Local Sports News: November 20, 2023

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IU Men’s Soccer knocks off #10 Wake Forest in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament
The Indiana Hoosiers beat #10 Seed Wake Forest Deamon Deacons 3-2 in overtime in the NCAA Second Round in Winston Salem North Carolina Sunday Evening. The Hoosiers are 14-4-4 and will advance to the Sweet 16 for the ninth straight year and will travel to #7 Virginia next. The Deamon Deacons end the season at 11-3-5. This was the sixth all-time meeting between the two teams with the series tied up 3-3. Indiana snaps a three-game losing streak to the Deamon Deacons and this is the first time that Indiana has won in Winston Salem. The Hoosiers lost 1-0 on November 29, 2015, in the Sweet 16 and 2-1 in double overtime on August 24, 2018, which was the last meeting between the two programs. Wake Forest won in Bloomington 2-1 on September 6, 2009. The Hoosiers won in Bloomington 1-0 on September 2, 2005, and 4-0 on October 4, 1987, in Evansville Indiana.

Wake Forest got on the board first in the 20th minute and went to the locker room up 1-0. Hugo Bacharach scored the first goal for the Hoosiers in the 64th Minute. Wake Forest responded three minutes to go up 2-1 with 23 minutes left. Indiana tied the game when Karsen Henderlong scored to tie the game 2-2 in the 73rd minute. The game went to overtime as they played the full 20 minutes with no golden goal. Indiana scored in 93rd minute on a tremendous flick off the foot of Hugo Bacharach to give the Hoosiers the 3-2 lead as the held on to stay alive in the NCAA Tournament.

Indiana has made 37 straight NCAA Tournament Appearances and 48 out 51 seasons as varsity program with 8 National Championships, 17 National Title Game Appearances and 22 trips to the College Cup. Wake Forest has been in the NCAA Tournament every year since 2011. Indiana has the longest active streak of Sweet 16 Appearances with Nine.  The Hoosiers struggled to start the season since October 2nd the Hoosiers are 11-1-1 as compared to 3-3-3 in August and September. The Hoosiers always click in the second part of the season, and they are poised to make another deep run in the postseason.  

#18 IU Women’s Basketball returns to their defensive ways with a win over Lipscomb  
#18 Indiana Hoosiers got back to their defensive effort with a 77-44 win over the Lipscomb Bisons Sunday Afternoon in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. After giving up 79 points to Murray State Friday Night Indiana Head Coach Teri Moren was not pleased with the defensive effort and said they need to get back to smashmouth defense.  The Hoosiers held Lipscomb to under 20 points below their lowest scoring game with 66 in a loss to Fairfield.  This was the first meeting between the two programs as Lipscomb is located in Nashville Tennessee and plays in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Sara Scalia led the Hoosiers with 24 points going 8-13 from the field, 5-7 from three-point line and 3-3 from the free throw line. Mackenize Holmes scored 23 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Holmes is now 1,967 points for her career and 397 points behind Tyra Buss who played at IU from 2014-18 for the second on the school’s all-time scoring list. The Hoosiers were 31-64 from the field for 48%, 9-20 from three-point range for 45% and 6-8 from the free throw line for 75%. The Hoosiers pulled down 43 rebounds, dished out 23 assists, 4 blocks, 3 steals and committed 14 turnovers. The Hoosiers scored 42 points in the paint and scored 16 points off the bench. Sydney Parrish who had hamstring issue against Murray State on Friday started the game Sunday afternoon and had her left thigh wrapped up. Parrish played 20 minutes and scored 7 points and left in the fourth quarter when she grabbed her thigh and started limping and was replaced by Juliana LaMendola. Coach Teri Moren knows these types of injuries can linger so she is just using caution when comes when she can keep Parrish in the game.

Lipscomb who falls to 3-2 on the season was led by a 14-point effort by Molly Heard. Carmel Indiana native Taylor Bowen did not score in 13 minutes with an assist, a turnover and 2 fouls. The Hoosiers lead leading scorer Bella Vinson to two points. The Bisons were 17-55 for 31 % from the field, 6-18 for 33 % and 4-5 from the free throw line. The Bisons pulled down 27 rebounds, dished 8 out assists, 5 steals a block and committed 16 turnovers. The Bisons had 14 points in the paint and scored 7 points off the bench.

Mackenzie Holmes scored the first basket of the game 22 seconds in with a layup and Bisons had no answer for Holmes as she went 11-16 from the field. Lipscomb tied the game 2-2 on a layup by Molly Heard 30 seconds into the game. The Hoosiers lead 18-12 after the first quarter as the Bisons were not going away after the first quarter. The Hoosiers clamped down in the second quarter outscoring the Bisons 21-6 and leading 38-19 going into the locker room. In the Second Half Indiana outscored Lipscomb 38-26 in the second half and it was 19-13 in both the third and fourth quarters. Indiana 58-31 after the third quarter. Lipscomb was 2-11 from the field and did not score for the final two minutes and forty-four seconds of the game. The Hoosiers will head to Fort Myers Florida for the Ft Myers Elevance Health Women’s Tipoff Tournament when they take on the Tennessee Lady Volunteers on Thursday at 6pm and the Princeton Tigers Saturday at 11am in the Suncoast Credit Union Arena on the Campus of Florida Southwestern State University.

