jets signed former Pitt K Alex Kessman to the practice squad. Kessman was with the Los Angeles Chargers during the offseason after being signed as an undrafted free agent. … LB Corey Thompson was released from the practice squad to make room for Kessman.
NEW YORK GIANTS FIRE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR JASON GARRETT
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have fired offensive coordinator Jason Garrett after a dreadful performance in a nationally televised game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Giants (3-7) tweeted the decision Tuesday afternoon, saying the former Dallas Cowboys head coach had been relieved of his duties.
There was no immediate word who would replace Garrett for the game Sunday at MetLife Stadium against the Philadelphia Eagles (5-6). Former Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens is on the staff and could take over.
Garrett was hired last year shortly after Joe Judge was named head coach.
The Giants (3-7) were embarrassed on Monday night, dropping a 30-10 decision to the Bucs. Judge said the team has too many good players not to be scoring, giving an indication changes were coming.
New York has scored 189 points this season. It has struggled in the red zone and in five of its seven losses has a combined 55 points.
The Giants finished with 215 total yards Monday night, the second-lowest total of the 26-game Judge era. They gained 159 yards in a loss to Arizona on Dec. 13, 2020. Only one of the Giants’ 54 offensive plays gained more than 16 yards against Tampa Bay.
The Giants’ 15 first downs were a season low and their fewest since they had 14 against Cleveland last Dec. 20. They have 31 first downs in their last two games, including 16 in the victory against Las Vegas on Nov. 7.
New York rushed for 66 yards, its second-lowest total of the season; the Giants ran for 60 yards in their season-opening loss to Denver. New York’s 24:21 time of possession was a season low.
The offense has been devastated by injuries, particularly on the line. Center Nick Gates (broken leg) and left guard Shane Lemieux (knee) played two and one game, respectively. Standout left tackle Andrew Thomas has missed games with foot and ankle injuries, and guard Will Hernandez and tackle Nate Solder are playing on the right this season, a new side for them.
It’s led to breakdowns and forced quarterback Daniel Jones to run a lot more than he would want.
SAINTS’ LATTIMORE PLEADS GUILTY TO MISDEMEANOR GUN CHARGE
CLEVELAND (AP) New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in Cleveland, where police said he had a loaded handgun during a traffic stop but failed to inform an officer that he was carrying a concealed weapon.
The 25-year-old Cleveland native pleaded guilty last week to a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon, according to Cuyahoga County court records. A six-month jail sentence was suspended, and he was put on probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
Lattimore had been arrested in Cleveland in March after a vehicle he was riding in was stopped by authorities for traffic violations. Police said then that he had a loaded handgun that had been reported stolen in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid, and was also suspected of failing to inform an officer that he was carrying a concealed weapon.
Defense attorney Marcus Sidoti previously called the situation a misunderstanding. Sidoti could not be reached for comment late Tuesday via the phone and email listed on his firm’s website.
TITANS WAIVE 2012 NFL MVP ADRIAN PETERSON AFTER 3 GAMES
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have waived 2012 NFL MVP Adrian Peterson after three games in a flurry of roster moves Tuesday.
The Titans signed running back Dontrell Hilliard from the practice squad to replace Peterson. They also signed defensive back Buster Skrine and brought back outside linebacker john Simon.
They also placed defensive back Chris Jackson (foot) and wide receiver Marcus Johnson on injured reserve. Johnson hurt his right hamstring in the first quarter in last week’s loss to the Texans, a week after he caught five passes for a season-high 100 yards receiving.
Along with an injury to 2020 Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Brown, that has left the Titans (8-3) thin at wide receiver before visiting New England (7-4) on Sunday. That’s why the Titans signed receivers Golden Tate and Austin Mack to the practice squad along with defensive lineman Kevin Strong and running back Rodney Smith.
Fullback Khari Blasingame also was cleared to return to practice, though he remains on injured reserve.
Peterson signed originally to the Titans practice squad Nov. 2 to help replace Derrick Henry and was promoted to the active roster two days before a win in Los Angeles over the Rams. Peterson started two games and had 27 carries for 82 yards and a 3.0-yard average per rushing attempt and one touchdown run.
His longest run of 16 yards came last week against Houston.
Hillard has played in two games for Tennessee. He’s coming off his best game yet with seven carries for 35 yards and eight catches for 47 yards against Houston.
Skrine has played 152 games over 11 seasons with Cleveland, the Jets, Chicago and most recently San Francisco earlier this season. He was a fifth-round pick out of Chattanooga in 2011.
The Titans added a bunch of experience in Nashville native Tate. He has played 160 games in 11 seasons with Seattle, Detroit, Philadelphia and the Giants. He has 695 receptions, 8,278 yards receiving and 46 TDs. He has posted three 1,000-yard receiving seasons, and he’s also averaged 10.1 yards on 111 punt returns.
Mack played in 11 games with a start with the New York Giants last season. Smith played nine games the past two seasons with Carolina after going undrafted out of Minnesota. He set a school record with 5,441 career all-purpose yards, including 4,122 yards rushing.
Tennessee also released receiver Chris Rowland and defensive lineman Niles Scott from the practice squad to clear space.
NFL ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE UPDATES FOR WEEKS 13, 15
The NFL announced today updated schedules for Week 13 (December 5) and Week 15 (December 18-19).
In Week 13, on Sunday, December 5:
- The Denver at Kansas City game will move to 8:20 PM ET on NBC.
- The San Francisco at Seattle game will move to 4:25 PM ET on CBS.
- The Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati game will remain at 1:00 PM ET but move to CBS.
- The Jacksonville at Los Angeles Rams game will move to 4:05 PM and shift to FOX.
In Week 15, on Saturday, December 18:
- The Las Vegas at Cleveland game will be played at 4:30 PM ET on NFL Network.
- The New England at Indianapolis game will be played at 8:20 PM ET on NFL Network.
In Week 15, on Sunday, December 19:
- The New York Jets at Miami game will be played at 1:00 PM ET on CBS.
- The Carolina at Buffalo game will be played at 1:00 PM ET on FOX.
- The Washington at Philadelphia game will be played at 1:00 PM ET on FOX.
The following is the updated Week 13 schedule (all times ET):
|Thursday, December 2||Dallas at New Orleans||FOX/NFLN/Amazon||8:20|
|Sunday, December 5||Tampa Bay at Atlanta||FOX||1:00|
|Arizona at Chicago||FOX||1:00|
|Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati||CBS||1:00|
|Minnesota at Detroit||CBS||1:00|
|Indianapolis at Houston||CBS||1:00|
|New York Giants at Miami||FOX||1:00|
|Philadelphia at New York Jets||CBS||1:00|
|Washington at Las Vegas||FOX||4:05|
|Jacksonville at Los Angeles Rams||FOX||4:05|
|Baltimore at Pittsburgh||CBS||4:25|
|San Francisco at Seattle||CBS||4:25|
|Denver at Kansas City||NBC||8:20|
|Monday, December 6||New England at Buffalo||ESPN||8:15|
|Byes: Carolina, Cleveland, Green Bay, Tennessee|
The following is the updated Week 15 schedule (all times ET):
|Thursday, December 16||Kansas City at Los Angeles Chargers||FOX/NFLN/Amazon||8:20|
|Saturday, December 18||Las Vegas at Cleveland||NFLN||4:30|
|New England at Indianapolis||NFLN||8:20|
|Sunday, December 19||Green Bay at Baltimore||FOX||1:00|
|Carolina at Buffalo||FOX||1:00|
|Arizona at Detroit||FOX||1:00|
|Houston at Jacksonville||CBS||1:00|
|New York Jets at Miami||CBS||1:00|
|Dallas at New York Giants||FOX||1:00|
|Washington at Philadelphia||FOX||1:00|
|Tennessee at Pittsburgh||CBS||1:00|
|Cincinnati at Denver||CBS||4:05|
|Atlanta at San Francisco||CBS||4:05|
|Seattle at Los Angeles Rams||FOX||4:25|
|New Orleans at Tampa Bay||NBC||8:20|
|Monday, December 20||Minnesota at Chicago||ESPN||8:15|
NFL PREVIEW: THANKSGIVING DAY
For generations of Americans, the tradition of Thanksgiving Day and NFL football are historically intertwined.
On Thanksgiving in 1925, a crowd of 36,000 – then the largest in professional football history – watched the CHICAGO BEARS play the CHICAGO CARDINALS to a scoreless tie at Wrigley Field. In 1934, the DETROIT LIONS and the defending world champion Bears squared off on Thanksgiving in the first NFL game nationally broadcast, with NBC radio on the call. This year, the three holiday games will be aired to millions across the country and around the world.
Since 2006, the NFL has scheduled three Thanksgiving Day games each year. This year’s triple-header features three teams currently in playoff position and four teams with a .500-or-better winning percentage.
The first game showcases the CHICAGO BEARS traveling to Ford Field to face the DETROIT LIONS (12:30 PM ET, FOX). The late-afternoon game marks the 44th consecutive Thanksgiving Day contest hosted in Dallas, as the DALLAS COWBOYS welcome the LAS VEGAS RAIDERS to AT&T Stadium (4:30 PM ET, CBS). The holiday concludes at Caesars Superdome as the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS host the BUFFALO BILLS in an interconference matchup between two 2020 playoff teams (8:20 PM ET, NBC).
|GAME||NETWORK||LOCAL TIME||EASTERN TIME|
|Chicago Bears (3-7) at Detroit Lions (0-9-1)||FOX||12:30 PM ET||12:30 PM|
|Las Vegas Raiders (5-5) at Dallas Cowboys (7-3)||CBS||3:30 PM CT||4:30 PM|
|Buffalo Bills (6-4) at New Orleans Saints (5-5)||NBC||7:20 PM CT||8:20 PM|
The Lions will play their 82nd Thanksgiving Day game dating back to 1934, while the Cowboys will play in their 54th since 1966. Chicago will play its 37th game while Buffalo will play its 10th game on the holiday. The Raiders are appearing on Thanksgiving for the eighth time while the Saints will play in their fourth Thanksgiving game. Five of the six teams competed on Thanksgiving during the 2019 season.
The Thanksgiving Day records of the teams playing this Thursday:
CHICAGO (3-7) at DETROIT (0-9-1): Thursday’s matchup marks the 19th Thanksgiving Day meeting between the Bears and Lions, dating back to November 29, 1934. Pro Football Hall of Famer BRONKO NAGURSKI threw a two-yard touchdown pass to BILL HEWITT for Chicago to secure a 19-16 victory over Detroit in the first holiday meeting between the two teams. In their last Thanksgiving Day matchup, running back DAVID MONTGOMERY recorded the go-ahead touchdown with 2:17 remaining as Chicago overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat Detroit, 24-20, on November 28, 2019.
Thursday marks the second meeting of the season between the two NFC North rivals. In Week 4, the Bears earned a 24-14 victory as Montgomery rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Chicago has won six of the past seven meetings between the two clubs, including three consecutive road victories.
Last week, Chicago quarterback ANDY DALTON threw two second-half touchdowns of 49 and 60 yards, while wide receivers DARNELL MOONEY (121) and MARQUISE GOODWIN (104) each surpassed 100 receiving yards. Last year on Thanksgiving, Dalton passed for 215 yards and one touchdown with Dallas. Quarterback JUSTIN FIELDS, who passed for 209 yards with an 82.7 passer rating in Week 4 against Detroit, can become the fifth rookie quarterback to start on Thanksgiving in the past 10 seasons.
Chicago has 31 sacks this season, tied with Minnesota for the most in the NFL. Linebacker ROBERT QUINN had a career-high 3.5 sacks in Week 11 and leads the team with 10 sacks, his fifth-career 10-sack season. Linebacker ROQUAN SMITH had a career-high 17 tackles last week and has 110 tackles this season, his fourth-consecutive 100-tackle season since entering the NFL in 2018. In the 2019 meeting on Thanksgiving, he recorded 16 tackles and two sacks.
In Week 11, Detroit running back D’ANDRE SWIFT rushed for a career-high 136 rushing yards with his fourth rushing touchdown of the season. He leads all running backs in receptions (53) and is one of two running backs (AUSTIN EKELER) with at least 500 rushing yards (555) and 400 receiving yards (420) this season. Swift, who has a career-high 975 scrimmage yards, needs 25 scrimmage yards to become the first Lions running back with 1,000 scrimmage yards in a season since JOIQUE BELL (1,182 scrimmage yards in 2014). Tight end T.J. HOCKENSON, who had six receptions in the last Thanksgiving meeting between the two clubs, leads all NFC tight ends in receptions (54) and ranks second in receiving yards (499) this season.
Defensively, Detroit is one of three NFC teams (DALLAS and SAN FRANCISCO) to allow fewer than 20 points in each of their Week 10 and Week 11 games. Cornerback AMANI ORUWARIYE recorded his career-high fourth interception of the season last week. Linebacker CHARLES HARRIS registered a sack and forced fumble in Week 4 against Chicago and aims for his third in a row against the Bears with a sack.
LAS VEGAS (5-5) at DALLAS (7-3): The Raiders and Cowboys meet for the 13th time, with the all-time series tied, 6-6. Thursday marks the third meeting between the two franchises on Thanksgiving. On November 28, 2013, Dallas running back DEMARCO MURRAY totaled 102 scrimmage yards (63 rushing, 39 receiving) and three rushing touchdowns in a 31-24 victory. On November 26, 2009, Cowboys quarterback TONY ROMO passed for 309 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 121.2 rating in the team’s 24-7 win over the Raiders.
Las Vegas quarterback DEREK CARR ranks second in the NFL with 3,041 passing yards this season and became the fourth quarterback with at least 3,000 passing yards in each of his first eight seasons in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING, CAM NEWTON and RUSSELL WILSON. Carr enters Week 12 with 29,937 career passing yards and with 63 passing yards on Thanksgiving, he would become the fifth quarterback to reach 30,000 passing yards in his first eight seasons. Tight end DARREN WALLER recorded a season-high 116 receiving yards last week and has 12 100-yard games since joining the Raiders in 2018, second-most among all tight ends over the past four seasons (TRAVIS KELCE – 16).
Linebacker DENZEL PERRYMAN leads the AFC with a career-high 114 tackles and has nine games with at least 10 tackles this season, most in the league. Defensive end YANNICK NGAKOUE registered his seventh sack of the season last week and is the only player in the NFL with at least seven sacks in each of the past six seasons.
In four career starts on Thanksgiving, Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT has seven touchdowns (five passing, two rushing) and a 95.5 rating. Including the holiday, he has a passer rating of 90-or-higher in seven of his nine career starts on Thursday. In five home starts this season, Prescott has 15 touchdowns (14 passing, one rushing) with two interceptions for a 118.1 rating and aims for his sixth in a row at home with at least two touchdown passes. The Cowboys have scored at least 35 points in nine of Prescott’s last 10 home starts.
Running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT has at least 120 scrimmage yards in three of his four career games on Thanksgiving and has seven touchdowns (six rushing, one receiving) in eight career Thursday games. This season, he has seven touchdowns (six rushing, one receiving) in five home games. Elliott needs 101 scrimmage yards for his sixth-consecutive season with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and he leads all players with 9,240 scrimmage yards since he entered the NFL in 2016.
Rookie linebacker MICAH PARSONS had two sacks and a forced fumble last week and leads all rookies with eight sacks. He aims for his third in a row with a forced fumble and fourth in a row with at least one sack. Cornerback TREVON DIGGS leads the NFL with eight interceptions this season and ranks second with 13 passes defensed.
BUFFALO (6-4) at NEW ORLEANS (5-5): New Orleans leads the all-time series against Buffalo, 7-4, including wins in five consecutive matchups. In their last meeting, Week 10 of the 2017 season, running backs MARK INGRAM (131 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns) and ALVIN KAMARA (106 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown) led the Saints to a 47-10 win over the Bills.
Buffalo is appearing on Thanksgiving for the second time in the past three seasons. In 2019, quarterback JOSH ALLEN had two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) with a 120.7 rating in a Bills victory over the Cowboys. He enters Week 12 with 2,811 passing yards and 21 touchdown passes and needs 189 passing yards for his third-consecutive 3,000-yard season. Wide receiver STEFON DIGGS had his seventh-career game with at least two touchdown receptions last week and has five touchdown receptions in his past five games. Since joining the Bills in 2020, he is one of two wide receivers (DAVANTE ADAMS) with at least 185 receptions (187) and 2,300 receiving yards (2,308).
Buffalo enters Thanksgiving ranked second in scoring defense (17.6 points allowed per game) and second in takeaways (24). Safety JORDAN POYER leads the team with four interceptions and has five passes defensed and two interceptions in five road games this season.
New Orleans is playing in its fourth Thanksgiving game since 2010 and third in the past four seasons. The Saints (3-0 on Thanksgiving) are one of four active franchises that are undefeated on the holiday, along with Baltimore (2-0), Houston (2-0) and Carolina (1-0).
Defensive end CAMERON JORDAN, who is one of five players with at least six sacks on Thanksgiving since 1982, had two sacks on November 29, 2018 against Dallas and four sacks on November 28, 2019 against Atlanta. Entering Week 12, he has a sack in four of his past five contests. Defensive end MARCUS DAVENPORT had 1.5 sacks last week and aims for his fourth in a row with a sack. He recorded two sacks and two forced fumbles on Thanksgiving in 2019 against Atlanta. Cornerback MARSHON LATTIMORE is one of three defensive backs (JAMES BRADBERRY and MARLON HUMPHREY) with at least 10 passes defensed in each of the past five seasons.
Quarterback TREVOR SIEMIAN totaled four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) last week and has at least two touchdown passes in each of his three starts this season. Ingram had a season-high 113 scrimmage yards (88 rushing, 25 receiving) and aims for his third in a row with at least 100 scrimmage yards. Kamara has 14 touchdowns (11 rushing, three receiving) in his past eight home games. Wide receiver MARQUEZ CALLAWAY had his team-leading sixth touchdown reception of the season in Week 11 and aims for his fourth in a row with a touchdown catch.
CHICAGO BEARS (3-7) AT DETROIT LIONS (0-9-1)
THURSDAY, NOV. 25, 2021 // 12:30 PM ET // FORD FIELD // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL
LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 103-75-5
STREAKS: Bears have won 6 of past 7
LAST GAME: 10/3/21: Lions 14 at Bears 24
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Bears 27, Lions 23
QB JUSTIN FIELDS (rookie) passed for 209 yards & 82.7 rating in Week 4 meeting. Has TD pass & 85+ rating in 2 of his past 3 road starts. QB ANDY DALTON passed for 201 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 107.3 rating last week. Passed for 372 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 135.9 rating in his only career start at Det. (10/20/13 w/ Cin.). • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY rushed for 106 yards & 2 TDs in Week 4 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 100+ scrimmage yards & 2+ rush TDs. Had 87 scrimmage yards (75 rush, 12 rec.) & TD catch in last Thanksgiving meeting (11/28/19). Has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 6 on road. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON has 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. Det. & aims for his 6th in row vs. Det. with 60+ rec. yards. Had 8 catches for 86 yards & rec. TD in last Thanksgiving meeting (11/28/19). WR DARNELL MOONEY had 121 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Had 5 catches for 125 yards in Week 4 meeting. • LB ROQUAN SMITH had career-high 17 tackles last week. Has 74 tackles (10.6 per game) & 5 sacks in 7 career games vs. Det. Had 16 tackles & 2 sacks in last Thanksgiving meeting (11/28/19). LB ROBERT QUINN had career-high 3.5 sacks last week & has 5th-career season with 10+ sacks (10) in 2021. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. Had sack & FF in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at Det. with sack. DB EDDIE JACKSON aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. on Thanksgiving with INT.
QB JARED GOFF passed for 299 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 105 rating in Week 4 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs Chi. with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Has 90+ rating in 3 of his 4 home starts this season. QB TIM BOYLE made his 1st career start in Week 11. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had career-high 136 rush yards last week. Is 1 of 2 RBs (AUSTIN EKELER) with 500+ rush yards (555) & 400+ rec. yards (420). Leads all RBs with 53 catches in 2021. Had rush TD in last home meeting. Has TD in 4 of his past 5 at home. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 5+ catches & 9th in row at home with 50+ scrimmage yards. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS has rush TD in 2 of his 3 home games this season. Has 60+ rush yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Det. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON leads all NFC TEs in receptions (54) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (499) in 2021. Had 6 catches in last Thanksgiving meeting (11/28/19). Had 5 catches for 56 yards & rec. TD in last home meeting. Has 8+ receptions & 70+ rec. yards in 3 of his 4 home games this season. WR KALIF RAYMOND had 2 rec. TDs in Week 4 meeting. Has 6+ catches in 2 of his past 3 at home. • CB AMANI ORUWARIYE had career-high 4th INT last week. Had 6 tackles & INT in last meeting. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 at home. LB CHARLES HARRIS had sack & FF in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Chi. with sack. LB TREY FLOWERS had sack in last meeting on Thanksgiving (11/28/19). Aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. with sack.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (12:30 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi (field reporters) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Tony Boselli SIRIUS: 82 (Chi.), 211 (Det.), 83 (National) | XM: 226 (Chi.), 225 (Det.), 88 (National) | SXM App: 805 (Chi.), 810 (Det.), 88 (National).
