Friday, February 12
Hoosiers use late surge to upset No. 4 Hawkeyes 85-78
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell scored 14 points and Troy Williams added 13 and Indiana rallied to upset No. 4 Iowa 85-78 on Thursday night after blowing a big lead.
Indiana (20-5, 10-2 Big Ten) pulled into a three-way for the conference lead and gave coach Tom Crean his fourth 20-win season at the school.
Jarrod Uthoff led the Hawkeyes (19-5, 10-2) with 24 points, and Mike Gesell had 17. Iowa lost for the first time in four games.
It could have been much easier.
Indiana was cruising in the first half, building a 16-point lead before giving it away.
The Hawkeyes closed to 45-38 at the half and scored the first nine points of the second half to take their first lead since the opening minutes.
Trailing 60-56 with 9:35 left, Indiana regained the lead with 14-2 run and never trailed again.
Banyard has 18, Illinois St. beats Evansville 70-60
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Nick Banyard had a career-high 18 points as Illinois State used a strong second half to beat Evansville 70-60 on Thursday night as the Redbirds won the battle for second place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings.
Illinois State (15-11, 9-4) shocked No. 21 Wichita State 58-53 on Saturday. The Redbirds are three games back of the Shockers in the conference.
Trailing 30-29 at the break, Illinois State's Tony Wills and DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell opened the second period with back-to-back treys for a 35-32 lead. The Redbirds pushed that to 58-45 with 5:52 left.
Akoon-Purcell had 14 points, Paris Lee, who had a career-high 19 points in the Wichita State win, finished with 12 and MiKyle McIntosh added 11 for Illinois State.
D.J. Balentine led Evansville (19-7, 8-5) with 19 points. Egidiju Mockevicius had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Adam Wing chipped in 11 points.
Oral Roberts snaps 5-game skid, beats IUPUI 77-56
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Obi Emegano had 21 points, 13 rebounds and four steals on Thursday night and Oral Roberts snapped a five-game losing streak with a 77-56 win over IUPUI on Thursday night.
The Golden Eagles (12-14, 4-8 Summit) jumped ahead 23-5 to start and led by double digits the rest of the way. IUPUI (11-16, 7-5) narrowed the lead to 13 at halftime and got as close as 50-38 with 13:17 left.
Oral Roberts pushed ahead 61-41 with an 11-3 run and weathered the Jaguars' 7-0 run in response.
Albert Owens added 13 points and Brandon Conley scored 12, each with seven rebounds. The Golden Eagles made 6 of 13 from 3-point range and shot 51 percent overall.
Matt O'Leary had 13 points to lead IUPUI. Darell Combs added 12 and Nick Osborne had 11 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
Quick start leads Valparaiso past Western Kentucky 64-52
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Keith Carter scored 16 points and Valparaiso opened a big lead early en route to a 64-52 win over Northern Kentucky.
Valparaiso has won has won five straight to stretch its lead in the Horizon League to three games.
Shane Hammink and Darien Walker added 12 points apiece for the Crusaders (21-4, 11-1), who led 38-20 at the half. Alec Peters had nine points and nine rebounds as Valparaiso had a 37-28 advantage on the boards. The difference on the offensive end was 11-5, which led to a 14-4 difference in second-chance points.
Todd Johnson had nine points for the Norse (9-15, 5-8), who shot 32 percent in the first half.
Five different plays scored as Valparaiso broke away from an 8-8 tie with 10 straight points. After WKU crawled back within eight with five minutes left in the half, the Crusaders closed with a 13-1.
No. 5 Maryland never trails in 73-59 win over Purdue
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 23, Brionna Jones had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 5 Maryland beat Purdue 73-59 on Thursday night for a season sweep.
Coming off a 94-86 loss at Ohio State, the Terrapins (22-3, 11-2 Big Ten) never trailed in defeating the Boilermakers for the second time in nine days.
Maryland has lost only two Big Ten games since joining the conference last season — both this year against the Buckeyes.
Ashley Morrissette led Purdue (16-8, 7-6) with 18 points and April Wilson added 14. The Boilermakers have dropped three in a row and six of eight.
The last time these teams met, Walker-Kimbrough scored 41 in an 87-67 rout. In this one, Walker-Kimbrough had only 10 points at halftime.
Colts promote assistants Tim Berbenich, Jim Hostler
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano completed his revamped coaching staff Thursday, promoting Tim Berbenich to offensive assistant and assistant quarterbacks coach and naming Jim Hostler tight ends coach.
Berbenich spent the past two seasons as defensive assistant after being the Colts' offensive assistant in 2013 and 2014. He also coached previously in Tampa Bay and with the New York Jets.
Hostler is in his second season in Indianapolis. He was in charge of wide receivers last season. He has previously worked with Buffalo, Baltimore, San Francisco, the Jets, New Orleans and Kansas City.
PEYTON-ELI'S SAD FACE
Peyton Manning has a little fun with little brother Eli
NEW YORK (AP) — Peyton Manning had a little fun with little brother Eli's sad face at the Super Bowl during a "Tonight Show" appearance.
Peyton said he understood why Eli wasn't elated like other relatives who were shown celebrating after Denver's late touchdown sealed the Broncos' win over the Carolina Panthers.
He told host Jimmy Fallon during the show that aired Wednesday that Eli had his game face on and was simply analyzing the game.
Then, he and Fallon pivoted a bit where they spoke to a life-sized cutout of Eli, the New York Giants quarterback who won two Super Bowl rings himself.
Peyton kept telling cardboard Eli about big moments in his life, including being drafted No. 1 by the Colts and his wife being pregnant with twins. The camera kept showing Eli's expressionless face.
US TRAINING CAMP
Stewart participating at US women's hoop training camp
UNDATED (AP) — UConn senior Breanna Stewart is taking a break from her season to participate in a three-day training camp for the U.S. women's national basketball team.
Stewart, who has guided the No. 1 Huskies to an undefeated season, is the only college athlete among the 16 players competing at the camp. She helped the U.S. win gold at the 2014 World Championship.
Joining Stewart at the training sessions from Feb. 21-23 on UConn's campus are former Huskies Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Maya Moore. Three-time Olympian Tamika Catchings returns to USA Basketball after helping the team win its fifth straight gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
Former Olympians Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus and Angel McCoughtry will attend camp, along with WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne and Brittney Griner.