#5 UConn Handles IU Men’s Basketball by 20 in New York City
The 5th ranked and defending national champions Connecticut Huskies beat the Indiana Hoosiers 77-57 in the Empire Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City Sunday Afternoon. The Hoosiers are 3-1 on the season and will be back in action Monday afternoon at 4:30pm when they face the Louisville Cardinals in the third-place game.  #19 Texas beat Louisville 81-80 on a buzzer beater by Max Abmas. #5 Connecticut will take on #19 Texas in the championship game at 7pm as both games will be televised on ESPNU.

Malik Reneau led the Hoosiers with a career high 18 points, Kel’el Ware had 11 points and 8 rebounds and Trey Galloway added 10 points. The Hoosiers were 17-45 from the field for 38%, 3-13 from three-point range for 23% and 20-28 from the free throw line for 71%. Indiana pulled down 22 rebounds, 7 steals, 6 assists, 3 blocks and committed 12 turnovers. CJ Gunn scored 7 points, Anthony Walker 5 points, Xavier Johnson 4 points and Freshman Mackenzie Mgbako from Gladstone New Jersey scored 2 points. The Huskies got 23 points and 11 rebounds from Tristen Newton. Cam Spencer added 18 points and Alex Karaban added 13 points. 7-2 Sophomore Donavan Clingan had 7 points and 9 rebounds. The Huskies were 26-56 from the field for 44%, 7-22 from three-point range for 31% and 20-25 from the free throw line for 80%. The Huskies pulled down 44 rebounds, dished out 19 assists, 4 blocks and committed 14 turnovers. 

The Huskies scored first on a Donavan Clingan free throw. The Hoosiers took a 3-1 lead when Kel’el Ware knocked down the outside shot. The Huskies tied the game when Cam Spencer hit a made free throw. Ware gave the Hoosiers the lead 4-3 on made free throw. Alex Karaban hit a three pointer to give the Huskies a 6-4 lead and Hoosiers tied the game at 6-6 on a Malik Reneau dunk. Tristen Newton made two free throws to put the Huskies up 8-6 and Trey Galloway’s layup tied the game at 8-8. Samson Johnson’s dunk made it 10-8 UConn used 6-0 run to keep the lead and go into the locker room leading 37-30 at half. The Huskies increased the lead 44-30 with 18:01 left in the game using a 7-0 run. Indiana could get no closer than 7 points the rest of the half as the Huskies led by 24 with 1:53 left to go in the game. The Huskies lead the All-Time Series with the Hoosiers 7-4 as Connecticut has won two straight in the series and this was 3rd straight meeting that programs have met in New York City Since 2019.

Michigan State beats Indiana University Football to take back the Old Brass Spittoon
The Michigan State Spartans beat the Indiana Hoosiers 24-21 Saturday Afternoon to take back the Old Brass Spittoon as the road team has won the last four meetings in this series dating back to 2020. Michigan State leads the all-time series 50-18-2 and 50-15-1 in the battle for the Spittoon. The Hoosiers have not won back-to-back games against Michigan State since they won three straight games in the series from 1967-69. Indiana is 3-8 on the season along with 1-7 Conference record and will finish last place in the Big Ten East while Michigan State is 4-7 and 2-6 in the Big Ten. Indiana will travel to archrival Purdue next Saturday for the Old Oaken Bucket game at Noon on Saturday.

On the first possession of the game Michigan State drove down the field 9 plays and 62 yards as Kaitin Houser found Maliq Carr on a 17-yard pass to make the score 7-0 with 11:02 left in the first quarter. The Hoosiers punted on their first two possessions and the Spartans punted on their second possession. Michigan State faced a 3rd and 7 at the Hoosiers 46-yard line when Houser was picked off by Josh Sanguinetti. The Hoosiers unable to move the ball and had to punt away for the third time and the Spartans punted the ball back. The Hoosiers got on the board when Trent Howland scored on 4-yard run that capped off an 11 play 88-yard drive with 9:29 left in the second quarter to tie the game at 7-7. The Spartans went for it on 4th and 1 at the Indiana 28-yard line as Kaitin Houser’s QB sneak was stuffed for no gain as the Spartans gave the ball back to the Hoosiers but for the fourth time in five drives the Hoosiers punted the ball away. The Spartans capped off an 8 play 78-yard drive in 1:13 with Kaitin Houser finding Montorie Foster Jr on a 29-yard score. Foster made a great catch in traffic and a spin move and the Hoosiers poor tackling gave Foster Jr. a chance to walk in for touchdown to give Michigan State the lead 14-7 with 1:10 left in the second quarter. The Hoosiers had one more chance to score when Chris Freeman’s 45-yard field goal came up short and Michigan State went into the locker room up 14-7.