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (5-5) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (7-3)
THURSDAY, NOV. 25, 2021 // 4:30 PM ET // AT&T STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI
LEADER: All-time series tied, 6-6
STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 3
LAST GAME: 12/17/17: Cowboys 20 at Raiders 17 (Oakland)
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/28/13: Cowboys 31, Raiders 24
QB DEREK CARR completed 19 of 27 atts. (70.4 pct.) for 215 yards & 90.8 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ comp. pct. Has 2+ TD passes in 5 of his past 6 on road. Passed for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with 295+ pass yards. Has 6 TDs vs. INT in 7 career starts on Thursday. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 3,041 pass yards & is 4th QB ever with 3,000+ pass yards in each of 1st 8 seasons. • RB JOSH JACOBS aims for his 3rd in row on road with 80+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. RB KENYAN DRAKE rushed for 164 yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. Dal. (10/19/20 w/ Az.). Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 70+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 4th in row on Thursday with rush TD. • TE DARREN WALLER had 7 catches for season-high 116 yards last week. Has 90+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 50+ rec. yards.. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on Thursday. TE FOSTER MOREAU had 3rd rec. TD of season last week. WR HUNTER RENFROW has TD catch in 2 of past 3. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had sack & FF last week & has 5 sacks in his past 4. Has FF in 2 of past 3. Had 3 TFL & 2 sacks in only career game at Dal. (10/14/18 w/ Jax.). DE MAXX CROSBY had TFL in Week 11. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TFL. LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had 12 tackles, 2 TFL & 2 PD last week. Ranks 2nd in NFL with career-high 114 tackles.
QB DAK PRESCOTT has 15 TDs (14 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 118.1 rating in 5 home starts this season & aims for his 6th in row at home with 2+ TD passes. Had rush TD in last meeting. Passed for 355 yards & 2 TDs in last Thanksgiving start (11/28/19 vs. Buf.). Has 90+ rating in 3 of his 4 starts on Thanksgiving. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT has 439 scrimmage yards (109.8 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 4 games on Thanksgiving. Can join HOFers EMMITT SMITH (8), MICHAEL IRVIN (4) & BARRY SANDERS (4) as only players with 4+ games with 100+ scrimmage yards on Thanksgiving. Has 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in 5 home games in 2021. RB TONY POLLARD had 70 scrimmage yards (50 rush, 20 rec.) last week. Has 65+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his 5 home games this season. • TE DALTON SCHULTZ led team with 6 catches & 53 rec. yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. Ranks 2nd among NFC TEs in receptions (44) & tied-3rd in rec. yards (491). WR CEEDEE LAMB has 80+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home. WR MICHAEL GALLUP had 5 catches last week. • CB TREVON DIGGS leads NFL with 8 INTs & ranks 2nd with 13 PD. Has 10 PD & 6 INTs in his past 6 at home. Aims for his 8th in row at home with PD. Rookie LB MICAH PARSONS had 2 sacks & FF last week. Leads all rookies with 8 sacks in 2021. Has 5 sacks in 5 home games. Aims for his 3rd in row with FF & 4th in row with sack. S JAYRON KEARSE had 2nd-career INT last week. Has 5+ tackles in each of his 10 games in 2021.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (12:30 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Dave Pasch, Ross Tucker SIRIUS: 82 (LV), 83 (Dal.), 88 (National) | XM: 226 (LV), 225 (Dal.), 88 (National) | SXM App: 816 (LV), 808 (Dal.), 88 (National).
BUFFALO BILLS (6-4) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-5)
THURSDAY, NOV. 25, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // CAESARS SUPERDOME // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN
LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 7-4
STREAKS: Saints have won past 5
LAST GAME: 11/12/17: Saints 47 at Bills 10
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/27/13: Saints 35, Bills 17
QB JOSH ALLEN passed for 209 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 8 of past 9. Has 2+ TD passes in 8 of his past 9 on road. Completed 19 of 24 passes (79.2 pct.) for 231 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 120.7 rating in only career start on Thanksgiving (2019 at Dal). • RB MATT BREIDA aims for 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had 101 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 38 rec.) & TD catch in only career Thanksgiving game (2019 at Dal.). • WR STEFON DIGGS had season-high 2 rec. TDs last week & aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. Has 17 catches for 212 yards (106 per game) & 3 TDs in 2 career games vs. NO. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 85+ rec. yards & 10th in row on road with 60+ rec. yards. Had 5 catches for 66 yards in only career game on Thanksgiving (2017 at Det., with Min.). Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with 120+ rec. yards. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 7 catches for 157 yards & TD in his last game vs. NO (12/8/19 w/ SF). Had TD catch in only career Thanksgiving game (2013 at Bal., w/ Pit.). TE DAWSON KNOX had season-high 6 catches for 80 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with rec. TD. • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had 7 tackles in Week 11. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD. Had PD in last meeting. Had 2 PD in only career Thanksgiving game (2019 at Dal.). S JORDAN POYER aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. Had 10 tackles in last meeting. LB MATT MILANO led team with 9 tackles & had TFL last week. Aims for 5th in row with TFL.
QB TREVOR SIEMIAN had 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) last week. Has 2+ TD passes in each of his 3 starts in 2021. Has 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 89.5 rating in 3 home games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD pass vs. 0 INTs. QB TAYSOM HILL had 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his last game on Thanksgiving (11/28/19 at Atl). • RB ALVIN KAMARA has 14 TDs (11 rush, 3 rec.) in his past 8 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rush TD & 7th in row at home with 75+ scrimmage yards. Had 138 scrimmage yards (106 rush, 32 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thanksgiving with 80+ scrimmage yards. RB MARK INGRAM had season-high 113 scrimmage yards (88 rush, 25 rec.) last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Had 131 rush yards & set career-high with 3 rush TDs in last meeting. • WR MARQUEZ CALLAWAY had career-high 6th rec. TD of season in Week 11 & aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. • DE CAMERON JORDAN is 1 of 5 players with 6+ sacks (6) on Thanksgiving since 1982 & aims for his 3rd in row on holiday with 2+ sacks. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. Had sack, FF & FR in last home meeting. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had sack & FR in his last game vs. Buf. (11/2/17 w/ NYJ). Has 8+ tackles in 7 of his past 8 vs. Buf. DE MARCUS DAVENPORT aims for his 4th in row with sack. Had 2 sacks & 2 FFs in his last game on Thanksgiving (11/28/19 at Atl.). CB MARSHON LATTIMORE is 1 of 3 DBs with 10+ PD in each of past 5 seasons.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Drew Brees, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Bill Rosinski, Rod Woodson SIRIUS: 82 (Buf.), 85 (NO), 88 (National) | XM: 226 (Buf.), 227 (NO), 88 (National) | SXM App: 803 (Buf.), 822 (NO), National (88)
DONCIC RETURNS, MAVERICKS BEAT CLIPPERS IN OT TO SNAP SKID
LOS ANGELES (AP) Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points, Luka Dončić had 26 in his return to the Dallas lineup, and the Mavericks defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 112-104 in overtime Tuesday night.
The Mavericks were up 102-92 late in the fourth quarter before the Clippers scored 11 of the final 12 points to force overtime, including a 3-pointer by Paul George at the buzzer. Dallas, though, put up the first seven points of overtime and outscored Los Angeles 9-1 to snap a three-game losing streak.
Porzingis, who has scored 20 or more in a career-high seven straight games, had six points in overtime. He also made all 10 of his free throws in 40 minutes of action.
Reggie Jackson led the Clippers with 31 points and 10 rebounds. George scored 26.
Dončić, who missed the past three games due to left knee and ankle sprains, also had nine rebounds and nine assists in 41 minutes. Dallas trailed by six at halftime but scored 38 points in the third quarter to grab an 80-76 advantage going into the final 12 minutes. Dončić had 15 points in the period and four assists that resulted in 10 additional Mavericks points.
Jackson hit a 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds remaining to get LA within 102-100. George then fouled Maxi Kleber with 1.9 seconds remaining. Kleber made his first free throw, but missed the second. George grabbed the rebound and called a timeout with 1.1 seconds remaining.
After the Clippers moved the ball to midcourt, Terance Mann passed to George, who hit a 3-pointer from the right corner to send it to overtime.
COLD, THEN HOT
The Mavericks were 6 of 30 on 3-pointers in Sunday’s loss and started Tuesday’s game missing their first 13 from beyond the arc before warming up. They went 12 of 26 the remainder of the game.
Mavericks: Dorian Finney-Smith scored eight points during a 16-5 run midway through the fourth to give Dallas a double-digit lead. … Jalen Brunson injured his left foot in the first half and did not return. … Reggie Bullock (non-COVID-19 illness) and Frank Ntilikina (right calf strain) did not play.
Clippers: George missed his first five shots from the field and didn’t get his first basket until there was 1:44 remaining in the first half. … Marcus Morris Sr., who missed 15 games due to a left knee injury, had 10 points in 25 minutes. … Nicolas Batum entered the NBA’s health and safety protocol before the game and is expected to miss at least 10 days. LA canceled its morning shootaround for precautionary reasons. … The Clippers’ largest lead was 11 points during the first quarter and late in the second before Dallas scored the last five points to get to 48-42 at halftime. … Mann received a flagrant 1 foul during the third quarter.
Mavericks: Return home to face the Washington Wizards on Saturday.
Clippers: Host the Detroit Pistons on Friday.
KNICKS RECOVER TO BEAT LAKERS TEAM MISSING SUSPENDED JAMES
NEW YORK (AP) LeBron James couldn’t be in the building. Anthony Davis almost wasn’t.
With one superstar suspended and another sick, the Los Angeles Lakers already had big problems. Then they created one more for themselves by falling into a 25-point hole.
“We weren’t playing hard enough. Simple,” Russell Westbrook said.
They turned it around but the New York Knicks recovered, with Evan Fournier scoring 26 points and Immanuel Quickley adding 12 of his 14 in the fourth quarter for a 106-100 victory Tuesday night.
Julius Randle added 20 points, 16 rebounds and five assists for the Knicks, but sat for eight minutes of the fourth quarter after picking up his fifth foul. Quickley made sure that didn’t matter, hitting four 3-pointers in the period.
“He’s fearless,” Randle said.
Westbrook had 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, with 18 points in a sensational third quarter that helped Los Angeles tie the game. But with Carmelo Anthony’s shot off in his old home, the Lakers never could take the lead.
They beat Detroit on Sunday after overcoming a 17-point deficit in the game James was ejected from for striking Pistons center Isaiah Stewart in the face and drawing blood. The NBA suspended the superstar forward for one game.
But the best Los Angeles could do in this one was tie it twice after New York dominated most of the first two quarters.
“No team wants to come out down 10-0, but it’s a long game and we fought back and gave ourselves a chance,” Westbrook said.
Davis, who woke up with a fever, had 20 points on 7-for-17 shooting. He said he arrived only about 45 minutes before the game and didn’t have his usual warmup.
“So I definitely think that he was a little bit drained and we used him differently,” coach Frank Vogel said. “We tried to keep him in seven-minute runs and he did not play in his normal rotation, so it probably had an impact.”
Anthony was just 3 of 14 for 12 points, and the Lakers lost for the fourth time in five games.
Randle went to the bench with his fifth foul with 9:18 remaining and was hit with a technical foul from there that allowed the Lakers to cut it to 90-87. But Obi Toppin scored before Quickley made a 3-pointer to push it back to eight, and it was back into double digits when another 3 by Quickley made it 105-93 with 4:58 to play.
“We were just trying to buy some time there and that group ended up going on a little bit of a run, so it allowed us to go a little bit longer (without Randle),” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said.
The Knicks raced to a 10-0 lead that grew to 36-15 on RJ Barrett’s 3-pointer with 1:11 left in the first quarter. It was 59-35 with under 5 minutes remaining in the half before the Lakers put together a 16-2 run that trimmed it to 61-51 just before the break.
“We can be really good man, we just have to trust how we play and when we have a way to play, just stay with it,” Fournier said.
The Lakers scored nine straight to open the third and cut it to 63-60, and finally tied it for the first time at 79 on Anthony’s dunk.
Lakers: Anthony got a loud ovation when he checked in during the first quarter. … Talen Horton-Tucker missed all eight shots in a scoreless outing.
Knicks: New York played without backup point guard Derrick Rose (sprained right ankle) and injured centers Mitchell Robinson and Taj Gibson. Thibodeau said Robinson, out with a concussion, is doing better but still has to clear the league’s protocols before he can return. … New York has won nine of the last 11 meetings at home.
MISSING OUT ON MSG
Vogel called James one of the classiest players in the league who always plays the game the right way. He spoke with James, who was disappointed to miss a second straight visit to one of his favorite arenas. He was hurt last season when the Lakers played at Madison Square Garden.
“He wanted to play. I don’t want to get into it more than that,” Vogel said.
Lakers: Visit Indiana on Wednesday.
Knicks: Host Phoenix on Friday.
SOUTH CAROLINA UNANIMOUS NO. 1 IN AP WOMEN’S HOOPS POLL
(AP) — South Carolina was the unanimous choice as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll released Tuesday after a dominant win over then-No. 2 UConn.
The Gamecocks won the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis women’s championship on Monday in the 61st meeting between the top two teams in the AP poll. The AP decided to hold the poll one day so it would reflect the outcome of the game – only the second time since the poll began in 1976 that it has been delayed.
Buoyed by the victory, South Carolina garnered all 30 first-place votes from a national media panel after beating then-No. 9 Oregon and UConn on consecutive days.
“It gives us another top 10 win,” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said of the UConn victory. “We said it before this game. Whether we win or lose, it can only help us.”
Maryland jumped one spot to No. 2 while the Huskies fell to third. The No. 2 ranking is the Terrapins’ best since Feb. 20, 2017. Indiana and North Carolina State were fourth and fifth again this week.
Baylor remained sixth after a tough three-point loss to Maryland. The Bears were followed by Stanford, Iowa, Arizona and Louisville to round out the top 10.
Maryland, Indiana. N.C. State and Stanford are all playing in a round-robin tournament in the Bahamas over Thanksgiving.
South Florida moved up four spots to No. 18 after a close loss to UConn and a win over Oregon in the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Bulls will stay in the Bahamas to play a game against Stanford on Friday.
Florida Gulf Coast entered the poll for the second consecutive year, coming in at No. 25. The Eagles were ranked 24th the final two weeks last season. Georgia Tech fell out after losing to Auburn.
ALL HAIL ROCKY TOP
Tennessee jumped up five places to No. 11 after impressive wins over South Florida and Texas. It’s the Vols’ best ranking since Dec. 31, 2018, when they were 10th.
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INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL DEFEATS JACKSON STATE, 70-35
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Jordan Geronimo was lonely.
Well, not lonely, but by himself under the Jackson State basket.
For Indiana on Tuesday night, this was a very good thing.
For Jackson State, not so much.
Geronimo, an IU sophomore forward, was so open in this second-half moment, you could have driven a bus between him and the closest Tiger defender.
Time seemed to stop. The Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall crowd gasped. Would the Hoosiers see him?
Center Michael Durr did. He tossed him the ball, Geronimo dunked and a ruthless Indiana basketball onslaught continued to a 70-35 conclusion.
For the record, it was not the lowest-scoring game by an opponent in arena history. Notre Dame had 29 in 1971.
Eleven Hoosiers played and 10 scored. They all defended.
“We have a team that if you’re called upon to play,” coach Mike Woodson said, “you have to produce. We’re getting that.
“Ours starters were playing pretty well. The second unit played well. That’s the team we’re going to have to be in the long run, especially as we make this run in the Big Ten. We’ve got to be deep and ready to play when called upon.”
IU (5-0) turned Jackson State’s offense into a myth. It blocked eight shots, four by Trayce Jackson-Davis. The Tigers spent most of the game shooting less than 20 percent from the field. They finished at 21 percent while committing 11 turnovers.
Don’t be. Indiana entered the game leading the nation in three-point defense — opponents shot 33.3 percent against it. It has held three opponents to less than 50 points.
“That’s what Coach harps on us about the most,” forward Miller Kopp said about the defense. “Every practice starts with defense. That’s what we focus on. When he first got here, what he talked to all of us the most was guarding.”
Jackson State (0-5 with every loss by at least 12 points) managed just 17 first-half points. It had scoring droughts of five-plus minutes in the first 20 minutes, and eight-plus minutes in the second half.
For the season, the Hoosiers allow an average of less than 20 first-half points. The most they have given up is 27 against St. John’s.
“I like everything about how we’re defending,” Woodson said. “We’re getting after it.
“I mentioned to these guys early on we had to establish some kind of identity, and it had to start on the defensive end.
“That’s held true. It’s got us wins. It’s kept us in games. It’s pushed us out in games. Our defense has been solid.”
He got no argument from Jackson State coach Wayne Brent.
“Indiana has a really good team. They’re so big and strong. Defensively, they are really good. Just the length they have and blocking shots.
“With their length, they pushed us out further than we wanted. They have a really good team.”
The Hoosier catalyst was point guard Xavier Johnson. He totaled 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists while avoiding foul trouble.
Two nights after committing four turnovers (and hearing about it from Woodson), he only had one.
“Keep composed and be available for my team so we can win,” he said.
“My mindset every game is to be aggressive. I didn’t get into foul trouble. Today I was available. No fouls. We came out on top.
Added Woodson: “We brought him here to run the ballclub. He can’t do it sitting next to me.
“I’m demanding of our point guards. They’ve got to run the team while still doing the things they’re capable of.
“A lot of things come with it. We’re all in a learning stage.”
Miller Kopp had 12 points for the second straight game. Jackson-Davis added 11 (six below his average), but only took seven shots (he made five).
“A lot of it had to do with zone,” Woodson said. “He will be trapped a lot. He made great passes, but sometimes he will have to beat the trap. Sometimes you have to sacrifice the ball for the good of the team, but he has to get more touches than that. That’s on me.”
IU only committed 11 turnovers after committing 27 two nights earlier against Louisiana. Woodson has the Hoosiers run if they get more than 12.
“I have to run, too,” Woodson said. “I was shaking at halftime when we had 8. We finished with 11, so we’re right where we need to be.”
IU handled Jackson State’s zone, shooting 47 percent overall and making six three-pointers. It was early preparation for what it will face next week at Syracuse.
At one point, Woodson said, “I asked our coaches, ‘Is that how Syracuse extends their zone?’ I made the adjustment by going overload. Parker (Stewart) came out of it to hit a big three.
“I don’t see a lot of zones in the NBA. This is new for me. For the most part we executed pretty well.”
Despite a turnover on its first possession, and then three more on long passes that weren’t there, IU built a 26-9 lead.
Johnson, Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson were the offensive catalysts, while a stingy defense kept Jackson State out of synch.
Then the Hoosiers’ offense got stagnant. Jackson State closed to within 11. Woodson called a timeout and it led to Stewart’s second three-pointer, and a Tigers’ shot-clock violation.
“We have to move and get open looks, get the ball in the middle of the zone and make plays from there,” Kopp said.
Just before halftime, Kopp was fouled on a three-point attempt. He made all three free throws for a 34-17 Hoosier lead. Kopp and Johnson each had eight points. Johnson had five rebounds.
IU opened the second half on a 13-0 run — completing a 16-0 surge — to end any hopes of a Jackson State comeback.
The Hoosiers will wrap up the Indiana Classic with Saturday night’s game against Marshall.
One goal – improve offensive production.
“We’ve got to get our offense up to speed,” Woodson said. “I want our offense to be easier. We’re not there yet.”
INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. PURDUE
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET Date: Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 Location: Ross-Ade Stadium (57,236; Natural Grass) – West Lafayette, Ind. TV: FS1: Chris Vosters (p-b-p) & Devin Gardner (analyst) Radio: IU Radio Network; XM 382, SXM App 972: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith.
