No.16 Bonnies win the Charleston Classic
CHARLESTON, SC – Jaren Holmes had a career-high 19 points and 13 rebounds, Osun Osunniyi added 16 points and 11 rebounds and Saint-Bonaventure defeated Marquette 70-54 on Sunday night to win the Charleston Classic.
Osunniyi – who entered the game as the active NCAA leader in blocks per game (2.73) and had four on Sunday – made 8 of 10 on the field. Jalen Adaway had 14 points on 7 of 11 shots and Kyle Lofton added 12 points, four assists and two steals
Marquette missed his first nine field goal attempts in the second half as Holmes and Adaway scored six points each in a 16-2 streak that gave Saint-Bonaventure (5-0) a 49-27 lead with 13 minutes to play. The Bonnies led in double digits the rest of the way.
Justin Lewis led Marquette (5-1) with 17 points and 11 rebounds and David Joplin added 10 points.
Osunniyi and Adaway managed back-to-back dunks to give St. Bonaventure (5-0) a solid 17-15 lead midway through the first half, then scored 10 of the last 13 before the break to carry the score to 33-25 at halftime.
Saint-Bonaventure solidified its status as a darling of the start of the season, dropping from six spots to 16th in the Associated Press Top 25 poll of college basketball on Monday.
Leicht participates in the All-Star event
KETTERING, Ohio – Lewis Cass senior Makenna Leicht placed 32nd out of 47 runners on Saturday in the Middle East Champions Meet, an All-Star meeting made up of top seniors from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and from Illinois. She ran at 7:25 pm which is the same time she ran in the IHSAA State Finals.
“I’m proud of the way Makenna has represented Lewis Cass and our Indiana team,” said Cass coach Denise Rush. “She made the most of her experience because she left with many new friends from that meeting and gave the best of herself during the race. Making her best three weeks after the state competition is another accomplishment for Makenna, as she ran at the same time as she ran in her race at the state competition, which makes us a second short of her best time. The Ohio course was a true cross country course with two hills, a wood, and what the teams called a river and stream that had to be crossed.
DePauw dominates Rose-Hulman in the playoffs
GREENCASTLE (AP) – DePauw’s defense managed five Rose-Hulman assists and stopped the Fightin ‘Engineers with a goal line again and the Tigers held on for a 26-21 win in the opening round of the NCAA Division III football championship Saturday.
DePauw rose to 9-2 with the first NCAA playoff victory in program history and advances to play Wis.-Whitewater who beat Greenville 69-7. Rose-Hulman ended her season at 8-3.
The match was a showdown between Cass County defensive coordinators, as Lewis Cass graduate Rory Mannering is DePauw’s DC and Pioneer graduate Jeffrey Dillon Stanton is Rose-Hulman’s DC.
Rose-Hulman’s defense forced three turnovers and forced several potentially short workouts from DePauw in turnovers or field goals due to his strong overall play. The Fightin ‘Engineers gained 511 yards in the day and only allowed DePauw to gain 275.
Kiser has choice 6 in Notre Dame victory
SOUTH BEND – With all the emotions that Senior Day brings, the question was: Would Notre Dame stumble against a bad Georgia Tech team?
The quick answer? Not even close.
The Fighting Irish No.8 pushed his way through a non-fighting Yellow Jackets team that was missing starting quarterback Jeff Sims with an undisclosed injury.
Notre Dame pounced on Georgia Tech in the first half, taking a 45-0 halftime lead after beating the Yellow Jackets 354-117. The Irish would maintain this dominance in the second half and take a 55-0 shutout victory, sending the seniors the right way on Saturday at the Notre Dame Stadium.
When he was not sacked, Jordan Yates returned the ball. In the first half, when pressed by defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey, Yates threw the ball down the field and into the arms waiting for linebacker Jack Kiser. The junior would then run 43 yards intact into the end zone for the touchdown – his second this season – to give Notre Dame their first double-digit lead at the time.
Kiser then left the game with an ankle injury. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Kiser’s ankle injury was not a high ankle sprain and that he should be ready to play against Stanford.
The Irish are now preparing for their regular season final next week at Palo Alto where they will play at Stanford (3-7). With a win, Notre Dame would end at 11-1 and keep alive for a possible college football playoff bid.
Evan Lepak, CNHI Sports Indiana
Purdue wins Tip-Off tournament
UNCASVILLE, Connecticut (AP) – Purdue’s biggest men came out on top in a massive early-season game.
Zach Edey scored 21 points and No.6 Purdue overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to beat No.5 Villanova 80-74 on Sunday to win the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament.
The 7-foot-4 center hit nine of his 12 shots on the ground and grabbed six rebounds. The team’s other post, 6-10 Trevion Williams, added nine points and four boards for the Boilermakers (5-0), who dominated below, edging the Wildcats 38-18 in paint and passing them 38 -26.
“Trevion and Zach are a really good 1-2 punch and I thought they had an above average game offensively,” said coach Matt Painter. “Between them they had 30 and 10, and I thought Trevion’s defense when we traded five ways he took a stand and made the difference. It doesn’t appear in this box score, but it does show up with our staff.
Caleb Furst and Isaiah Thompson each had 12 points for Purdue.
Justin Moore had 19 points, Caleb Daniels added 17 and Collin Gillespie had 14 for Villanova (3-2), who threw 34 attempts from behind the arc, making 13 of them.
Purdue received the only other first-place vote in the AP poll and edged Kansas to third in the Top 25 after the Boilermakers victory.
Taylor enters MVP conversation
INDIANAPOLIS – The hype train has left the station.
Jonathan Taylor’s five touchdown performance against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday put the Indianapolis Colts squarely on the national radar. Even in a league dominated by quarterbacks for decades, the sophomore superstar is starting to gain traction as an MVP contender.
He leads the NFL with 1,122 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns averaging 5.8 yards per carry. He’s played eight straight games with at least 100 scrum yards and one rushing touchdown, and he’s been nearly unstoppable over the past three weeks with 72 carries for 473 yards and eight total touchdowns.
George Bremer, CNHI Sports Indiana