SETTING THE SCENE • Indiana (2-9, 0-8 B1G East) closes out the season at Purdue (7-4, 5-3 B1G West) on Saturday, Nov. 27. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET at Ross-Ade Stadium (57,236; Natural Grass) on FS1. • The longtime rivals battle for the Old Oaken Bucket, the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual game. • Saturday’s meeting marks the 96th Bucket game and the 123rd overall meeting. (more on page 2) • IU won 44-41 in double overtime the last time the two teams met on Nov. 30, 2019, in West Lafayette. • Last year’s game was canceled due to COVID-19 testing results at both schools. • The Hoosiers have faced six ranked opponents, each of which has entered the Top 10 in 2021, with a combined record of 49-9. • Linebacker Micah McFadden shares second in the Big Ten and seventh nationally with 15.5 tackles for loss, and he has at least one TFL in 15 of the last 16 games. • Peyton Hendershot is the Hoosiers tight ends receptions (130) and yardage (1,428) leader. His 14 touchdowns only trail Ted Bolser’s 15 from 2010-13.
THE COACHES • The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-31 in his fifth season as Indiana head football coach. His 24 wins over his first four years are the most for an IU head coach during that span. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote). (full bio on page 16) • Jeff Brohm is 26-29 in his fifth season as Purdue head coach. Brohm guided Western Kentucky (2014-16) to a 30-10 mark and carries an overall record of 56-39.
NEWS & NOTES • The team voted WR Ty Fryfogle, TE Peyton Hendershot, LB Cam Jones, DB Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB Micah McFadden, and QB Michael Penix Jr. season captains. • Jones, McCrary-Ball, McFadden, and Penix were also 2020 captains. • The Hoosiers (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, their highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4). • IU’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88). • Indiana has played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history. • Tom Allen reached win No. 25 in his 48th career game to become the third-fastest in program history to 25 victories behind James M. Sheldon (40 games) and James H. Horne (46 games).
GAME 12 PREP: OLD OAKEN BUCKET GAME RETURNS TO SOLD OUT ROSS-ADE STADIUM SATURDAY
WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue Football (7-4, 5-3 B1G) returns home for Senior Day at Ross-Ade Stadium, hosting in-state foe Indiana (2-9, 0-8 B1G) on Saturday, Nov. 27, for the annual Old Oaken Bucket Game. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1.
A total of 16 Boilermakers will be recognized on Senior Day on Saturday in a pregame ceremony. Head coach Jeff Brohm allows Purdue student-athletes to have the option of participating in Senior Day ahead of any decision-making process related to eligibility that may occur following the completion of the season.
Saturday’s Purdue-Indiana game is sold out, the second official sellout at Ross-Ade Stadium this season alongside the Wisconsin game (Oct. 23).
With the Indiana game (Nov. 27) sellout, Purdue will finish the 2021 season with an average home attendance of 56,333, which is the most at Ross-Ade Stadium since the 2008 season.
ABOUT THE OLD OAKEN BUCKET
• While Saturday’s game will be the 123rd meeting between the Boilermakers and Hoosiers, this year’s matchup will be just the 96th edition of the Old Oaken Bucket Game.
• Since 1925, Purdue and Indiana have played annually for the Old Oaken Bucket. The Boilermakers lead the Bucket portion of the all-time series 60-32-3, including 15 wins in the last 23 showdowns.
• Purdue has won two of the three matchups under head coach Jeff Brohm. This year’s game returns following the cancellation of the 2020 game due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• The Chicago alumni groups of both schools came up with the idea for a traveling trophy, and Russell Gray of Purdue and Clarence Jones of Indiana were given the task of finding an appropriate object. They recommended that “an old oaken bucket would be a most typical trophy from this state and should be taken from a well somewhere in Indiana.” Purdue’s Fritz Ernst and Whiley J. Huddle of Indiana found the fabled bucket, in a bad state of repair, covered with moss and mold, on the Bruner farm between Kent and Hanover in southern Indiana.
• The Bruner farm was settled in the 1840s, and family lore suggests the bucket might have been used by Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his soldiers during their incursion into Indiana in 1863 during the Civil War.
• George Ade, distinguished humorist from Purdue, and Harry Kurrie, president of the Monon Railroad, representing Indiana, formally introduced the Old Oaken Bucket in 1925. The Boilermakers and Hoosiers subsequently battled to a 0-0 tie Nov. 21 at Ross-Ade Stadium, resulting in an “I-P” link being attached to the bucket.
• Throughout its history, the bucket has been kidnapped by partisans from both schools – a couple of times missing so long that it was given up as lost, only to turn up mysteriously just before or after the annual game.
ON THE LINE
• The Boilermakers have the opportunity against Indiana to win their eighth game of the regular season, an accomplishment that has not occurred for the Old Gold & Black since 2006.
• In 2006, former head coach Joe Tiller’s Purdue squad went 8-5 during its regular season schedule before dropping its final game to Maryland in the Sun Bowl (Dec. 29, 2006).
• Dating back to 2000, Purdue has won eight games in an overall season four times, all during the Tiller era (2000, 2003, 2006, 2007).
• Purdue is also seeking a sixth victory in Big Ten play, which would be the most since Joe Tiller’s 2003 Boilermakers went 6-2 to tie for second in the conference standings.
• Head coach Jeff Brohm’s Boilermakers claimed their fifth league victory with the 32-14 win against Northwestern (Nov. 20), getting to the five-win mark in Big Ten action for the first time since 2018 and just the fifth time since the 2000 season.
• The Boilermakers won their fourth away game of the season with the win at Northwestern, a home game for the Wildcats at Wrigley Field. To find a Purdue squad with more road wins, one must search back to 1943, when Elmer Burnham’s band of Boilermakers went 9-0 on the season with a 5-0 away record.
BELL TABBED BILETNIKOFF AWARD FINALIST
• Junior WR David Bell was named a finalist for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award on Tuesday, Nov. 23, an honor annually “received” by college football’s outstanding FBS receiver.
• Any player, regardless of position (WR, TE, SB and RB) who catches a pass is eligible for the award. With the season that Bell is having (87 receptions, 1,207 yards, five touchdowns), he is certainly eligible.
• Bell joins former Purdue standout WR Taylor Stubblefield (2004) as the only Boilermakers to be a tabbed a finalist for the award.
• Among the fellow Biletnikoff finalists, Bell leads the group in receiving yards vs. Top 25 competitions at 624 yards.
• Bell currently leads the Big Ten in both receiving yards and receptions (120.7 yards and 8.7 catches per game).
• Bell ranks fourth nationally in receiving yards per game and third in receptions per game.
NUMBERS TO KNOW DOWN THE STRETCH
• The Boilermakers have made their presence known all across the college football landscape this season.
• The following numbers are the most important to remember:
1: QB Aidan O’Connell is No. 1 in Big Ten in comp. pct. at 72.7.
2: Purdue has two Top-5 wins for the first time since 1960.
3: Bowl-eligible for third time under head coach Jeff Brohm.
3: Three, again, #3 WR David Bell is a Biletnikoff semifinalist.
5: DE George Karlaftis, #5, is a Bednarik semifinalist.
6: O’Connell with 74.0+ pct. comp. in six-straight games.
10: S Cam Allen, #10, tied for third in Big Ten for INTs (4).
13: Past 6 games: 13 takeaways. Two total in first 5 games.
40: Bell has 40 catches against Top-25 teams this season.
624: Bell has 624 receiving yards in those games, as well.
1,207: Bell has 1,207 rec. yards in 2021, 5th in Purdue history.
BEST RIVALRY PERFORMANCES
• When a rivalry game has been played 122 times since 1891, there is bound to be some big games by Purdue as a team and by individual Boilermakers. Here are some of the top Purdue performances throughout the history of the rivalry with Indiana.
• Most Points (68 – 1892): In just the second meeting between the programs, Purdue rolled to a 68-0 victory which still stands as the largest margin of victory in the rivalry.
• Most Rushing Yards (272 – Otis Armstrong): Seven Boilermakers have rushed for more than 200 yards against the Hoosiers, and Otis Armstrong leads the way. The Purdue running back chalked up 272 yards on the ground in 1972, leading the team to a 42-7 victory.
• Most Passing Yards (522 – Kyle Orton): Heisman Trophy candidate Kyle Orton made his final game at Ross-Ade Stadium a memorable one, throwing for 522 yards and six touchdowns in a 63-24 victory over the Hoosiers in 2004. He tallied 401 yards and five touchdowns in the first half alone, leading the Boilermakers to an easy win.
• Most Receiving Yards (209 – Kyle Ingraham): One of Orton’s favorite targets in the 2004 version of the Old Oaken Bucket Game was Kyle Ingraham, who hauled in 11 catches for 209 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Not to be forgotten that day was Taylor Stubblefield’s record-setting performance. His 14 catches for 138 yards gave him 309 career receptions, an NCAA record at the time.
SINGLE-SEASON RECORD WATCH
• The Boilermakers have completed 354 passes on the season, just 23 shy of the school record (377) set in 1998.
• Purdue is 403 yards away from the school record of passing yards in a single season (4,208-1998)
• Fifth-year senior QB Aidan O’Connell is currently on pace to destroy the school record for completion percentage by a Purdue quarterback; the fifth-year senior has completed 72.7 percent of his passes (263-362), well above David Blough’s record of 66.0 percent (305-462) in 2018.
• Junior WR David Bell (1,207) needs 101 yards to set a new Purdue record for receving yards in a single season; John Standeford’s 2002 season (1,307) remains the top mark for now.
• With its sixth win of the season against Michigan State (Nov. 6), Purdue became bowl eligible for first time since 2018.
• The Boilermakers will be bowl bound for the third time in five seasons under Jeff Brohm.
AIR IT OUT, AIDAN
• The most accurate passer, currently, in the Big Ten Conference is Purdue signal caller Aidan O’Connell. The fifth-year senior QB is completing 72.7 percent of his throws (263-362), while averaging 26.3 completions per game. Both marks rank fifth nationally.
• Over his last six games, O’Connell is completing more than 75.0 percent of his pass attempts (.752, 197-262). Since the 2000 season, O’Connell is the only Purdue quarterback to string together three consecutive games above the 74.0-percent mark, let alone the current six-game span.
• In games against Top 5 competition (at No. 2 Iowa, No. 3 Michigan State, and at No. 4 Ohio State), O’Connell has thrown for 1,301 passing yards (433.7 avg.) and completed 110-of-146 pass attempts (.753). For those three games, O’Connell has a 9-0 TD-INT ratio.
• O’Connell passed for 423 yards in the win over Northwestern, Nov. 20, becoming just sixth Purdue quarterback to have multiple 400-yard games in a single season. He joined Drew Brees, who accomplished the feat three times in his historic career (1998-2000), as well as Boilermaker quarterbacks Jim Everett (1985), Curtis Painter (2006), David Blough (2016) and Elijah Sindelar (2019). O’Connell became the seventh quarterback in Purdue history to produce at least five 300-yard games in a season and the first since David Blough (2016). It was the eighth 300-yard passing game for O’Connell in his Purdue career, moving into a tie with Mark Herrmann for fifth on the all-time list.
• The effort by O’Connell at Northwestern (Nov. 20) was the 24th 300-yard passing performance during head coach Jeff Brohm’s tenure with the Boilermakers.
THE PRICE IS WRIGHT
• Junior wide receiver Milton Wright had a career day against Northwestern at Wrigley Field (Nov. 20), hauling in eight receptions for 213 yards and three touchdowns to earn career highs in all three categories.
• The performance was Wright’s first multi-touchdown game of his career, and he joined David Bell as Boilermaker wide receivers recording a trio of receiving touchdowns in a game this season. In fact, only four other Big Ten receivers have scored at least three touchdowns in a game during the 2021 campaign.
• Wright’s performance also marked the sixth time a Big Ten receiver put together a 200-yard game this season. Three of those were by Boilermakers (Bell-2, Wright-1), the first time in school history that Purdue had three 200-yard games from receivers in a single season.
• Wright eclipsed the 100-yard plateau in the first half (five catches, 101 yards), securing his second 100-yard game as a Boilermaker.
PURDUE PLAYS NO. 22/23 WEST VIRGINIA ON THANKSGIVING
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Set for its toughest test of the season at the St. Pete Showcase in Florida, the Purdue women’s basketball team opens the tournament on Thanksgiving Day at 5 p.m. against No. 22/23 West Virginia, the first ranked opponent this season. The game at the McArthur Center on the campus of Eckerd College will be streamed through FloHoops ($).
Fans can listen to the game on the Purdue Sports Network on 95.3 BOB FM, starting at 4:45 p.m., with Brian Jennings on the call.
Purdue (4-1) vs. No. 22/23 West Virginia (3-0)
Thursday, Nov. 25
Time: 5 PM
Radio: 95.3 BOB FM
Live Stats: TritonStats.com
LAST TIME OUT
The Boilermakers bounced back into the win column with a 70-60 win over Marshall on Monday night. Ra Shaya Kyle recorded her first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Cassidy Hardin knocked down a trio of 3-pointers, as Purdue hit seven from the outside in the win. Abbey Ellis finished with 14 points and went 6-of-6 at the free throw line.
• The Boilermakers own a 1-0 lead all-time against the Mountaineers. Purdue and West Virginia met once in 1990. No. 4 Purdue shot 61.6% to take an 89-59 win. Two-time All-American Joy Holmes scored 33 points with Rhonda Mateen adding 21. Purdue went on to win their first Big Ten title that year.
• Ra Shaya Kyle is averaging a 14.4 points per game, good for 15th in the nation among true centers and 9.1 points per game better than her rookie year.
• Purdue is set to face five potentially ranked teams in its next five outings – Nov. 25 vs. No. 22/23 West Virginia, Nov. 27 vs. No. 17/22 Florida State or RV/RV BYU, Dec. 1 vs. RV/No. 25 Georgia Tech, Dec. 5 vs. No. 21/24 Ohio State and Dec. 8 at No. 2/3 Maryland.
• The Boilermakers’ last ranked win came against No. 25 Indiana Jan. 20, 2019. Purdue have lost 18 straight to ranked teams.
• Abbey Ellis is one of 10 guards in the nation averaging at least 13 points and shooting 50% from the field and 90% at the line.
• While Purdue has made at least seven 3-pointers in each of its four wins, the Boilermakers’ 3-point defense ranks second in the Big Ten with opponents shooting 22.8% from deep and lead the league with 4.2 triples against per game.
• Purdue has scored 70 points or more and made at least seven 3-pointers in all four wins.
• Head coach Katie Gearlds led Purdue to a 23-22 record against ranked opponents during her playing career at Purdue.
BUTLER MBB DROPS 57-50 DECISION TO TEXAS A&M AT MAUI INVITATIONAL
A second-half comeback came up short as the Bulldogs fell to Texas A&M, 57-50, Tuesday afternoon in the Maui Invitational being played in Las Vegas.
The Bulldogs cut what was once a 13-point deficit to only three in the final minute before the Aggies were able to close out the contest.
Butler was done in by 19 turnovers, which the Aggies converted into 21 points.
Jair Bolden led the Bulldogs with 10 points; Jayden Taylor added nine. Myles Wilmoth was one of three Bulldogs with seven points, matching his career-high.
Quenton Jackson came off the bench to lead Texas A&M with 15 points and five steals.
Butler led, 18-17, with 7:47 remaining in the first half. The Aggies then closed the half with a 16-3 run, aided by nine of Butler’s 13 first-half turnovers during that closing stretch. Texas A&M led 33-21 after the first 20 minutes of play.
The largest lead held by Texas A&M was 13 (37-24) with 16:56 remaining in the contest. Butler would chip away at points throughout the second half and eventually used a 10-3 run to cut the lead to 50-45 with 6:46 to play. A three-minute Butler scoring drought would follow.
A Chuck Harris putback with 27 seconds remaining would cut the lead to 53-50, but four made Aggie free throws and three empty Butler possessions led to the final margin.
Butler is now 3-3 on the season; Texas A&M improves to 5-1.
Butler will now play its third and final contest of the Maui Invitational Wednesday at 9 p.m. (Eastern; 6 p.m. Pacific / Las Vegas). The Bulldogs’ opponent will be either Notre Dame or Chaminade depending on the result of their game being played later this evening.
SIUE TOPS @BUTLER WBB 87-74
INDIANAPOLIS – Butler and SIUE each shot over 50 percent from the field on Tuesday afternoon to light up the scoreboard inside Hinkle Fieldhouse. After 40 minutes of action, the Cougars would hand the Bulldogs an 87-74 setback.
How It Happened
SIUE used a 12-1 scoring run in the first quarter to open up a 28-15 lead over BU. The Bulldogs would battle back with 28 points of their own in the second frame, but would still face an eight-point deficit at the half.
After the stoppage, SIUE would come out of the locker room to score the first nine points of the second half. The Cougars outscored Butler 25-11 in the third to take a commanding lead and after 20 fourth quarter BU points the two teams would hear the final horn with SIUE claiming an 87-74 victory.
Mikia Keith led all players with 17 points and teammate Jaida Hampton would score 16 for the Cougars off the bench. SIUE outrebounded BU 35-20. That helped the Cougars win second chance points 21-8 and fast break points 16-2.
Stat of the Game
Emilia Sexton hit five 3-pointers on Tuesday to score 15 points for the Bulldogs.
Inside the Box Score
– Zoe Jackson scored 12 of her team-high 16 points in the second quarter.
– Jackson just missed a double-double by adding a team-best eight assists
– Trinity White provided BU with 11 points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal.
– Celena Taborn came off the bench to give Butler 10 points and three assists.
– This is the first game this season where BU had four student-athletes score 10+ points in the same game.
The Bulldogs will head downtown on Sunday, Nov. 28 to play at IUPUI. Tip is set for 3 PM.
BOWL ELIGIBLE! CARDINALS TOP BUFFALO ON SENIOR NIGHT
MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State celebrated senior night in style, earning a 20-3 win over Buffalo in Tuesday night #MACtion at Scheumann Stadium to become bowl eligible for the second consecutive season.
“What a great win for our players, especially the guys who were taking the field at Scheumann Stadium for the final time,” Ball State head coach Mike Neu said. “I’m just so proud of them. I know selfishly for me, I get a chance to spend more time with them, and that’s exciting to me. I know we’ll learn soon where we’re going in terms of a bowl game, but what a great night. What a great way to finish it off.
“It was a dominating performance by our defense. Special teams were awesome with the number of punts that were downed inside the 5-yard line and pinning them back. The defense just played lights out with four interceptions, sacks and just kept answering the challenge each and every time. It was just a great win. I’m so excited for our guys to be going back to a bowl game again.”
In a rematch of last season’s Mid-American Conference Championship Game, the Cardinals (6-6, 4-4 MAC) defense set the tone, starting with an interception by Malcolm Lee on the Bulls’ (4-8, 2-6 MAC) opening drive.
It was one of several big defensive plays over the course of the game which helped Ball State hold a league opponent to single digits for the first time since a 20-3 victory at Buffalo on Nov. 11, 2010.
In all, the Cardinals collected four interceptions and limited the Bulls to 148 rushing yards and 188 yards through the air.
On the other side, the Ball State offense was able to capitalize on the early pick, following it up with a 42-yard touchdown drive which was capped by a one-yard Drew Plitt run. Then, on the ensuing Buffalo drive, BSU’s special teams got into the action with a blocked punt by Hassan Littles which gave Ball State the ball at the Buffalo six.
Three plays later, Plitt connected with Jayshon Jackson for a seven-yard score and the Cardinals were up 14-0. Plitt finished the day 19-31-0 for 176 yards and one touchdown, with 103 of those yards going to Jackson.
Add field goals of 35 yards in the second quarter and 48 yards in the third quarter from kicker Jacob Lewis to cap the scoring for the Cardinals. Meanwhile, Buffalo’s lone points came from a 38-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
There were chances for the Bulls, however, but every opportunity led to a big play from the Ball State defense.
Buffalo looked to gain momentum late in the third quarter after its longest play of the day, a 29-yard pass, gave it the ball at the Ball State 41-yard line. However, a sack by Anthony Ekpe and Clayton Coll on second down set the Bulls back eight yards. Christian Albright followed with a pass breakup, ultimately forcing a punt.
On the next Buffalo possession at the start of the fourth quarter, J.T. Wahee got into the action by intercepting a UB pass at the Ball State 11-yard line. It was Wahee’s second interception of the season.
With Buffalo driving again on its next possession, Jaylin Thomas registered his team-leading fourth pick of the year, collecting the ball at the Ball State 36-yard line. Along with his interception, Thomas led all players with 14 tackles, including six solo.
Bryce Cosby then sealed the victory with his second interception of the season, stopping a potential scoring drive at the Ball State one yard line and returning it for what appeared to be a 99-yard touchdown. Unfortunately, his return was called back as his knee was ruled to have touched the ground at the two.
In addition to the blocked punt, BSU’s special teams also pinned the Bulls inside the five yard line three times in the second half. The first was a 42-yard chip shot from Plitt in the third which pinned Buffalo back to the five.
Nathan Snyder followed with a pair of 49-yard fourth-quarter punts which pinned the Bulls on the one each time. The first came on the drive following Wahee’s pick, while the second came on the drive after Thomas’ interception.
The Cardinals, who earned a 34-13 victory over No. 19 San Jose State in last season’s Offerpad Arizona Bowl, will now await word on a potential bowl bid to end the 2021 season. Ball State will be looking to make the 11th bowl appearance in program history with the others coming in 1965, 1967, 1989, 1993, 1996, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2020.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: HAMILTON NAMED BEDNARIK AWARD FINALIST
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — University of Notre Dame football safety Kyle Hamilton was named one of four finalists for the 2021 Bednarik Award on Tuesday. The Bednarik Award recognizes the top defensive player in college football and it is the second-straight season the Irish have a finalist for the award (Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – 2020).
Hamilton leads the Irish with three interceptions and has 35 tackles and four pass breakups in seven games this season. Earlier in the season, he was named a First Team Midseason All-America selection by the Associated Press, Sporting News, CBS Sports, ESPN.com, The Athletic and Athlon Sports.
Hamilton opened the season with two interceptions in Notre Dame’s road-overtime win over Florida State. He was the first Irish player to have two interceptions in a game since Alohi Gilman in 2018 against Syracuse. For his efforts against the Seminoles, he earned LOTT Impact Player of the Week honors.
In the Irish’s home win over Purdue, Hamilton tied a career high with 10 tackles, including one to halt a Purdue fourth down conversion attempt in the first half. Later in the fourth quarter, Hamilton recorded his third interception of the season in the red zone to thwart a Purdue comeback attempt. Following his performance against the Boilermakers, he garnered player of the week awards from Walter Camp, Athlon, Pro Football Focus and was named the Bednarik Award Player of the Week.
The winner will be announced at the presentation gala on March 22, 2022 in Atlantic City.
NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: MAX ELLIS NAMED B1G FIRST STAR OF THE WEEK
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Junior forward Max Ellis has been selected as Big Ten Hockey’s First Star of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday morning (Nov. 23).
The Canton, Michigan native helped lead Notre Dame to a weekend sweep at top-ranked Michigan as the Irish notched back-to-back overtime wins (Nov. 19-20).
In game one, Ellis assisted Ryder Rolston’s overtime winner. Then on Saturday night, Ellis posted the first hat trick of his career, capped by scoring the overtime game-winning goal. He became the first visiting player to record a hat trick at Yost Ice Arena in 15 years (2006).
On the season, Ellis leads the Irish with 10 goals and 18 points while his eight assists are tied for the team lead. His 18 points are also a single-season, career-high total as his previous high was 16 points (5-11-16) last season in 24 games as a sophomore.
The last time a Notre Dame player earned Big Ten First Star of the Week honors was Graham Slaggert on Jan. 19, 2021, which also followed a road sweep of a top-ranked team (at Minnesota).
B1G Stars Of The Week — Nov. 23
First Star: Max Ellis, Jr., F, Notre Dame
Second Star: Matthew Knies, Fr., F, Minnesota
Third Star: Jimmy Dowd Jr., So., D, Penn State
Notre Dame’s 2021-22 B1G Stars of the Week
First Star: Max Ellis (Nov. 23)
Third Star: Matthew Galajda (Oct. 26 & Nov. 16)
Winners of six straight including a weekend sweep at top-ranked Michigan this past weekend (Nov. 19-20), Notre Dame will now be off until playing host to Ohio State on Dec. 3-4 at the Compton Family Ice Arena.
CRENSHAW EARNS FIRST CAREER WIN AS JAGS ROLL PAST SPALDING, 61-41
INDIANAPOLIS – After a collection of close calls and near misses in the season’s first five games, the IUPUI basketball team left little to doubt in its home opener on Tuesday night (Nov. 23) as the Jaguars built a 15-2 lead in the game’s opening six-plus minutes and never looked back in a 61-41 win over Spalding University. The victory marked the first in the head coaching career for Matt Crenshaw as the Jaguars limited the guests to just 10 first half points and 36.4 percent shooting on the evening.
IUPUI (1-5) had just nine players dressed due to some early season injuries and five either matched or set new career-highs in the scoring column. Sophomore Bakari LaStrap had a team-high 10 points off the Jaguars’ bench and Jonah Carrasco, Boston Stanton III and Azariah Seay each tallied eight apiece. Nathan McClure had five points and a team-high seven rebounds in the win.
“I’m pleased with the win and the overall effort,” Crenshaw said. “We still have a lot of work to do. I thought we showed a lot of intensity defensively in the first half, but we got a little sloppy once we got a big lead. We still had way too many turnovers and that’s the area we need to continue to improve the most.
“I’m happy for our guys, but I’m more excited that we have some time to get back to work before we play again.”
IUPUI asserted itself early as Bobby Harvey collected a steal on Spalding’s first possession and raced the other way for an uncontested dunk. After Carrasco bullied his way inside for a bucket, Stanton swished a three on the Jags’ next possession for a quick 7-0 lead. KJ Pruitt scored on a drive on the next trip and the lead grew to 11-0 when Carrasco putback a Pruitt miss at the 16:27 mark.
The Jaguars maintained a double-digit lead over the final 34 minutes of the contest and led by as many as 24 in the first half at 29-5. IUPUI led 33-10 at halftime as Spalding made just 4-of-22 (18.2 percent) from the field in the opening half and had eight turnovers. IUPUI outrebounded the smaller Golden Eagles by a 23-9 margin in the opening 20 minutes.
The second half was much more evenly played as Spalding (2-4) employed a zone and dared IUPUI to get hot from distance. The zone disrupted the Jaguars into 11 second half turnovers, including some unforced errors that led to transition points.
IUPUI finished the game shooting 46 percent overall and 7-of-23 from three-point range. Spalding closed at 36 percent and 0-of-7 from three. The Jags outrebounded the guests by a 37-20 margin and cashed in on 11 second chance points.
Troy Amanor, Tylan Mann and Isaiah Lockard all finished with 11 points to lead Spalding.
IUPUI will host Detroit Mercy to open Horizon League play on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7:00 p.m. inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
PFW WBB: UNBEATEN MASTODONS WELCOME EVANSVILLE ON WEDNESDAY
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The 3-0 Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team will welcome Evansville to the Gates Sports Center this week for a Wednesday game at 2 p.m. in the Gates Sports Center.
Game Day Information
Who: Evansville Purple Aces
When: Wednesday, November 24 | 2 p.m.
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center
Live Stats: Link
Know Your Foe
Evansville is 3-1 in its first season under head coach Robyn Scherr-Wells with wins over Austin Peay, Oakland City and Eastern Kentucky. The Purple Aces are coming off their only loss of the year, an 85-74 double-overtime loss at Eastern Illinois. Abby Feit is leading UE in points and rebounds, recording 24.0 points and 9.3 boards per game.
Purdue Fort Wayne leads the all-time series against the Purple Aces 3-2, with Evansville taking the first and most recent wins. The Mastodons’ most recent victory came in 2019, when Hannah Albrecht scored 30 to lead the ‘Dons to a 67-64 win.
How They Got Here
The Mastodons are 3-0, 2-0 Horizon League, but have only played two games. Per League regulations vetted by multiple membership groups and approved by the Horizon League Council, the ‘Dons took a forfeit win over IUPUI due to the Jaguars having positive COVID-19 cases among their program. The ‘Dons won their other two games over Manchester (102-35) and UIC (69-63).
What’s at Stake This Week
If the Mastodons win on Wednesday, Purdue Fort Wayne will be 4-0 for the first time since joining Division I in 2001. It will be the first time since the 1995-96 season that the ‘Dons start 4-0. In 1995-96, the Mastodons started the season with 14-straight wins, which started a 23-5 season that ended with a berth to the NCAA Regional Tournament.
Back 2 Back!
Ryin Ott was selected as the Horizon League Freshman of the Week for the second time in as many weeks on Monday, November 22. Ott helped lead the Mastodons to a 69-63 win over UIC by registering a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Through two weeks of action, Ott averaged 15.0 points per game, more than double of any other freshman in the league. This ranked eighth in the league among all players.
Taking Care of the Basketball
With all games through November 21, Purdue Fort Wayne has the second-fewest turnovers in the country with 24. Cal Poly is leading the country in that category with just 20. The mastodons are 17th in the country in turnovers per game at 12.0. Colorado State is the nation’s best a 9.0 per game.
Shayla’s Career Night
Shayla Sellers had her best performance as a Mastodon against UIC on November 18. She scored 23 and grabbed 11 rebounds, both career-highs, while shooting 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) from the floor, 5-of-6 (83.3 percent) from 3-point range and 4-of-4 from the fre. Sellers had only three points and three rebounds at halftime, scoring 20 points and grabbing eight boards after the intermission.
In the Mastodons’ 69-63 win over UIC, Purdue Fort Wayne got double-doubles out of Shayla Sellers and Ryin Ott. Sellers had career-highs in both points and rebounds with 23 and 11. Ott went for 14 points and 10 rebounds, the latter of which was a career-high.
In a League of Their Own
Shayla Sellers (16 ppg, 9 rpg) and Ryin Ott (15 ppg, 8 rpg) are two of just three players in the Horizon League averaging at least 15 points and eight rebounds per game. The only other player on this list is Youngstown State’s Lilly Ritz, averaging 18 points and eight boards.
Perfect From the Line
Purdue Fort Wayne is the only Horizon League team with any players that have averaged at least 2.5 free throws made per game and are also perfect from the stripe. The Mastodons actually have two! Shayla Sellers and Aubrey Stupp are 6-of-6 and 10-of-10, respectively. They are two of 28 players in Division I that meet those criteria.
3 and Oh So Nice
Maria Marchesano is the second coach in Mastodon women’s basketball history to start 3-0 in their career. Kirk Kavanaugh, who coached the Mastodons from 1982-85, started his career 4-0. This opening four games included a 71-66 overtime win over Indiana Tech, where he was 32-10 as the head coach from 1980-82.
Last Time Out
Behind career-high points and rebounds from Shayla Sellers, the ‘Dons moved to 2-0 with a 69-63 win over UIC. Sellers and Ryin Ott both recorded double-doubles. The Mastodons took a forfeit win over IUPUI to move to 3-0.
Purdue Fort Wayne will have their first road game of the season at SIUE on Sunday (Nov. 28). SIUE’s season is highlighted by a 71-62 win over Big Ten member Illinois.
UE RALLY FALLS SHORT AGAINST VERMONT
ESTERO, Fla. – Less than 24 hours after playing a triple overtime game against Rice, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team was right back in action on Tuesday in the first-ever meeting against Vermont at the Gulf Coast Showcase.
Box Score (PDF)
After trailing by one at the half, the Purple Aces (2-5) dropped the contest to the Catamounts (4-2) by a final of 58-49. Jawaun Newton followed up Monday’s career effort with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting. He added three rebounds and connected on four 3-pointers. Noah Frederking added nine points and a team-high seven boards. Leading Vermont was Isaiah Powell with 17 points.
After completing the first 30-point game of his career, Jawaun Newton came out on fire once again, knocking down two early 3-pointers to give the Aces an 8-2 lead four minutes into the game. Vermont rallied to tie it up at 10-10 on a 3-point play at the 11:51 mark.
The next segment belonged to Evansville, who outscored the Catamounts by a 9-2 margin to take its largest lead at 19-12. Noah Frederking got it started with a jumper before Blaise Beauchamp connected on his first basket of the game. It was Newton who capped off the run, posting the final five points to give the Aces the 19-12 lead with 7:36 remaining in the half.
Evansville’s lead remained at seven (23-16) with 3:41 on the clock, but over the final minutes, Vermont made its way back into the contest before eventually taking the lead. The Catamounts recorded the final 8 points of the half including a pair of free throws in the final 10 seconds to take the first lead of the game at 24-23. UE missed its final three shots while turning it over twice. Newton led all scorers with 11 in the opening stanza.
Vermont scored first out of the half before extending the advantage to eight points at 33-25. Over a stretch of 9:15, the Catamounts outscored the Aces by a 17-2 margin when the run wrapped up with 14:26 left. A 3-point play by Newton along with a triple from Gage Bobe helped the Aces cut the deficit to three, but Vermont would slowly extend its lead, pushing the edge to 42-33 as the game entered its final nine minutes.
With two minutes remaining, the Vermont lead reached a game-high 16 points (56-40) before UE was able to close in the final minutes, leading to a final of 58-49. UE completes the Gulf Coast Showcase on Wednesday at 11 a.m. against either Appalachian State or Akron.
COASTAL CAROLINA EDGES VALPO IN NASSAU CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINAL
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team led by as many as eight midway through the second half in Tuesday night’s Nassau Championship semifinal in Nassau, The Bahamas, but Coastal Carolina clawed back in front and handed the Beacons a narrow 64-61 setback in a back-and-forth thriller. Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy]) hit a game-tying 3-pointer in the final minute, but the Chanticleers responded with a 3 of their own that stood as the difference in the game.
How It Happened
The two teams exchanged defensive stops early before Thomas Kithier’s (Macomb, Mich. / Clarkson [Michigan State]) 3-point play started the scoring with 18:24 remaining in the first half.
Offense was hard to come by in the early going. Edwards had a fastbreak jumper to snap a 5-5 tie with 13:38 left in the first half, then Kithier knocked one in to extend the lead to four at 9-5 with over seven minutes elapsed in the game.
The Chanticleers scored seven straight points to take a 12-9 lead, then Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place]) ran off four points in a row before freshman Trey Woodyard (London, Ohio / International Sports Academy) knocked down a go-ahead triple. Woodyard’s first career 3 made it 16-14 Valpo with 8:21 left in the first.
Edwards had a 3 that extended the lead to four with 4:45 left in the first half, and later Kevion Taylor (Milwaukee, Wis. / Whitnall [Winona State]) converted from distance to bolster the lead to five at 30-25 with 38 seconds left in the opening half. A Coastal Carolina free throw closed the first-half scoring and Valpo went into the break-up 30-26.
The second half started as a defensive battle as both teams went cold offensively over the first 5:35. Neither team made a field goal in that stretch as both teams went 0-for-6 shooting to begin the half.
After the under-16 media timeout, the lid seemed to come off the basket at both ends of the court. After a Vince Cole layup cut Valpo’s lead to two and helped Coastal Carolina notch the first basket of the second half, Taylor responded with a 3 to up the lead back to five.
The Taylor 3 represented the first of five straight made shots for the Beacons. Freshman point guard Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Orangeville Prep) made plays during that stretch, assisting on an Edwards 3 before converting a fastbreak layup. His basket at 12:46 gave Valpo an eight-point cushion, its largest lead of the day.
Valpo got a stop on the other end and had the ball looking to extend the lead to double figures, but that possession came up empty. Coastal Carolina carved into the lead, but Valpo boosted the cushion back to seven by the 10:05 mark, when Joe Hedstrom (Hopkins, Minn. / Hopkins [Wisconsin]) split a pair of free throws. Valpo was up 47-40 midway through the second half, but the Chanticleers scored the game’s next seven points to draw even.
Valpo broke through a dry spell when Trevor Anderson (Stevens Point, Wis. / SPASH [Wisconsin]) created and hit a midrange jumper to tilt the lead back in the Beacons’ favor with 7:14 on the clock at 49-47. The two teams went back and forth the rest of the way.
Taylor hit a few big-time 3s down the stretch, giving Valpo a 54-51 lead with 4:46 to go and later creating a 57-all deadlock with 2:39 on the clock. Coastal took the lead with 1:42 remaining on an Essam Mostafa layup, then Valpo couldn’t find the well after a baseline inbounds with three on the shot clock as CCU got a big stop.
Coastal Carolina extended the lead on a Vince Cole layup with 57 seconds left, but Edwards drilled a game-tying 3 with 40 seconds to go.
Rudi Williams responded by hitting a triple from the top of the key with 23 seconds remaining, putting Coastal back up by three at 64-61. Valpo’s last gasp was a deep 3 by Taylor that deflected on the heel of the rim, went high into the air, hit the front of the rim and then fell short with all zeros on the clock.
Inside the Game
Kithier hauled in a career-high 12 rebounds, finishing one point away from a double-double. He surpassed his previous personal best of 11, which occurred on Nov. 13 vs. UIC. Kithier also gave out three assists and swiped a pair of steals.
Taylor’s five 3-pointers marked his most in a Valpo uniform. His collegiate career high is seven on two occasions while at Winona State. His 15 points allowed him to finish in double figures for the second straight night and the fourth time in the first five games of the season.
Edwards accumulated 13 points, reaching double figures for the fifth time in as many games this season and the sixth straight contest dating back to last year. He also handed out three assists.
Krikke finished with 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting and grabbed five rebounds while drawing four fouls, picking up a steal and blocking two shots in his second game since his return from an injury.
The Beacons fell despite shooting at a higher clip than Coastal Carolina from the floor, the 3-point arc and the free-throw line. Valpo did lose the turnover battle 12-7 and the rebounding battle 42-36 as Coastal Carolina squeezed 15 offensive boards. Valpo was outscored in the paint 44-20.
Valpo was on top for the majority of the game, holding the lead for 27:35 to Coastal Carolina’s 4:45. Valpo owned a halftime advantage for the first time this season.
The 64 points represented the fewest Valpo has surrendered in a game this season and the fewest the team has permitted in any of its last seven games dating back to last season.
Valpo (1-4) will attempt to bounce back with a quick turnaround on Wednesday as the Beacons battle Tulane for third place in the Nassau Championship. The game will tip off at 4:30 p.m. Central Time and will be carried on FloHoops. In addition, the hometown radio call will be available on 95.1 FM Valparaiso, ValpoAthletics.com and the TuneIn Radio app.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS TIGHT CONTEST AT UIC TUESDAY
The Valpo women’s basketball team rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit Tuesday evening at UIC to forge ahead to a six-point lead in the fourth quarter, but the host Flames struck back and eventually emerged on top, 68-64.
How It Happened
Caitlin Morrison (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) scored five early points, the last three of which came on a triple with 4:51 to play in the first quarter and put Valpo ahead 11-10.
UIC scored the final 10 points of the opening period to lead 20-11 at the end of the first.
Valpo kept the Flames from extending the lead beyond nine points in the second quarter, and cut the deficit to three points on multiple occasions, the last of which came on a basket from Grace White (Redby, Minn./Red Lake [Denver]) with 1:49 to play in the half.
UIC knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the final 90 seconds of the half as it took a 33-26 lead into halftime.
The deficit reached 10 points 2:30 into the second half, and Valpo still trailed by nine at 41-32 with 5:43 to play in the third quarter.
The Beacons closed the quarter with 17 of the final 24 points to pull back ahead with 10 minutes to play, 49-48. Five different players scored during that stretch, with White tallying seven points in the span.
Shay Frederick (Greenville, Wis./Hortonville) and Carie Weinman (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South [Denver]) combined for eight points in the first three-plus minutes of the fourth quarter as Valpo extended its lead to 57-51 with 6:48 to play.
The Beacons went scoreless for a stretch of over three and a half minutes, with UIC scoring eight straight to go back in front.
Weinman snapped the run with a 3-point play to put Valpo ahead 60-59 with 3:02 to play, but the Flames scored five points on their next two possessions to take a four-point lead.
A basket from Weinman with 1:11 to play made it a two-point game, but after the teams traded turnovers, UIC got a layup from Justice Gee with 25 seconds to go to push its lead to 66-62.
Valpo responded right away with a layup by Lauren Gunn (Fishers, Ind./Lawrence North) to again move to within two points, and after UIC split a pair at the foul line, the Beacons had the ball with a shot to tie the game. Valpo’s final 3-point attempt was off the mark, however.
Inside the Game
Weinman led all players on Tuesday with 23 points, hitting 9-of-14 from the field. It was her ninth effort of 20+ points in her time at Valpo.
White filled up the stat sheet with 12 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. She paced Valpo in both rebounds and steals, while her six assists were just one off a career high.
Frederick also came up just one assist off a career high, dishing out seven assists. The senior now owns 370 career assists and jumped two spots up to fifth on Valpo’s all-time chart in the category on Tuesday.
Frederick added nine points and five rebounds and matched White with four steals as well.
Morrison played in her 117th career game at Valpo on Tuesday, moving her into the program’s all-time top-10 in games played. She closed the evening with 10 points and six rebounds.
Valpo shot a season-best 52.1% from the field on Tuesday, but was just 4-for-16 from 3-point range compared to UIC’s 9-for-16 night from behind the arc.
The Beacons outscored the Flames in the paint, 42-26.
Valpo (0-5) returns to action following Thanksgiving, as its next game is set for Monday evening at Western Michigan. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. CT.
UINDY CRUISES TO THANKSGIVING CLASSIC VICTORY
INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s basketball team is back at .500 after a 90-41 win over Ohio Valley on Tuesday night. Four Hounds posted double figures in the non-conference victory.
The 49-point victory marks the largest margin of victory under head coach Paul Corsaro. Its UIndy’s largest win since December 7, 2013 when the Hounds topped IU Northwest 109-39 inside Nicoson Hall.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Jesse Bingham scored the first eight points of the game as the Hounds went on to lead for all 40 minutes of play. A 3-pointer from Cory Miller Jr. put UIndy ahead by 10 and also spark a 9-0 run from the Hounds for their largest run of the game. The Hounds took a 44-18 lead to the break, marking the second-lowest points they’ve allowed scored since Illinois Springfield scored 16 in January 2021.
The second half saw the Hounds shoot 56.7% from the floor on 17-for-30 shooting. Kendrick Tchoua and Sean Peeters both scored 10 points in the second half alone. UIndy scored 24 points in the paint to Ohio Valley’s 16.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Kendrick Tchoua posted a team-best 18 points and 8 rebounds.
– Sean Peeters had a stellar game off the bench, scoring 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting. He grabbed five rebounds and four steals while dishing out three assists.
– Jesse Bingham and Cory Miller Jr. also finished in double figures with 12 and 11 respectively.
– The Hounds forced 21 Fighting Scot turnovers while committing 11 themselves.
– UIndy won the board battle, 47 to 34.
UIndy closes out the week on Wednesday, facing Northwood University of the GLIAC. Tip off is slated for 2:30 ET in Nicoson Hall.
SAUCEDA HEADLINES ALL-MIDWEST SQUAD
INDIANAPOLIS – The postseason awards continue to roll in for the UIndy women’s soccer team with three Greyhounds earning 2021 D2CCA NCAA Division II All-Midwest Region honors. The senior trio of Kiki Sauceda, Taylor Peck and Dana Youssef were all named to the First Team, with Sauceda also earning the title of Midwest Region Player of the Year.
Sauceda had a stellar season in 2021, pacing the team with 15 goals, including a pair of hat tricks. The San Bernadino, Calif., native netted six game winners while tallying 33 points on the year. Sauceda was named the GLVC Offensive Player of the Week twice this season. She adds to her All-GLVC First Team selection from this fall as well as a All-GLVC Third Team selection from the 2021 spring season.
Last week, Youssef was named the GLVC Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. The graduate student anchored a UIndy defense that allowed just nine goals in league play with a 0.64 goals against average. Offensively the Monchengladback, Germany native tallied four assists in the regular season while taking 15 shots.
Peck brings home her second career All-Midwest Region nod. The Oswego, Ill., native picked up All-GLVC First Team honors this year after starting in 16 games for the Hounds. The midfielder scored three goals on the season, two of which were game winners, while also tallying one assist.
The D2CCA Player of the Year award and all-region teams are nominated and selected by the region’s sports information directors. The 13 members of the All-Midwest Region First Team will now be placed on the national ballot for All-America consideration.
FIVE ON MEN’S SOCCER EARN ALL-MIDWEST REGION HONORS
INDIANAPOLIS – Five student-athletes on the University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team earned an esteemed honor on Thursday as the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) announced the 2021 All-Midwest Region Teams. Dimitrios Karousos, Alejandro Steinwascher, Eli Dulle, and Makel Rasheed were all named to the First Team while Kendall Allen found a spot on the Second Team.
Karousos, who is a back-to-back First Team All-GLVC selection, has started in 17 matches so far this season and has recorded 40 saves alongside seven shutouts. His 0.75 goals against average (GAA) currently ranks 13th in DII.
Steinwascher, who is the back-to-back GLVC Offensive Player of the Year, is having a stellar season so far by amassing a team-high 12 goals and eight assists. Currently, he has scored at least one point for the Hounds in seven of his last nine matches played.
Dulle, a 2021 Third Team All-GLVC selection, joins Steinwascher as the only Greyhounds to start in all 19 matches this season. He has accumulated four goals and four assists so far while sitting tied for fourth on the team with 28 total shots.
Rasheed, the back-to-back GLVC Defensive Player of the Year, has managed five goals and three assists while leading a strong Greyhound defense so far this season. Through 19 matches, UIndy has allowed just 15 goals while teams are averaging just 6.8 shots per game.
Finally, Allen, a 2021 First Team All-GLVC selection, has appeared in all 19 matches and has notched two goals and two assists. Much like Rasheed, Allen has played a key role in the back line helping the Greyhounds dominate on defense this season.
The D2CCA all-region teams are nominated and selected by the region’s sports information directors. The 13 members of the All-Midwest Region First Team will now be placed on the national ballot for All-America consideration.
MARIAN TROUNCED BY GRACE 85-59
Winona Lake, Ind. – The No. 11 Marian men’s basketball team dropped their second-straight Crossroads League game, falling 85-59 to (RV) Grace on Tuesday night. The Knights move to 4-2 overall and 0-2 in Crossroads League play.
The basketball was sailing through the basket early for both sides opening the first half. Grace jumped ahead 5-0 to begin things, but Tyrie Johnson knocked down a jumper and Malek Edmonds scored a three-pointer and layup to level the score at 7-7. Both teams traded baskets to make it 9-9, but the Lancers extended the lead after a 9-2 run, giving Grace an 18-11 advantage with 11:58 left in the first half. Edmonds did everything he could to keep Marian close with his fourth basket on Marian’s next possession. Christian Stewart hit his first three-pointer to keep things close for Marian, trailing 20-16 with just over 10 minutes left in the opening half.
Grace tried several times to pull away but crucial baskets by the Knights kept the deficit in check. Hayden Langkabel came off of the bench to drain a three-pointer, making it 24-19 Grace with 7:13 left in the half. The Lancers kept Marian quiet for several minutes to extend their lead to nine points. Marian would answer with a huge 10-2 run which included back-to-back three-pointers by Stewart and Edmonds, erasing the Knights’ deficit to one point. Grace converted a layup to end the half and give the Lancers a 34-31 lead. Edmonds led the Knights with 14 points in the first half. The three-point shooting kept Marian within striking distance after 20 minutes, as the Knights shot 45.5 percent (5-for-11) from behind the arc.
The Knights got back within one point after an Edmonds layup, but it would be the closest Marian would get to Grace the rest of the game. The Lancers scored on four-straight trips to take a 43-33 lead with 17 minutes left. A Luke Gohmann three-pointer got Marian within seven points momentarily, but Grace took over with a 22-2 run that included two slam dunks and three three-pointers. After the run, Grace led 65-38 with 10:28 remaining into a Knights timeout. The Knights finished 2-for-14 from the floor in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.
Christian Harvey hit a jumper with 9:02 left that ended Marian’s drought of over seven minutes without a basket. Grace continued to pile on the points, taking a 72-40 lead with 6:50 remaining. Marian cracked the 50-point mark with under six minutes left after Sean Jenkins made three-straight three-pointers, but they still trailed by 24 points. Gohmann kept the Knights within 24 points after another three-pointer with 2:37 left in an attempt to make the final score respectable. The Knights scored 17 points over the last six minutes but ended with an 85-59 loss.
Edmonds led Marian with 16 points, and Stewart joined him in double-figures with 10 points. Half of Marian’s buckets came from behind the three-point line, going 10-for-21 from three and 20-for-59 from the floor. The Knights were outrebounded 40-27 and were outscored in the paint 44-14. Grace’s Frankie Davidson led all scorers with 35 points.
The next contest for the Knights will be a non-conference contest as they take on Saint Xavier (Ill.). Tip-off against the Cougars will be on Saturday at 3 PM.
KNIGHTS PULL AWAY FROM GRACE 55-36
Winona Lake, Ind. – The No. 10 Marian women’s basketball team built up an early lead and ran away with another win, taking down Grace 55-36 on Tuesday night. The Knights are 4-2 overall and are now 2-0 in the Crossroads League.
Marian came out sluggish at the start with Grace racing out to an early 6-2 lead. After a Knights timeout, the Marian defense went to work. Kinnidy Garrard and Abby Downard made back-to-back shots to tie things up at 6-6 halfway through the first quarter. Grace would get one more made basket in the quarter, but Marian continued to score each trip down the floor. A pair of Majestic Sales free throws put the Knights upfront for the first time, making the score 10-8. The Knights then pushed the tempo to add seven points in the final minute of the quarter, taking a 17-8 lead. Marian forced nine turnovers in the first quarter and scored 13 points off of those turnovers.
The Knights continued their run to begin the second quarter, as two made free throws by Imani Guy and another basket from Downard made it 13 straight Marian points. Grace finally eclipsed the 10-point mark with 5:50 remaining in the quarter but still trailed 21-10. The Knights began another burst of offensive output, beginning with a three-point play by Downard, a two-point basket by Garrard, and an Ella Collier three-pointer. Marian held their largest lead at that point, up 29-10 with two minutes left in the first half. Grace closed out the quarter with the final five points, leaving the score 29-15 at halftime.
Guy made back-to-back layups to start the third quarter, extending up the Marian lead to 18 points. Collier followed that up with her second three-pointer, and Garrard converted another basket as part of a 9-0 Marian run to open the quarter. The Knights’ defense picked up right where it left off before halftime, holding Grace without a basket in the opening five and a half minutes of the quarter. The Lancers committed five turnovers in the quarter and shot just over 15 percent from the floor. Grace closed the quarter with a layup in the closing seconds but Marian held a 40-19 advantage entering the fourth.
Grace began the fourth quarter trying to erase a 21-point deficit, scoring seven of the first nine points to make the score 44-27. A Garrard jumper and a pair of Downard free throws gave Marian another 20-plus point advantage, but Grace scored two-straight buckets, trailing 49-32 with 4:39 left into a Knights timeout. Collier would go on a personal 6-0 run out of the stoppage, making two baskets and two free throws to put the Knights well on their way for their fourth win. The Lancers made the final two baskets, but Marian still cruised to a 55-36 victory.
Collier, Downard, and Garrard all scored 12 points to lead the Knights in scoring. Garrard grabbed eight rebounds to lead Marian on the boards. Guy had another successful night with 11 points and seven rebounds for the Knights. Marian shot 39.2 percent from the floor and made 13 of 14 free throws on the night. Though the Knights lost the rebounding battle 34-31, Marian forced 23 turnovers and scored 22 points off of turnovers in the win.
Marian will be in action this weekend at the NAIA Classic in Kingsport, Tenn. The Knights will face Midway University on Saturday at 6 PM, then play Reinhardt University at 4:15 PM on Sunday.
DEFENSE LIFTS NO. 8 HOOPS OVER SPRING ARBOR
MARION, Ind. – No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball stood tall defensively Tuesday, downing Spring Arbor University 90-55. IWU used a season-best nine assists and four blocks to muster the Cougars offensively for just 36.2% shooting from the floor.
After two minutes and thirty seconds of play and a one-point lead for the Wildcats, IWU rallied off a 12-0 run forcing a Spring Arbor timeout.
The run wouldn’t stop there, as IWU went into the half on a 41 to 14 run for a comfortable 28 point lead.
2 – total number of shot clock violations IWU created defensively
36 – the total number of paint points the Wildcats had
3 – the total number of dunks IWU had in four possessions Tuesday night
0 – the number of turnovers Spencer Piercefield had while dishing out ten dimes.
Dan Largey – 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting
Seth Maxwell – 17 points, 5 rebounds
Spencer Piercefield – 10 assists, 9 turnovers
I love the mentality we are playing with right now on the defensive end. We are flying around and making plays. How about Piercefield tonight with 10 assist and 0 turnovers?! He’s playing well right now. As a team, we must continue to take care of the ball moving forward. – Head Coach Greg Tonagel
It feels like we’re really clicking together as a team. Guys are playing unselfishly and playing really well in the roles that they have. I love how focused every player is on bringing what we can to work towards that goal. It feels like every player is finding some way to make an impact on our team . – Senior Michael Thompson III
IWU will remain at home welcoming Goshen College to the campus of Indiana Wesleyan on Tuesday, November 30th, with a 7 p.m. tip-off schedule.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RUNS PAST SPRING ARBOR
MARION, Ind. – No. 13 Indiana Wesleyan women’s basketball bounced back Tuesday, topping Spring Arbor University 76-42 for IWU’s ninth straight win over the Cougars.
Location: Luckey Arena | Marion, Ind. |
Records: IWU – 7-2, 0-1 | SAU – 1-6, 0-1
NAIA Top-25 Ranking: IWU – 13 | SAU – NR
Last 10 Meetings: 9-1 in IWU’s favor
After two minutes and thirty seconds of play and a one-point lead for the Wildcats, IWU rallied off a 12-0 run forcing a Spring Arbor timeout.
The run wouldn’t stop there, as IWU went into the half on a 41 to 14 run for a comfortable 28 point lead.
22 – total number of points IWU outscored SAU in the second half
7 – the lowest number of turnovers in a game this season for IWU
.412 – what IWU shot from long range, the highest in a contest this season
1 – the number of free throws IWU missed tonight on 14 shots
10 – the number of Wildcats who scored in the game
Lilli Frasure – 17 points, her fifth straight double scoring game
Madison Davis – 12 points, 4-of-6 from long range
Jordan Reid – 12 points
IWU will remain at home welcoming Goshen College to the campus of Indiana Wesleyan on Wednesday, December 1st contest with a 7 p.m. tip-off schedule.
MEN’S BASKETBALL: IU EAST 99, WASHINGTON ADVENTIST 88
TAKOMA PARK, Md. – Six Red Wolves scored in double digits as the Indiana University East men’s basketball team won 99-88 at Washington Adventist University.
IU East (4-4) has won four of its last six games. Washington Adventist is 3-2.
Both teams experienced NBA-esque travel leading up to the game. IU East was playing its second road game in three days on a 1,000-mile round-trip itinerary that included a win at Ohio Valley University on Nov. 20. Washington Adventist had just returned to the east coast after playing two games in Colorado on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20, a trip that included a victory against an NCAA Division II program.
IU East had the fresher legs for the first 20 minutes. The Red Wolves made 11 of 17 shots from 3-point range in the first half, led by 26 points at one juncture, and took a 23-point lead to the locker room.
Washington Adventist got within 82-78 late, but IU East answered with a 17-10 surge to earn its second road win in three days.
Justin Williams led IU East’s scoring ledger with 17 points, including a timely jumper with three minutes left that boosted the Red Wolf lead to 84-78 and halted the Shock momentum.
Dionte Raines (16 points), Colt Meyer (14 points), Jehu Lafeuillee (11 points), Garrett Silcott (11 points) and Gabe McNary (10 points) also scored in double figures. Meyer’s total was a season-best.
IU East posted season-bests in total points (99), first-half points (56) and field goal percentage (.569).
IU East concludes its Thanksgiving Break with its annual pilgrimage to “The Show” in Kingsport, Tenn. The Red Wolves face Ave Maria University on Nov. 27. IU East plays against Freed Hardeman University on Nov. 28.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU FOOTBALL CLAIMS FIVE ALL-MSFA MIDEAST LEAGUE ACCOLADES
UPLAND, Ind. – The Mid-States Football Association announced its All-MSFA Mideast League Teams on Monday, with Josh Saltzgaber, Sean Callahan, Sam Bartu, Liam Hesting and Aven Jones representing Taylor on the list.
Saltzgaber earned his second-straight Second-Team All-MSFA award, after starting all 10 games at the linebacker position for the Trojans during his senior season. Saltzgaber set career-highs with 84 tackles, 50 solo stops, seven hits for lost yardage and two interceptions, while topping the TU squad in solo tackles and tackles for a loss. Saltzgaber also ended second on the team in total tackles and interceptions, and closed the regular season No. 25 in the NAIA in solo stops.
Callahan joined Saltzgaber as a Second-Team All-MSFA performer, earning a spot by holding down the long-snapper duties on special teams for the Purple and Gold during the 2021 season. The junior saw time in nine games this year, serving as a key cog on the TU special teams unit.
Bartu repeated his Honorable Mention All-MSFA award from one year ago, as the senior led Taylor’s defensive line by posting 38 tackles in 10 games played this season. Bartu added a team-leading five sacks and registered 6.5 tackles for lost yardage for personal-bests in each category.
Hesting collected his first All-MSFA award, earning a spot as an Honorable Mention standout on the offensive line. The sophomore right tackle helped Taylor rank among the top-20 rushing offenses in the NAIA with 180.4 yards on the ground per game, while piling up at least 140 rushing yards in seven contests.
Jones was also named to the Honorable Mention All-MSFA Mideast League Team for his first postseason honor. The sophomore linebacker started all 10 games and led Taylor with 91 tackles during his breakout year. In addition, Jones logged 45 solo tackles, four hits for a loss and 1 sack.
Taylor is set to return 12 starters for the 2022 campaign, with that list being highlighted by Hesting, Jones and Callahan.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TAYLOR MOVES TO 2-0 IN LEAGUE PLAY WITH FOURTH-STRAIGHT VICTORY
UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor led from start to finish in Tuesday’s clash with Goshen, turning in another stingy defensive effort and holding a double-digit margin over the game’s final nine minutes of a 77-59 win against the Maple Leafs.
Jason Hubbard took control of the action in the opening 20 minutes, netting 15 points and anchoring a TU defense that forced 11 turnovers and limited Goshen (2-7, 0-2 CL) to just one make from beyond the arc.
The 36-25 halftime lead for Taylor was never threatened in the second, with TU holding a spread of at least seven points over the final 20 minutes and pushing it as high as 22.
With the GC defense focusing on slowing his scoring, Hubbard facilitated the offense for his teammates in the final period with six assists. Kaden Fuhrmann and Gavin Yoon picked up the scoring load with 19 points on five-of-seven shooting from deep in the second half.
Hubbard closed the night with 21 points, eight rebounds, six dimes and one steal, while Fuhrmann added 17 points with his sixth game this season with at least four makes from deep and Yoon followed with a season-high 15 points on six-of-nine shooting.
Jackson Lewis and Aaron Hahn also chipped in with eight points each, with Lewis adding six assists and five rebounds. Jeff Clayton closed with six points and six boards.
The story was the play of the Taylor team defense, as the Trojans held Goshen 15 points below its season average and to just 42.6 shooting from the floor. The Leafs shot two-of-11 from three-point range and saw their 17 miscues turn into a 24-4 advantage for Taylor in points off turnovers.
Taylor (4-5, 2-0 CL) will take the weekend off for Thanksgiving, before heading to Mount Vernon Nazarene (7-3, 0-2 CL) for a 7:00 pm tip on Tuesday, November 30.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Falls to Goshen at Home for First Crossroads League Loss
UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor University women’s basketball team had its three-game win streak snapped on Tuesday evening, when the Goshen Maple Leafs (4-5, 1-1 CL) entered Odle Arena and exited with a 70-54 victory over the Trojans.
The game marked an end to a handful of streaks, including Taylor’s three-game win streak in tandem with a four-game Goshen losing streak, all the while a series of nine-consecutive wins for the Trojans over Goshen that dated back to 2017 dissolved at the sound of the final buzzer.
Rebounds and second-chance points were the decisive factors in tonight’s flip-of-the-script, as Goshen outrebounded the Trojans 44-23, including a 17-5 mismatch on the offensive end that led to 18 second-chance points for Goshen. Meanwhile, Taylor managed a mere two second-chance points of its own.
Goshen came out of the gate with an efficient shot, shooting 55.6 percent as a team in the opening frame en route to a 22-point quarter. On the other side, Taylor shot just 35.7 percent as team. Yet, a 50-percent mark from three, including two by senior, Lauren James, kept the Trojans within striking distance.
Down eight as they took the court for the second quarter, the Trojans could not manage to string together a series of buckets in the following frame, scoring only 12 points on 28.6-percent shooting while slipping into a 13-point deficit at the half.
James had 10 points in the game’s first 20 minutes, primed to spark a flame in the Trojan effort in the third quarter. The senior standout from Seymour, Indiana, hit another three along with a couple of two-point field goals en route to a seven-point quarter in which the Trojans lessened the lead to six.
The momentum fizzled out, however, as the fourth quarter was not kind to Taylor, scoring on nine points as a team on 28.6-percent shooting while allowing Goshen to snag eight offensive rebounds in the frame.
Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs were a perfect 6-6 from the free-throw line as Taylor attempted to slow the game down the stretch via fouls.
Goshen extended its lead to 16 by the end of the game, handing the Trojans their first Crossroads League loss of the season.
Taylor (5-5, 1-1 CL) will be back in action on Tuesday, December 1st, when the Trojans will travel to Ohio to take on No. 23 Mount Vernon Nazarene (7-2, 2-0 CL) at 7:00 pm.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | BRENNAN, DOMENE AND VANDERWALL COLLECT ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
KANSAS CITY – For the first time in Taylor women’s cross country program history, three Trojans earned NAIA All-American honors in the same year, as Abbey Brennan, Giovanna Domene and Ahna VanderWall earned the recognition for finishing within the top-40 at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in Vancouver, Washington on November 19.
This is the first time any of these three women have received NAIA Cross Country All-American honors.
In her first ever NAIA National Cross Country race, Abbey Brennan finished sixth place overall with a time of 18:32.7. The senior from Fort Wayne, Indiana put together a stellar final season with the Trojans, claiming top-10 finishes in five-of-six meets. Brennan posted a career-best time of 17:54.8 at the Great Lakes Challenge, claiming the fourth-fastest 5k time in Taylor history. The senior led the Trojans in four meets and posted four sub-18:40 races.
Giovanna Domene raced to 22nd place in Vancouver, claiming her best-ever finish at nationals. Domene recorded a time of 18:46.8, the second-fastest time of her career. The senior from Valinhos, Brazil wrapped up her outstanding 2021 campaign with three sub-19:00 races and five top-30 finishes. She set a lifetime-best mark of 18:21.7 at the Great Lakes Challenge, claiming the 12th-fastest time in TU history.
Sophomore Ahna VanderWall finished 37th overall and posted a time of 18:58.3 to claim the All-American award. VanderWall ended her standout sophomore season finishing in the top-15 and recording sub-19:00 for four races. The Petoskey, Michigan runner clinched the seventh-best time in Trojan history after recording a career-best time of 18:08.6 at the Great Lakes Challenge.
Brennan’s, Domene’s and VanderWall’s All-American honors combine with Sarah Harden (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017), Livy Schroder (2020, 2019), Alex Berends (2018, 2014) and Lolly York (2005, 2006) for a total of 13 NAIA All-American awards in program history.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | GERBER, VAN PROOYEN AND HELMUTH RECEIVE ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
KANSAS CITY – Three Trojans earned All-American honors at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in Vancouver, Washington on November 19. Daniel Gerber, Derek Van Prooyen and Alex Helmuth received the recognition for finishing within the top-40.
Daniel Gerber became a three-time NAIA All-American after his 12th-place finish at the national meet. Gerber clocked a time of 25:22.7 in Vancouver. The senior from Danville, Indiana wrapped up his final season with the Trojans claiming four top-five finishes, logging three races in the 24:00s and ending as TU’s top runner four times. Gerber posted a career-best time of 24:04.7 at the Louisville Classic, claiming the second-fastest 8k time in Taylor history.
Derek Van Prooyen collected his second All-American honor after finishing in 30th place and recording a time of 25:48.3. The senior ended his impressive cross country career with the Purple and Gold. Van Prooyen, from Munster, Indiana, ran in TU’s top-three all season, claimed four top-10 finishes and clocked three sub-25:00 8ks. Van Prooyen ran his lifetime-best at the Louisville Classic, posting a time of 24:36.8 and ending as Taylor sixth-fastest man in program history.
Alex Helmuth raced to his second NAIA Cross Country All-American award following his 32nd-place finish at nationals with a mark of 25:49.0. The senior from Monticello, Illinois finished in Taylor’s top-three all season, posted four top-10 finishes and recorded four races in the 24:00s. Helmuth logged TU’s third-best time in program history at the Louisville Classic, claiming a career-best time of 24:13.1.
Gerber, Van Prooyen and Helmuth added five more All-American honors to the program, tallying the total number of All-American awards to 33 honors in the history of the men’s cross country program.
RECAP | GRIZZLIES RIDE WRIGHT’S CAREER-HIGH, KRAUSE’S DOUBLE-DOUBLE TO TUESDAY NIGHT WIN OVER CENTRE
DANVILLE, Ky. – The Franklin College men’s basketball team began a three-game swing through the Bluegrass State on Tuesday (Nov. 23) night, taking on the Centre Colonels in non-conference action.
Sophomore Ty Wright turned in his second straight career-best scoring game, pouring in a game-high 25 points while senior Matt Krause had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Grizzlies (2-1) in a 75-64 win over the Colonels (2-4).
How it Happened
The largest lead for either side in the opening half was never larger than two possessions with the action played at a break-neck pace. Franklin shot 45.2% 14-for-31) from the field in the opening half, going 11-for-14 from inside the three-point line and held a 34-29 lead at the break.
The second half saw a virtuoso performance from Wright, as the Mooresville, Ind.-native poured in 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting over the final 20 minutes. Franklin never trailed over the final half of play, growing their lead to as many as 15 points late in the game. The Grizzlies got it done at both ends of the floor, shooting 58.3% (14-for-24) and knocking down six threes over the final half of play.
Inside the Box Score
-Franklin shot a season-best 50.9% (28-for-55) from the field while holding the Colonels to 41.5% (22-for-53) from the field.
-The Grizzlies dominated the game on the glass, holding a 39-23 edge in the rebounding battle.
-Junior Carter Crowe gave the Grizzlies a shot in the arm off the bench, logging a career-high 29 minutes with nine points and four rebounds.
-Freshman Mitch O’Mara netted eight points and handed out a season-high eight assists while also leading the team in fouls drawn with six.
-A pair of Grizzlies made their career debuts, with Cody Samples and Jacob Deere seeing their first game action in the blue and gold. Samples recorded an assist and Deere finished with three points.
The Grizzlies head to Louisville, Ky. on Sunday (Nov. 28) afternoon for a scheduled exhibition contest against NCAA Division I opponent Bellarmine University. Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m.
RECAP | HANAUER’S BUZZER-BEATER SENS GRIZZLIES PAST PRINCIPIA
FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College women’s basketball team returned home from a short road trip for a Tuesday (Nov. 23) night matchup with the Principia Panthers.
A back-and-forth battle came down to the final second of play, and freshman Georgia Hanauer played the hero with a game-winning buzzer-beater to help the Grizzlies (2-2) take a 62-59 win over the Panthers (0-4).
How it Happened
The Grizzly defense came out aggressive and it paid off, as Principia went without a point for the first 6:40 of the game. Franklin held their guests to 3-for-16 from the floor with eight turnovers in the opening period and held a 16-7 lead through 10 minutes.
Franklin’s lead grew to its biggest of the night at 20-10 after a layup from CiCi Bailey at the 8:20 mark of the second, but the Panthers fought to get back within a possession later in the quarter. Franklin would take a 32-27 lead into the half, holding Principia to just two field goals over the final four minutes of the quarter.
Principia would battle back to take their first lead of the night midway through the third quarter, as a Franklin cold spell on offense allowed the Panthers to get back in the game. A Jasmine Walker layup late in the quarter cut the Principia lead to 43-42 with 10 minutes to go.
The game would come down to the final minute and Franklin holding the ball at mid-court with four seconds to go. Hanauer rolled off a screen into the middle of the floor and took the inbound pass before burying the game-winning shot in thrilling fashion.
Inside the Box Score
-Franklin was led in scoring by senior Jessica Nix, who scored 13 points and had a team-high three steals.
-Sophomore CiCi Bailey recorded her second double-double of the season with 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.
-Kayla Bruner and Jenna Louden made their first career starts for the Grizzlies. Bruner had a career-high 10 points while Louden saw 13 minutes of action.
-Total rebounds for the night were a whopping 64-36 in Franklin’s favor. The last time a Franklin team hit the 60-rebound mark in a game was on Nov. 28, 2012, when they grabbed a single game program record 79 in a win over St. Mary-of-the-Woods.
Franklin is back at home on Wednesday, Dec. 1 when they welcome the Transylvania Pioneers to the Spurlock Center for the start of HCAC play. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
RAVENS RALLY PAST BELLES
Behind a Lexi Dellinger 34-point game, the Anderson University Ravens (1-4) picked up their first win of the 2021-2022 season over the St. Mary’s College (Ind.) Belles (1-5). After trailing at halftime, the Ravens came back to bring home an 83-75 victory over the Belles on Tuesday.
Dellinger’s 34-point game is now tied for eighth place for the most points in a single game in program history.
HOW IT HAPPENED
During the first quarter, the Ravens went on a 9-0 run between 7:07-4:43 to take a 12-3 lead. During the remainder of the quarter, the Ravens took a 14-7 lead before the Belles were able to come back within one point to make it 14-13.
Second quarter action saw the Belles take the lead and hold onto it. Anderson was able to tie the game up on two separate occasions, but were unable to get ahead of the Belles.
At halftime, the Ravens trailed the Belles 42-38.
It wouldn’t be until 2:52 was left on the clock in the third quarter when the Ravens would take back the lead. Lexi Dellinger recorded a jump shot to put the Ravens up 55-54. The lead didn’t last long as the Belles took the ball down the court for a layup, making it 56-55 in their favor.
Anderson then closed out the quarter with a 10-0 run. It all started with two free throws made by Dellinger with 1:48 on the clock. Cassie Pallett hit a three for the Ravens 19 seconds later. With 58 seconds left on the clock, Dellinger gave the Ravens a 62-56 lead before Reece Colclesser closed out the quarter with a three.
Although the Belles were able to come within one during the fourth quarter, the Ravens never lost their lead for the remainder of the game.
The Belles began the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run, making the score 65-64 in favor of the Ravens.
Anderson used the remainder of the game to extended their lead, ultimately taking an 83-75 victory over St. Mary’s College (Ind.)
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Lexi Dellinger – 34 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assist, 1 block
Payton Moore – 14 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 2 blocks
Makynlee Taylor – 9 points, 2 rebounds, 4 steals
Reece Colclesser – 8 points, 1 assist
Allison Shaffer – 8 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block
Jade Shipley – 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
Cassie Pallett – 4 points, 2 rebounds
COACH JON GIN’S COMMENTS
Really proud of this team and how we’ve come together. Everyone gave a great effort and starred in their roles. Happy to finally get a DUB heading into Thanksgiving.
Anderson now gets a little more than a week break before turning their focus towards Saturday, December 4, when they begin Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action against the Mount St. Joseph University Lions (2-2) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tip-off at 2PM.
KNIGHTS SNAP RAVENS’ WINNING STREAK
While on the road in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Tuesday, the Anderson University men’s basketball Ravens (4-1) fell to the Calvin University Knights (3-1) by a final score of 95-54, snapping Anderson’s four-game winning streak.
“Not much to do with this one other than forget about it fast,” Coach Owen Handy said. “They played great and we did not. They competed hard and we did not. That’s really the full summary.”
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Anderson was 17-of-51 (33.3 percent) from the field while the Knights were 32-of-59 (54.2 percent)
The Ravens led the Knights in second chance points, picking up 13.
Maurice Knight led the Ravens with 11 points and five rebounds
Off the bench, Tate Ivanyo picked up nine points, one rebound
Jordan Gadis and Alex Hunt both tallied eight points. Gadis had one assist while Hunt contributed two rebounds, one assist, and one steal for the Ravens.
Anderson now gets an eight-day break before heading to Hanover, Ind. to take on the Hanover College Panthers (3-0, 0-0) to start Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action for the 2021-2022 season. Tipoff between the Ravens and Panthers is set for 7:30PM.
THREE GOALS ENOUGH IN SHUTOUT OF COUGARS
ANGOLA, Ind. — Three different skaters scored as the Trine University men’s hockey team got back on track defeating Chatham University 3-0. Sophomore Elias Sandholm (Stockholm, Sweden) picked up the first shutout and second win of his career in net.
Neither team scored in the first period, but the Thunder previewed their offensive prowess from the getgo, outshooting the opposition 11-3.
In the second period that shot disparity began to tell on the Cougar defense and when Trine was awarded a powerplay in the 13th minute of the period the dam would break.
The Thunder scored their first goal on that powerplay, one of only two extra man opportunities for Trine during the night. Sophomore Jackson Clark (Fort Mill, S.C) started the play from the point passing the puck to the top of the right faceoff circle. From there freshman Drew Welsch (Trenton, Mich.) forwarded it to the left circle where sophomore Chace McCardle (Southgate, Mich.) skated a few paces forward before putting the puck in the lower left corner of the net.
Just three minutes later Trine doubled their lead to 2-0. Jared Bowman (Calgary, Alberta) tied up the puck along the board just outside the offensive zone and was able to kick it out toward center ice where freshman Matt Bielinski (Buffalo, N.Y.) collected and moved into the offensive zone. Holding to the right side of the net he drew attention away from a trailing Zach VanCompernolle (Traverse City, Mich.) who entered the zone done the center. The junior received Bielinski’s pass and put the puck into the left side of the net.
Three more minutes later and the Thunder would score their third goal of the period. After a missed shot by freshman Bobby Price (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.) ended up behind the net, senior Garrett Hallford (McKinney, Texas) was able to collect the puck and fire a pass to the right side of the net. From there junior Justin Meers (St. Charles, Mo.) moved the puck into the right faceoff circle before moving it back to Price who fired his shot from the left faceoff circle into the right side of the net.
During the scoring run by Trine, Sandholm also faced his toughest period. Mostly on the counterattack, the Cougars were able to put eight shots on net during the period, their highest total of the night. Sandholm held firm under the pressure while also showing off his puck handling skills outside of the crease, making a few nice passes in open ice. He would finish the game with the shutout and 14 saves.
The third period saw the Thunder outshoot the opposition again, this time 13-3, but the Chatham goalie, junior Ricardo Gonzalez, stood on his head to keep the team off the board. In total Gonzalez would finish with an impressive 32 saves, keeping the game relatively close despite plenty of good opportunities for Trine.
After a quick third period, lasting under 30-minutes of real time, the game would go final at 3-0, with the Thunder picking up their sixth win of the season. The victory breaks a two-game losing streak and lets the team improve to 6-3 overall.
Trine will return to the ice, once again at home, on Saturday, Nov. 27 when they host Buffalo State for a 5 p.m. contest.
TRINE OPENS AT 11TH IN WBCA COACHES POLL
LILBURN, Ga. – The Trine University women’s basketball team has been voted 11th in the opening Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) poll of the 2021-22 season.
The Thunder are 4-1 so far on the season with wins by an average of 34.0 points. Their lone loss came at the hands of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, who was mentioned as a team receiving votes in the poll.
Trine is averaging 75.2 points per game and are shooting 46.8% from the field through five games. Tara Bieniewicz [Chesterfield, Mich. / Dakota] and Rachel Stewart [Pekin, Ind. / Eastern] are double-digit scorers at 12.8 and 11.6 points per game.
The next game on the schedule for the Thunder is on Saturday, November 27 at Ohio Northern University. Tip-off is set for 3 pm.
PILOTS HOLD OFF FORESTERS FOR THE WIN
MISHAWAKA – Bethel Men’s Basketball held off a pesky Huntington squad 96-89 on Tuesday night in the Wiekamp Athletic Center to notch their second straight league win. Jared DeHart scored a season-high 27 points to lead the Pilots, while Nathan Aerts added 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Score: Bethel def. Huntington 96-89
Records: Bethel (6-3, 2-0) | Huntington (5-3, 0-2)
NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – NR | Huntington – NR
Location: Wiekamp Athletic Center | Bethel University | Mishawaka, Ind.
Jared DeHart: 27 pts, 2 stl, 8-14 fg
Nathan Aerts: 22 pts, 11 reb, 5 ast, 10-15 fg
Brandon Hunt: 10 pts, 14 reb, 3 blk
Zac Owens: 13 pts, 2 ast
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
The Pilots led by as many as 10 points in the game, but the Foresters would answer every time.
Brandon Hunt pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds in the game.
The win breaks a three-game losing streak to the Foresters.
NEXT TIME OUT
The Pilots travel to Indianapolis to take on No. 11 Marian on Tuesday, November 30 at 7:00 pm.
PILOTS OVERWHELM FORESTERS
MISHAWAKA – Bethel Women’s Basketball earned their second straight win in Crossroads League play on Tuesday with a 91-70 victory over Huntington in the Wiekamp Athletic Center. Kallie McElroy led the Pilots with 14 points and 5 assists, while Jazmen Watts, Nyla Asad, and Maiah Shelton joined her in double figures.
Score: Bethel def. Huntington 91-70
Records: Bethel (6-4, 2-0) | Huntington (2-7, 0-2)
NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – NR | Huntington – NR
Location: Wiekamp Athletic Center | Bethel University | Mishawaka, Ind.
Kallie McElroy: 14 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast
Jazmen Watts: 13 pts, 6 reb
Nyla Asad: 10 pts, 4 stl, 4 reb
Maiah Shelton: 13 pts, 3 stl
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
It’s the Pilots’ largest win against Huntington since a 61-34 victory on January 18, 2012.
The Pilots forced 30 turnovers for the eighth time this season.
The Pilots are 2-0 in Crossroads League play for the first time since 2018-19.
NEXT TIME OUT
The Pilots travel to No. 10 Marian on Wednesday, December 1 at 7:00 pm.
SHANNON NAMED TO D3HOOPS.COM TEAM OF THE WEEK
Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw guard Mya Shannon (Sr., Morris, Ill./Morris) is one of five players selected to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week presented by Scoutware.
Last week, Shannon led the 19th-ranked Tigers to wins over 22nd-ranked Millikin and NCAC foe Kenyon. In Tuesday’s 71-55 victory over Millikin, Shannon posted a career-high double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds and then added 15 points in Sunday’s 81-45 win over Kenyon.
For the week, Shannon averaged 23.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while hitting 17-of-28 field goals including 7-of-12 3-pointers.
DePauw is 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the NCAC as it heads into a Saturday game against WashU at the Midwest Challenge hosted by Illinois Wesleyan. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST.
FOUR PANTHERS LAND IN DOUBLE FIGURES TO LEAD HC PAST WITTENBERG
HANOVER, Ind. – Hanover was able to tame the Wittenberg Tigers en route to the 76-69 non-conference victory on Tuesday evening within the confines of Collier Arena. With the win, HC moves to 3-0 overall.
The Blue and Red saw four Panthers finish in double digits paced by senior Isaac Hibbard (New Albany, Ind.) with 19 points. Sophomore Matt Munoz (Indianapolis, Ind.) added 15 points, sophomore Max Greenamoyer (Zionsville, Ind.) collected 11 points, and junior Ty Houston (Union, Ky.) netted 10 points. Houston also added 13 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.
Junior Ty Houston dominated the early minutes for the Panthers as he helped propel HC out front 8-0 before the Tigers broke the scoreless tie. With 10:10 to play, Hanover pushed the difference to as many as 10 points as Hibbard hit a layup in the lane, 19-9.
The Panthers continued to fire on all cylinders as junior Jack Wininger (Elnora, Ind.) connected for his second three-pointer to push HC to the 29-17 advantage. Hanover entered the half with the 37-21 lead paced by the combination of Hibbard and Greenamoyer with nine points apiece.
The second half would see Wittenberg come running out of the gate as they hit a short run cutting the difference to 37-31 when Houston and Munoz sank back-to-back blows to halt the Tigers.
Hanover poured it on midway through the second half as senior Noah Williams (Jeffersonville, Ind.) was able to find sophomore Ryan Morris (McCordsville, Ind.) who sank a three-pointer pushing the score to 55-43. However, Wittenberg refused to roll over pulling within three points when the senior point guard, Hibbard, delivered propelling HC to victory.
Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, December 1 as they open Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action with Anderson. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 PM.
PILOTS COME AWAY WITH 96-89 WIN OVER HU
MISHAWAKA, Ind. – A short-staffed HU men’s basketball team suffered a 96-89 road loss to Bethel Tuesday evening at the Wiekamp Athletic Center.
It was the Pilots’ seven-point halftime lead, 47-40, that carried them to the win as both squads poured in 49 points in the final twenty minutes. HU’s offense in the second frame was impressive. As a team, the guests coughed up the ball just twice while canning 56.3 percent of their field goals which included going 9-for-14 from long range.
While BU committed five more TOs than Huntington and made just three triples in the period, they made up for it by scoring four more points at the charity stripe and creating a few extra possessions by way of their offensive rebounding to log 19 field goals to HU’s 18.
Despite playing even with Bethel in the last twenty minutes, the Foresters still found themselves chasing their hosts most of the night. Alford’s crew led on four different occasions, all within the first four minutes of the game. HU also forced six ties with all but one of those stalemates coming within this same timeframe.
The game’s final deadlock came on the heels of an 8-0 run that saw Peyton West and Ben Humrichous each drain a three after which Humrichous scored in the paint to draw things even at 56-56 five minutes into the second half.
The Pilots (6-3, 2-0) fired back by scoring 13 of the game’s next 17 points to up their lead to nine. A final surge by Huntington that included back-to-back triples by Caleb Middlesworth trimmed it to a single possession at 71-69 with nine minutes to go. Unfortunately, that’s as close as it would get as Bethel was able to hold their guests at arm’s length the rest of the way to remain undefeated in league play.
Zach Goodline topped all scorers with 28 points, tying his career-high from Saturday, in addition to handing out six dimes. Humrichous finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds for his second career double double. Middlesworth dropped in 17 points while West posted 11 points and a game-best seven assists.
Jared DeHart piled up 27 points to lead the Pilots. Nathan Aerts added 22 points while Zac Owens and Brandon Hunt tossed in 13 and ten points respectively. Hunt also grabbed 13 boards, six of which were offensive, to enjoy game-high rebounding honors and a double double.
The Foresters’ overall record stands at 5-3 which includes an 0-2 start in conference play. Next up is a road trip to Siena Heights on Saturday.
BETHEL OUTLASTS HUNTINGTON IN SPRINT FEST
MISHAWAKA, Ind. – The Pilots of Bethel University used a strong second half to hand the HU women’s basketball team a 91-70 loss Tuesday night at Wiekamp Athletic Center. It’s BU’s first win against their guests since 2016 and snapped a ten-game win streak the Foresters carried into the contest.
The Pilots’ brand of basketball that features five-person subbing every minute, a full court trapping defense and an offense that thrives on scoring within ten seconds of every possession made for plenty of action and chaos that often felt more like a track meet than a basketball game.
Down by 14, 30-16, early in the second quarter, Huntington kept their wits about them to climb back in it thanks to the play of rookies Alli Vaughn and Ruby Bolon. The pair accounted for all but four points in a four-minute stretch that saw Vaughn pour in ten points, which included two traditional three-point plays, and Bolon score six on the way to HU jumping in front 36-35 with four minutes to go in the half.
Bethel (6-4, 2-0) headed into the locker room up by two at 41-39 and then took control of the second frame adding ten more to their lead after three quarters and then cushioning that advantage by nine more by the final buzzer.
When all was said and done, the two teams committed a combined 53 turnovers. HU shot 42.9 percent from the field to BU’s 45.5 percent. The Pilots scored 39 points from deep to Huntington’s 15 and outscored their visitors 35-15 in points off turnovers.
Maddy Robrock fueled HU’s offense with a game-best 16 points by going 7-for-12 from the floor and a perfect 2-for-2 from the line. Vaughn finished with 15 points off the bench. The duo each grabbed six boards while Emily Seboe tracked down a game-best eight rebounds.
Amanda Lovejoy knocked down three from downtown on her way of posting a career-best nine points. Kyra Baker also had a banner night by dishing out a game- and career-high six assists.
The Pilots were led by Kallie McElroy’s 14 points while Jazmen Watts (13), Maiah Shelton (13) and Nyla Asad (10) also scored in double figures.
The Foresters (2-7, 0-2) are back in action on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. to face Spring Arbor.
NO. 1 COUGARS DOMINATE ON DEFENSE TO UPEND MOUNT VERNON 94-61 FOR THEIR 10TH STRAIGHT WIN
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Tuesday evening, the No. 1 University of Saint Francis Cougars (10-0; 2-0 Crossroads) played host to the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Cougars (7-3; 0-2 Crossroads) at Hutzell Athletic Center and behind a dominating performance on both ends of the ball, won 94-61 for the team’s 10th straight victory.
The Cougars set the tone right from the start with a three-pointer by junior guard Jalan Mull. Just five minutes into the game Saint Francis built a 12-2 lead and extended their lead to 13 points midway through the first half before Mount Vernon had to call their first timeout.
Later in the frame Mount Vernon did manage to find some momentum and chipped away at the Cougars’ lead to trail by just seven with two minutes left in the half.
But after their lead shrunk, the Cougars answered right back with 10 unanswered points to go ahead by 17, and the game went to halftime with Saint Francis holding a 42-26 lead.
In the final minute of the first half, the Cougars defense got four consecutive steals and turned all of them in to a made jump shot.
As the second half got underway the script remained unchanged with the Cougars picking up where they left off. Sophomore forward David Ejah got the scoring started with a jumper and five minutes later, junior guard Antwaan Cushingberry sank a three to extend Saint Francis’ lead to 20 points with 15 minutes remaining.
The Cougars defense stepped up big against a tough opponent in Mount Vernon, getting 10 steals during the game and allowing Mount Vernon a three-point shooting percentage of just 11 percent.
Saint Francis spent the last several minutes firing on all cylinders, and extended their lead to 33 points before earning their second straight win to open conference play.
“Defense travels, and if we can defend at that high of a level whether you are at home or on the road and that was a big time effort tonight from our defense,” Head Coach Chad LaCross said. “At the end of the first half we were able to get some steals and turned that into offense. I thought our defense intensity especially by Jalan, David, and Cush in applying the pressure was incredible, and it was fun to watch.”
Throughout the game, the Cougars shot 48 percent from the floor, 23 percent from beyond the three-point line, and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Antwaan Cushingberry led the charge with 27 points, and also had three steals and four assists. In addition, David Ejah followed suit with 14 points of his own and had a team-leading eight rebounds and a dunk.
The Cougars will now have more than a week off before resuming play on Wednesday, December 1st when they travel to Winona Lake, Indiana for a road conference game against the RV Grace College Lancers (8-0; 1-0 Crossroads) beginning at 8:00 pm.
LADY COUGARS BATTLE HARD, BUT MISSED FREE THROWS PROVES COSTLY AGAINST MVNU COUGARS
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Tuesday evening, the University of Saint Francis Lady Cougars (4-4; 1-1 Crossroads) played host to the No. 23 Mount Vernon Nazarene University Cougars (7-2; 2-0 Crossroads) at Hutzell Athletic Center and despite a tremendous effort, fell by a score of 67-59.
As the game got started the Lady Cougars and despite falling behind 12-7 to start the game, fought back to a 12-12 tie and battled Mount Vernon neck-and-neck through the first quarter. Down 16-15, the Lady Cougars scored six unanswered points to take a 21-16 lead after the frame.
Offense was held in check though in the second quarter. Although the Lady Cougars extended their lead to seven points early in the frame, Mount Vernon stayed composed and scored 11 unanswered points to tie and take the lead over Saint Francis.
Now down by four, the Lady Cougars stayed resilient, but a couple missed free throws and two more costly turnovers gave Mount Vernon some breathing room heading into halftime.
After the first 20 minutes, the Lady Cougars trailed 35-28 after being outscored 19-7 in the second quarter.
Heading into the third quarter, the Lady Cougars made some adjustments and came out strong to start the second half.
They clawed their way back to tie the game back up at 37-37, and a back-and-forth battle ensued for the remainder of the frame. However, a couple made jumpers by Mount Vernon gave them the lead back as Saint Francis trailed 49-45 after three quarters.
During the final frame the Lady Cougars battled and stayed with Mount Vernon throughout most of the frame, but as the game winded down to the final minute, Mount Vernon had the last laugh as they took advantage of a couple fouls and turnovers to prevail by eight points as Saint Francis suffered the loss to snap their three-game winning streak.
Throughout the game, the Lady Cougars shot 39 percent from the floor, 31 percent from beyond the three-point line, and just 55 percent from the free throw line. Junior forward Cassidy Crawford led the team in scoring with 16 points and in assists with four.
The Lady Cougars will have more than a week off before resuming play on Wednesday, December 1 when they travel to Winona Lake, Indiana for a road conference game against the Grace College Lancers (5-2; 0-1 Crossroads) beginning at 6:00 pm.
MIDWAY PULLS AWAY LATE TO DEFEAT IU SOUTHEAST 84-75
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The IU Southeast women’s basketball team fell 84-75 to Midway in a close contest on Tuesday.
Alex Maher scored a season-high 18 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Lauren Lambdin also scored 18 points in the contest, and Karly Sweeney scored 12 points in 17 minutes. Lettie Nice led the team with 10 rebounds.
IU Southeast (5-4, 2-1 RSC) started off strong, taking a quick 13-2 lead in the first quarter. Midway responded by going on an 8-0 run to shrink the IU Southeast lead to three. After the Grenadiers extended their lead to five, Midway scored the last seven points of the first quarter to take a 19-17 lead headed into the second.
The second quarter was a big one for Midway. After Brynna Blackburn hit a three to give IU Southeast a one-point lead, Midway answered with a 10-0 run to take a nine-point lead. Midway led by as many as 13 in the quarter, but an Emmy Ralph three-pointer at the buzzer cut the Midway lead to 44-34 at halftime.
The third quarter was where IU Southeast made their run. Trailing by 11, IU Southeast went on an 11-0 run to tie the game at 47. Alex Maher scored 8 of the 11 points during the Grenadier run. The teams traded baskets for the rest of the quarter, entering the fourth quarter tied 62-62.
Midway scored the first basket of the fourth quarter and never again relinquished the lead. IU Southeast came back to within two on several occasions, but they could never tie or take the lead in the fourth. Midway scored the last five points of the game and went on to win 84-75.
IU Southeast shot 40.3 percent from the field and hit 15 of their 17 free throw attempts. Alex Maher and Lauren Lambdin went a combined 11-12 from the free throw line. The Grenadiers struggled from three-point range, however, going 6-25 from behind the arc.
The Grenadiers return to action next Tuesday at Asbury University.
GRENADIERS GROUND EAGLES 80-72 TUESDAY
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Glenn Hill had 27 points and 14 rebounds and Jared Osborne had 20 points while Anthony Wales Jr. chipped in with 11 points to lead IU Southeast past Midway 80-72 on Tuesday.
The Grenadiers and Eagles battled back and forth throughout the first half with neither team gaining much of an advantage. The Grenadiers opened the game by scoring the first seven points, which was their largest lead of the half, and the Eagles largest lead was four points.
There were seven ties in the first half alone. Midway led 36-33 with 2:16 to play but Caleb Brown tied the game with a three-pointer. After a Donnie Miller jumper gave the Eagles the lead again, Glenn Hill tied the game with a layup and then was fouled late in the half and hit both free-throws to give the Grenadiers a 40-38 lead at halftime.
He had 18 points and Jared Osborne had 10 to lead the Grenadiers in the opening 20 minutes.
In the second half with game tied at 65, the Grenadiers finally put the Eagles away. Glenn Hill hit two free throws and then connected on a three-pointer. A steal by Osborne and layup extended the lead to 72-65. After another Midway turnover, Anthony Wales Jr. hit two free-throws.
The Eagles cut the deficit to 75-70 with 1:33 to play but Glenn Hill answered with a offensive rebounds and putback to push the lead back to seven points.
After a three-point attempt was missed by the Eagles, Jared Osborne was fouled and hit both free throws to seal the game with 25 seconds to play, giving the Grenadiers a 79-70 advantage.
IU Southeast held Midway to just 30 percent shooting from behind-the-arc in the contest. The Grenadiers shot 54 percent from the field and were 8-of-16 from the perimeter in the game.
The Grenadiers travel to Campbellsville for a holiday tournament on Friday and Saturday.
UNSELFISH PLAY LEADS MEN’S BASKETBALL TO WIN OVER POMEROYS
KOKOMO, Ind. – Behind a balanced attack, the Indiana University Kokomo men’s basketball team cruised past the Pomeroys of St. Mary of the Wood College on Tuesday night. The Cougars 83-66 victory moves them to 6-2 overall on the season and 2-1 in River States Conference action.
Unselfish play and pressure defense was the recipe tonight as the Cougars assisted on 21 of their 32 made field goals and held the Pomeroys to just 37 percent shooting from the field. The 21 assists is the most in a game this season for IUK.
The Cougars had five players score in double figures led by Allante Harper with 14. Desean Hamptn added 12 points, five rebounds, and a game-high four blocked shots.
Jaylen Gilbert saw his first action of the season and the senior scored 10 points in just 11 minutes of action against the Pomeroys. Julien Hunter also contributed 10 points off the bench for the Cougars while Hunter White chipped in with 10 points as well.
Darian Porch got the scoring started for the Cougars on their opening possession of the game, scoring off an assist from White. At the 13:57 mark, White split the Pomeroy defense for the dunk giving IU Kokomo the 8-7 lead, a lead that would last the rest of the game.
Leading 14-11 in the opening half, the Cougars went on a 12-2 run that extended their lead to 13 points at 26-13. A three-pointer by Jadyn McHugh would cut the SMWC deficit to single digits at seven, with 3:30 left to play in the half but a 12-3 run from the Cougars to end the half would increase the IUK lead to 42-25 at halftime.
11 of Harper’s team-high 14 came in the first half as the Cougars shot 57 percent from the field and assisted on 10 of their 15 made field goals.
Back-to-back dunks from Julien Hunter gave the Cougars their first 20-point lead of the night with 16:29 to go in the game.
Zach Rinehart, who got his first start of the season tonight gave IU Kokomo its largest lead of the game with a layup at the 6:19 mark to put the Cougars up 26. Rinehart finished with six points and two rebounds.
The Pomeroys would cut into the lead but the final margin of 17 points is as close as they would get. The loss drops SMWC to 1-8 on the year.
IU Kokomo will return to action after the Thanksgiving holiday as they travel to Kingsport, Tennessee to compete in The Show. The Cougars will take on Warner University (FL) on Saturday before battling Washing Adventist on Sunday.
IU KOKOMO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS 69-67
KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo women’s basketball team dropped a tightly-contested game to conference foe Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, 69-67. The Cougars fall to 1-6 overall and 0-3 in River States Conference play.
IU Kokomo came out of the gates hot, scoring the first eight points of the game on their way to a dominant first quarter performance. Sierra Peete had ten points and Tia Chambers added eight to lead IU Kokomo in the opening quarter. The Cougars extended their lead to ten at the end of the first quarter on a Shamaria Walker jumper, taking a 22-12 lead into the second period.
The Pomeroys scored the first six points of the second quarter to cut the Cougar led to four, but a triple from Gabrielle Joyner stretched the IUK lead back to seven at 25-18. SMWC slowly cut into the IU Kokomo lead over the course of the second quarter and a Brooklyn Jones jumper for the Pomeroys tied the game at 31 with 2:24 remaining in the first half. SMWC outscored IU Kokomo over the final two minutes to take a 35-33 lead into halftime.
The Cougars came out of halftime with some intensity, scoring the first six points of the second half to take a 39-35 lead. The third quarter featured back-and-forth action and saw four lead changes. The Pomeroys took a narrow 47-46 lead into the fourth quarter.
SMWC dominated the opening six and a half minutes of the final quarter, extending their lead to as many as 13 at 66-53 with 3:20 remaining in the game. The Cougars were not done yet, as they finished the game on a 14-3 run. Trailing 69-67, IU Kokomo missed a potential game-winning three pointer with six seconds remaining to fall to SMWC.
IU Kokomo had three in double-figures in the loss Tuesday evening. Sierra Peete led the Cougars with 20 points, while Tia Chambers had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Gabrielle Joyner added 15 points.
The Cougars will be back-in-action a week from today, November 30, as they host Oakland City inside the Student Activities and Events Center. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.
MEN’S BASKETBALL UPSETS #23 OLIVET NAZARENE BEHIND TEAM EFFORT TUESDAY
GARY, Ind. — The Indiana University Northwest men’s basketball team upset the No. 23 team in the country and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference leader, Olivet Nazarene, 94-81, at the Savannah Center, Tuesday.
Indiana Northwest (5-3, 2-2 CCAC) | No. 23 Olivet Nazarene (7-2, 4-1 CCAC)
IU NORTHWEST LEADERS
Points: Jared Johnson (21), Marshaud Watkins (21), Jerron Tatum (16), Jason Peace (11)
Rebounds: Jared Johnson (7), Tromon Weston (6)
Assists: Jerron Tatum (7), Jared Johnson (6)
Blocks: Marshaud Watkins (2), Tromon Weston (2)
Steals: Jared Johnson (2), Tromon Weston (2)
1st Half: IU Northwest 46, #23 Olivet Nazarene 42
2nd Half: IU Northwest 48, #23 Olivet Nazarene 39
Final Score: IU Northwest 94, #23 Olivet Nazarene 81
STATS TO KNOW
IU Northwest shot 41% from three-point land and 52 percent from the field.
ONU had the advantage on the boards, 37-32.
The RedHawks had 10 total steals.
IU Northwest started off with a 9-2 run capped off by a layup from Brian Hernandez. Olivet Nazarene responded with back-to-back layups to cut the IUN lead to four.
Jared Johnson got the next basket to extend it back to six points. The Tigers bounced back for a 6-0 run to tie the contest at 11-all with 14:33 left.
Jerron Tatum hit a three-pointer and Johnson made a basket to make it 16-11 IU Northwest. Jason Peace was able to extend the RedHawk lead to 20-13.
ONU made another run to cut it back down to one (20-19) with 10:50 left in the half. Larry Lynch and Damond Crosby hit back-to-back layups to make it 24-19 IU Northwest.
The Tigers hit back-to-back threes to grab their first lead (25-24) of the night with 8:14 remaining in the half. The RedHawks bounced back nicely by scoring seven straight after a three-pointer and a basket by Tatum and a layup by Johnson made it 31-25 with 5:38 left in the half.
Moments later, IU Northwest made it a double-digit lead (37-27) after back-to-back threes by Marshaud Watkins and Johnson. Moments later, Johnson made it 43-33 before ONU made a 9-0 run then Johnson knocked one down from three-point land to make it 46-42 at the break.
The Tigers started out the second half with a basket then Johnson converted an and-one to make it 49-44. Back-to-back layups by Hernandez and Johnson extended the lead back out to nine hours (55-46).
Tatum and Watkins hit back-to-back threes to make it 61-47 IU Northwest with 16:15 left in the game. ONU responded with the ensuing basket then Jason Peace joined the RedHawks three-point shooting after making one from downtown.
Back-to-back threes by Tyler Houston and Tatum put the game away as it gave IU Northwest a 76-62 lead under 10 minutes left. Moments later, Tatum gave the RedHawks their biggest lead of the game (83-66) after making a layup with 7:07 left in the game.
It was too late for ONU to come back as the Tigers looked to fight back but Peace put the exclamation point on the game after making a slam dunk to make it 85-72 under five minutes left. IU Northwest ended up winning the game 94-81.
IU Northwest will be back in action Wednesday, December 1 as the RedHawks host the University of St. Francis at the Savannah Center with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT.
TUOMINEN’S CAREER-NIGHT LEADS WARRIORS PAST SAINTS, NINTH STRAIGHT WIN
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The No. 9-ranked Indiana Tech women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to nine games Tuesday evening as they defeated Aquinas College, 68-47, inside the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center.
Emma Tuominen led all players with a career-high 24 points on 12-17 shooting while adding 11 rebounds and three assists for her fourth double-double of the season. Kyra Whitaker added 17 points, four rebounds and two assists while Taya Andrews had 12 points and five rebounds.
The Saints got out to a 5-0 lead over the Warriors and led 9-4 at the 5:51 mark when a layup from Tuominen, who ended the first quarter with 12 points, started a 9-0 run for the visitors over the next three minutes where they held Aquinas scoreless for a 3:22 stretch. Tuominen capped the quarter by scoring the last six points for the Orange and Black to give them a 20-12 lead at the buzzer.
Tuominen put the Warriors up double digits on their second possession of the second and while the Saints cut the deficit back to single digits, they were never able to cut the lead to less than seven throughout the remainder of the half. Tech outscored the Saints 15-11 in the period but held the hosts to just 4-14 shooting from the field as they took a 35-23 lead into the locker room.
A triple to open the third from Eileen Salisbury kickstarted an 11-4 run for the Warriors as they pushed the lead to 46-27. Tech extended their advantage to 20 points with 5:21 to go in the period and the Saints never got under the 20-point deficit for the remainder of the contest. A 22-9 run throughout the third quarter propelled the Warriors to a 57-32 lead and the Saints were never able to threaten again despite limiting Tech to just 11 points in the final 10 minutes of play.
Tech (9-0, 4-0 WHAC) returns to action on Saturday as they host the University of Rio Grande. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. from the Schaefer Center.
GIMSON TWINS, VERMILLION INVITED TO MIDLANDS CHAMPIONSHIPS
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Tech men’s wrestling program had three individuals, juniors Conner and Matthew Gimson, and senior Eric Vermillion, invited to participate in the prestigious Ken Kraft Midlands Championships, head coach Thomas Pompei announced.
The 58th annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships returns to Northwestern University following a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and annually features some of the top wrestling programs in the country. This year’s event takes place December 29-30 at NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois and will be the first time Indiana Tech will be represented in the field.
With six NAIA All-American honors and two national champion belts between the three, the Warriors will look to make some noise in the 133-lbs. (Gimson’s) and 184-lbs. (Vermillion) brackets. Conner Gimson won the NAIA title at 133-lbs. last season and was the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) runner-up while twin brother Matthew was the WHAC Champion and took third at the 2021 NAIA National Championships in addition to winning the Gorriaran Award (presented annually to the wrestler who records the most pins in the least amount of time) at the national meet with five pins in 14:39. Vermillion was the NAIA National Champion and WHAC Champion at 184-lbs. a season ago while garnering Academic All-America® Team accolades from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
LANCERS DISMANTLE NO. 11 KNIGHTS
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s men’s basketball team secured a statement win, defeating No. 11 Marian 95-59 on Tuesday night.
The Lancers remain perfect on the season at 9-0 (2-0 Crossroads League), marking the best start since the 1991-92 season. The ’91-92 team began the year 13-0, eventually claiming the NAIA national championship.
Frankie Davidson topped 30 points for the second straight game, amassing a game-high 35 points to go along with seven rebounds and no turnovers.
Grace shot an incredible 62 percent from the floor and 53 percent on 3-pointers in a dazzling performance at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.
Grace’s win sets up a showdown with the No. 1-ranked team in the nation next week at home. The Lancers will square off with No. 1 St. Francis on Tuesday at 8 p.m. in a must-watch game at the MOCC.
Grace took the lead early on Tuesday and did not relinquish it. The Lancers scored with a variety of players in the opening minutes to grab a 14-9 lead.
Davidson found a groove midway into the half. He scored eight points over a three-minute span to put Grace on top by eight.
Ian Scott then gave Grace a boost off the bench, converting three layups in the span of 105 seconds.
But Grace’s offense went flat late in the half as Marian switched to a zone defense. The Lancers scored four points over the final five minutes, allowing Marian to pull within one.
Jake Wadding scored a layup in the final seconds of the half to put the Lancers on top 34-31 at halftime.
Grace shot 50 percent from the floor but made just 2 of 7 (29 percent) from beyond the arc.
Marian shot 32 percent but hit 5 of 11 (46 percent) on 3-pointers. The Knights turned the ball over just two times as well.
Early in the second half, Grace erupted on a 9-0 run. Davidson hit a 3-pointer, and Eddie Gill IV scored twice.
Gill’s last bucket was a steal and fastbreak dunk which forced a timeout by Marian with Grace leading 43-33.
The Lancers continued to roll, however, thanks to five points in a row from Davidson. Later, Gill split the zone defense and dished to Scott for an open dunk, putting Grace on top 50-36 to bring yet another timeout.
A few minutes later, Davidson threw down a vicious one-handed dunk on a break as the Lancers opened up a 54-36 lead with 13 minutes remaining.
Grace refused to cool off, putting Marian into a 32-point hole at 72-40 with 6:49 on the clock. Davidson made an array of jumpshots, and Stoltzfus converted an acrobatic reverse layup to keep Grace’s crowd in a frenzy.
During one stretch of the half, Grace made 10 of 11 from the floor, which included 5 of 6 from beyond the arc.
The Lancers coasted down the stretch for the final 26-point margin of victory.
Wadding tallied 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, and Elijah Malone added 11 points, 8 boards and 5 blocked shots.
Scott racked up 8 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 1 block, Gill had six points and two steals, and Brycen Graber added five points and four assists. Carter Stoltzfus also scored five points off the bench.
GRACE’S OFFENSE MUTED IN LOSS TO NO. 10 MU
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s women’s basketball team could not unlock its offense, falling 55-36 to No. 10 Marian on Tuesday night.
The Lady Lancers struggled against the Knights’ stingy defense, committing 23 turnovers while shooting 27 percent from the floor.
Karlee Feldman scored a game-high 17 points, and Maddie Ryman added 13 points. But the rest of Grace’s team combined to score just six points.
Grace turned to Feldman at the start. The center scored three times in the opening minutes, forcing Marian into an early timeout.
The Lady Lancers’ defense was strong to begin the quarter as well, slowing Marian’s offense to a grind.
But Grace was unable to build a lead due to ball control. Grace turned the ball over nine times in the period, allowing Marian to grab a 17-8 lead.
The Knights ended the quarter on an 11-0 run as Grace went scoreless for the final 5:15.
Grace’s scoring drought carried into the second quarter. The Lady Lancers did not score for more than four additional minutes, extending the scoreless stretch to 8:54 overall.
The Lady Lancers could not make a run to end the half and went into halftime behind 29-15.
Grace made just 5 of 22 from the floor in the half for 23 percent, while Marian shot 42 percent. In the second quarter alone, Grace shot 1 of 10.
Grace also turned the ball over 14 times before halftime, directly resulting in 18 points for the Knights.
Shooting woes continued in the third quarter for Grace; the Lady Lancers missed their first 10 shots. As a result, Grace fell behind by 23 after beginning the half on a seven-minute drought.
Ryman broke the slump with a steal and fastbreak layup.
Grace mustered just four points in the third quarter and faced a 21-point deficit as the final quarter began.
With Grace struggling to find its offensive identity, the Lady Lancers returned to Feldman. The junior scored five quick points in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter.
Ryman also buried a triple, cutting Marian’s lead down to 18 with 7:27 remaining in the game.
Grace continued to play the Knights evenly for the rest of the quarter. Grace outscored Marian 17-15 in the fourth quarter, but the damage was already done as the Knights secured the win.
Feldman shot 7 of 14 from the floor for her 17 points, grabbing seven rebounds as well. Ryman tallied 13 points, 4 boards and 2 assists while hitting three 3-pointers.
Kenzie McMahon grabbed a game-high nine rebounds while scoring four points, and Peyton Murphy had three assists and five boards.
“The difference in the game tonight was our turnovers. We didn’t shoot it well either. Defensively the ladies played solid against a very good team, and we competed all the way until the end. We will clean up the offense and continue to work some things out after the break. We are looking forward to getting back after it,” said Grace head coach Dan Davis.
The Lady Lancers’ next outing will also be at home. Grace will host St. Francis on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. in a doubleheader with the men’s teams.
JACKSON RECORDS 20-POINT DOUBLE-DOUBLE AS TRAILBLAZERS FALL TO TRITON
MATTOON, Ill. – The Vincennes University Trailblazers took on the Triton Trojans Tuesday afternoon in the opening game of the 2021 Mattoon Classic at Lake Land College.
VU jumped out to an early lead but were unable to hold on as the Trailblazers fell 69-53 to Triton.
Vincennes freshman Shilo Jackson (Indianapolis, Ind.) anchored the Blazers offense in the paint on his way to his fourth double-double of the season, ending with 20 points and 13 rebounds.
VU brought the energy to start the game, using a 12-0 scoring run to take an 18-7 lead early in the first half.
Triton would respond like a team on the edge of the Top-25 rankings should, launching an 11-0 scoring run of their own to even the score.
The Trojans would take the lead late in the first half as the Trailblazers battled to regain the lead but couldn’t before the halftime break, heading into the locker room down 30-28.
Triton’s outside shooting began to connect in the second half as the Trojans expanded their lead to 24 points midway through the final period.
The Trailblazers would rally, going on a 14-2 scoring run with under 10 minutes to play but unfortunately could not complete the comeback as Vincennes fell 69-53.
“I thought before Triton pressured us we were the better team,” VU Hall of Fame Head Coach Todd Franklin said. “Once they pressured us, then our holes showed up. We’re going to be flawed and young but because we couldn’t handle the pressure better, it trumped everything else.”
“Triton’s a good team, Top-30 in the country, old team and we’re playing without Brevin Jefferson (Indianapolis, Ind.) which certainly didn’t help,” Franklin added. “I’ve got to do a better job of finding some way to make that work. But I really think there are a lot of things that we still need to work on.”
“As it was, we gave up 69 points, with some of those being easy giveaway buckets. We would have held them in the mid-50’s if we had just handled the ball. We would have scored at least in the mid-60’s if we had handled the ball. If we would have had Brevin and he would have played strong, then I think we would have had every chance to win this ballgame. We just haven’t found anybody else to do that under pressure.”
Along with Jackson, Vincennes freshman Thow James Biel (Calgary, Alberta) were the only two Trailblazers to reach double-figures in the points column, with James Biel ending with 10 points and three rebounds.
“We had them on their heels and I think it would have stayed that way if they were not able to pressure us like they did,” Franklin said. “I thought Shilo Jackson was the best big-man on the floor. I thought Thow played fine. I thought those two guys played fine. I thought Darrius Davis (Pittsburgh, Pa.) played hard but as it went along he got less and less productive, missing layups and free throws. But he’s playing hard and he got layups and free throws, you just have to convert them.”
“We’re young across the board, so when it starts to go bad we don’t have the strength of character to deal with it,” Franklin added. “I thought Thow really stayed in the game throughout, even when it was bad and I thought Shilo did as well. I just think the story of the day is that we just didn’t handle the pressure but we should have and we have to find someone who will. Someone who is stronger as the initiator and everyone else has to get sharper than where they are at. If we did that tonight, the holes were there and the plays the veteran teams take advantage of were there, then I think we would have beaten a pretty good team today.”
Vincennes will look to head into the Thanksgiving break on a high note tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 24 when VU closes out the Mattoon Classic by taking on No. 11-ranked Indian Hills Community College from Ottumwa, Iowa. Tip-off time is set for 2 p.m. eastern.
“I hope to just see a progression of continuing to get better, stronger and tougher,” Franklin said. “Obviously, we want better ball-handling. Being sharper and crisper when it comes to that, that’s the whole deal with us being competitive with teams that we can and should have beat. Shilo was good today, not perfect, but good. Thow I thought was good today. I thought we got some hard efforts from some people early, until the pressure came.”
“I’m sure Indian Hills is going to pressure us tomorrow, I don’t know why they wouldn’t and I’d like to see someone who is getting the chance to take the job right now while Brevin is out step up and act like they can do the job,” Franklin added. “We’ve got too many people acting like they can’t do the job, so I would like to see somebody step up and be strong, commanding and assertive with the ball. The biggest thing for us is to be assertive and quit looking for excuses to fail. Be assertive and look for the positive things that are out there so you can be successful. We’re seeing some of that, but we just have the fatal flaw of not being able to handle the pressure. We just need to get guys that will do what we’re saying and if you fail at least fail doing what we’re telling you to do aggressively. Because if that had happened today, I think we would have had every chance to win the game.”
LEAFS DISMANTLE THE HIGHLY TOUTED TROJANS
UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor Trojans had won their previous three games by a combined 141 points. That changed when Goshen stepped on their court on Tuesday night.
And literally from the moment they stepped on the court, as Goshen was in control the entire way. Leading for all but 33 seconds of the match, the Maple Leafs crushed the red hot Trojans, 70-54.
“We really guarded tonight, and that was all the difference,” said head coach Stephanie Miller.
Taylor was ranked tied for second in the preseason Crossroads League coaches poll, and Goshen was in the seventh spot. The Trojans also were undefeated at home this season in addition to their three-game winning streak. Goshen was bound to strike eventually, as their four recent losses were only by a combined 25 points. The Maple Leafs get their first road win and conference win of the season.
The game’s story can best be summed up by rebounds, offensive rebounds, and second-chance points. Goshen had 21 more rebounds than their opponent (44-23) and won the offensive rebound category 17-5. That led to 18-second chance points for Goshen, and Taylor had just two.
Goshen (4,5 1-1 CL) led by 13 at halftime, and a three-pointer by Sa’drea Rougeau to start the third quarter brought the lead to 16. However, Taylor (5-5, 1-1 CL) rallied with a 10-0 run to cut the lead to six. “We knew that Taylor would make a run at us,” said Miller. “They threw a press and a zone look at us, and we took a little too long to adjust.”
The Maple Leafs lead stayed at six until the fourth quarter began. Then, GC went on an 11-0 run to lead by 17, and they maintained a healthy margin until winning 70-54. Miller went on to say that there were three reasons why the team was able to close out this challenging road game. First, they defended and rebounded with purpose. Then, they took care of the ball reasonably well. Lastly, Goshen hit free throws – especially in the fourth quarter when they needed them most.
Ta’Niece Chapman scored 16 for Goshen and brought down eight rebounds. Kyla Foster had her second straight double-digit scoring game with 14 points, six rebounds, and two steals. Five other Leafs players scored at least six points.
“We have needed to win a big game to help build confidence in ourselves – and this one is a good start for us,” Miller shared. “I’m confident in the team that we can use this as a stepping stone for where we are headed, not where we have come from.”
The Leafs will enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday before facing Indiana Wesleyan on the road on Wednesday, December 1 at 7:00 pm. The next home game is on Saturday, December 4, at 1:00 pm against Spring Arbor. The men will play afterward at 3:00 pm.
MANSBARGER SCORES 20 AS TROJANS TOPPLE LEAFS
UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor Trojans beat the Goshen Maple Leafs 77-59 in the men’s portion of the doubleheader in Upland. The Trojans have now won four straight games and move to 2-0 in the Crossroads League.
The teams were tied 7-7 early on before Taylor started a 10-2 run to take a 17-9 advantage. Goshen would cut the lead down to three later in the half, but the Trojans held an 11 point lead at the break.
The Maple Leafs stayed in reach, getting within seven points on multiple occasions. However, Taylor didn’t look back at the end of the game and outscored Goshen by seven in the last seven minutes.
Head coach Jon Tropf remarked that the team must find a way to be more consistent. “It has been elusive for us so far,” he said, “but I still believe this group can find a way to get there.”
Ryan Mansbarger led GC with 20 points. Seven of them came from the free-throw line, as he shot 7-7 from there in the second half. Robert Sanders scored 12 and shot 67% from the field. Greg Johnson provided in multiple areas with eight points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Michael Johnson and Niles Arrington each added six to the Goshen score.
The Maple Leafs (2-7, 0-2 CL) shot 43% but were just 18% behind the arc. They won the offensive rebound category 8-4.
Taylor (4-5, 2-0 CL) was led by Jason Hubbard’s 21 points and 17 from Kaden Fuhrmann.
Goshen will take a break for the Thanksgiving holiday and will be back in action on the road at Indiana Wesleyan. That match will be on Tuesday, November 30 at 7:00 pm. The next time they’ll be in Gunden Gymnasium will be Saturday, December 4, when they take on Spring Arbor at 3:00 pm. The women will play at 1:00 pm at home that day.
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|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||7||4||0||.636||0.0||281||250||4-2-0||3-2-0||2-4-0||1-1-0||4 W|
|LOS ANGELES CHARGERS||6||4||0||.600||0.5||260||265||3-3-0||3-1-0||4-2-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||5||5||0||.500||1.5||223||262||3-3-0||2-2-0||4-3-0||1-2-0||3 L|
|DENVER BRONCOS||5||5||0||.500||1.5||200||183||2-3-0||3-2-0||2-4-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|BALTIMORE RAVENS||7||3||0||.700||0.0||247||230||4-1-0||3-2-0||4-3-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|CINCINNATI BENGALS||6||4||0||.600||1.0||268||216||2-2-0||4-2-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|PITTSBURGH STEELERS||5||4||1||.550||1.5||214||226||3-2-1||2-2-0||3-3-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|CLEVELAND BROWNS||6||5||0||.545||1.5||244||251||4-2-0||2-3-0||3-4-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|TENNESSEE TITANS||8||3||0||.727||0.0||291||254||4-2-0||4-1-0||5-2-0||3-1-0||1 L|
|INDIANAPOLIS COLTS||6||5||0||.545||2.0||309||245||3-3-0||3-2-0||5-3-0||2-2-0||3 W|
|HOUSTON TEXANS||2||8||0||.200||5.5||150||271||1-3-0||1-5-0||2-5-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS||2||8||0||.200||5.5||159||262||2-4-0||0-4-0||2-5-0||0-3-0||2 L|
|NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|DALLAS COWBOYS||7||3||0||.700||0.0||293||214||4-1-0||3-2-0||5-1-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|PHILADELPHIA EAGLES||5||6||0||.455||2.5||297||260||1-4-0||4-2-0||4-3-0||0-1-0||2 W|
|WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM||4||6||0||.400||3.0||212||267||2-3-0||2-3-0||4-2-0||1-0-0||2 W|
|NEW YORK GIANTS||3||7||0||.300||4.0||189||246||2-3-0||1-4-0||2-5-0||0-2-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|ARIZONA CARDINALS||9||2||0||.818||0.0||310||202||3-2-0||6-0-0||5-2-0||4-0-0||1 W|
|LOS ANGELES RAMS||7||3||0||.700||1.5||271||227||3-2-0||4-1-0||5-2-0||1-2-0||2 L|
|SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||5||5||0||.500||3.5||246||222||1-4-0||4-1-0||4-4-0||1-3-0||2 W|
|SEATTLE SEAHAWKS||3||7||0||.300||5.5||194||209||1-4-0||2-3-0||1-5-0||1-2-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|GREEN BAY PACKERS||8||3||0||.727||0.0||247||214||4-0-0||4-3-0||6-2-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|MINNESOTA VIKINGS||5||5||0||.500||2.5||255||242||3-2-0||2-3-0||4-2-0||2-0-0||2 W|
|CHICAGO BEARS||3||7||0||.300||4.5||163||240||2-3-0||1-4-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||5 L|
|DETROIT LIONS||0||9||1||.050||7.0||160||273||0-4-0||0-5-1||0-6-0||0-3-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS||7||3||0||.700||0.0||309||222||5-0-0||2-3-0||5-3-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|NEW ORLEANS SAINTS||5||5||0||.500||2.0||251||218||2-2-0||3-3-0||4-4-0||1-2-0||3 L|
|CAROLINA PANTHERS||5||6||0||.455||2.5||226||220||2-4-0||3-2-0||3-5-0||2-0-0||1 L|
|ATLANTA FALCONS||4||6||0||.400||3.0||178||288||1-4-0||3-2-0||2-5-0||1-2-0||2 L|
|NEW YORK||10||8||.556||3.0||5-5||5-3||3-1||7-8||5-5||1 W|
|OKLAHOMA CITY||6||11||.353||5.0||4-4||2-7||0-1||6-5||5-5||3 L|
|GOLDEN STATE||15||2||.882||—||9-1||6-1||3-0||8-1||9-1||4 W|
|LA CLIPPERS||10||8||.556||5.5||8-4||2-4||0-1||8-6||6-4||1 L|
|LA LAKERS||9||10||.474||7.0||7-5||2-5||0-2||5-6||4-6||1 L|
|SAN ANTONIO||4||12||.250||5.5||2-5||2-7||0-3||1-10||2-8||5 L|
|NEW ORLEANS||3||16||.158||8.0||2-7||1-9||1-1||3-8||2-8||2 L|
|TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||20||13||6||1||27||13||51||45||9-3-1||4-3-0||8-2-0|
|TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||18||11||4||3||25||9||59||52||6-3-2||5-1-1||7-1-2|
|DETROIT RED WINGS||20||8||9||3||19||8||54||67||5-2-2||3-7-1||4-5-1|
|NEW YORK RANGERS||18||11||4||3||25||10||51||51||5-1-1||6-3-2||6-2-2|
|COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||16||10||6||0||20||8||57||51||6-3-0||4-3-0||6-4-0|
|NEW JERSEY DEVILS||16||8||5||3||19||7||48||49||5-3-1||3-2-2||4-3-3|
|NEW YORK ISLANDERS||15||5||8||2||12||5||31||47||0-2-0||5-6-2||3-6-1|
|ST. LOUIS BLUES||18||10||6||2||22||9||61||49||5-3-1||5-3-1||4-5-1|
|VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||19||11||8||0||22||10||59||59||7-4-0||4-4-0||7-3-0|
|SAN JOSE SHARKS||18||9||8||1||19||9||46||51||4-3-1||5-5-0||4-5-1|
|LOS ANGELES KINGS||18||8||7||3||19||7||47||46||5-4-1||3-3-2||6-2-2|