In the second half, Indiana got the ball first and the Hoosiers used an 8 play 75-yard drive that included a 38-yard pass from Sorsby to Donaven McCulley that set up a 3-yard touchdown pass to James Bomba to tie the game 14-14 with 10:54 left in the 3rd quarter. Both teams traded punts. The Spartans Kaitin Houser threw his second interception of the game and Jamari Sharpe returned it the Indiana 48-yard line and he fumbled the ball and the Spartans Alante Brown recovered. Michigan State was unable to convert and punted the ball away.  The Hoosiers had a 13 play 66-yard drive stopped when Brendan Sorsby threw an incomplete pass to Donaven McCulley and the Spartans took over as the Hoosiers used up five minutes and 26 seconds of clock. The Spartans used a 7 play 39-yard drive chewing up 3 minutes and nine seconds of clock that resulted in a Jonathan Kim 36-yard field goal to the Spartans the 17-14 lead 9:26 left in the fourth quarter. Indiana went 11 plays and 75 yards as Brendan Sorsby found Trey Walker for an 8-yard score with 4:06 left in the fourth quarter. The Spartans responded with an 8 play 75-yard drive in two minutes and 47 seconds as Houser found Maliq Carr on 36-yard touchdown pass and poor tackling gave the Spartans a 24-21 lead with 1:19 left in the game.

Indiana had one last chance on a first and ten at the Michigan State 25-yard line. Brendan Sorsby threw an incomplete pass intended for E.J. Williams and Sorsby was called for intentional grounding and that pushed the Hoosiers back to the Michigan State 31-yard line and the Hoosiers had to use their final timeout. Chris Freeman missed a 48-yard field goal with 2 seconds left and the Spartans took a knee to win the game. Brendan Sorsby finished the game 19-34 for 192 yards passing with 2 touchdowns along with 59 yards rushing on 14 carries. DeQuece Carter had 6 Catches for 59 yards and Trent Howland had 19 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown. Michigan State’s Kaitin Houser was 26-41 for 245 yards passing with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Maliq Carr had 9 catches for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns along Montorie Foster Jr catching 7 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. Indiana outgained Michigan State 402-317 and Indiana 210 rushing yards to 72 for Michigan State.  Indiana Head Coach Tom Allen made it clear going into the final game against Purdue that the Hoosiers will fight until the clock hits zero. “I got this team’s back, period. They know it. We will fight to the finish I promised you that” Allen Said after the game.

#18 Indiana University Women’s Basketball scores 112 points against Murray State
The 18th Ranked Indiana Hoosiers bounced back Friday Night in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall with a 112-79 victory over the Murray State Racers. It’s the second most points in a single game as the Hoosiers scored 115 over Gardner-Webb on November 15, 2014. The Hoosiers are 2-1 on the season and will welcome the Lipscomb Bisons to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Sunday afternoon at 2pm. Lipscomb is 3-1 on the season after a 74-43 win at Tennessee State Friday Night.  Indiana is 3-0 all time against Murray State since was the first between the two teams since 2012 and Murray State’s first trip to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall since 2011. 

Indiana was led in scoring with 22 points from Sara Scalia, Mackenize Holmes recorded her first double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds and her 21st double-double of her career. Holmes has scored 1,944 points and sits 420 points behind Tyra Buss for second on the schools all time scoring list. Yarden Garzon and Chloe Moore-McNeil added 14 points each along with 12 points apiece from Lexus Bargesser and Lilly Mesiter. The Hoosiers shot 53% from the field on 42-78 shooting, 7-19 from three-point range for 36% and 21-28 from the free throw line for 78%. The Hoosiers pulled down 49 rebounds, dished out 24 assists, 6 blocks, 6 steals and committed 8 turnovers. The Hoosiers had 64 points in the paint and 37 points off the bench as nine of the ten Hoosiers that played scored.  

The Hoosiers jumped out to a 4-0 lead with layups by Chloe Moore-McNeil and Mackenzie Holmes. Murray State scored on a three pointer by Hannah McKay. The Hoosiers went on a 16-0 run to lead 20-3 with 4:29 left in the first quarter before Murray State scored with 4:03 left on a basket by Katelyn Young. Terre Haute Indiana native Zoe Stewart scored, and the Racers were on a 4-0 run before a Sara Scalia jumper with 3:38 left in the first quarter ended the run for the Racers. The Hoosiers lead 27-12 after the first quarter. In the Second quarter Purdue Transfer Ava Learn scored the first basket at the 9:43 mark. The Hoosiers scored the next four points with Moore-McNeil going to the basket and Holmes scoring inside. Murray State went on an 8-0 run to trail by nine points with 7:16 to go before the break and Sara Scalia drilled a three pointer with seven minutes left to end the scoring run. Moore-McNeil hit a three pointer to put the Hoosiers up 15.  Freshman Juliana LaMendola got her first basket as a Hoosier when she stole the ball and was fouled on the play with 52 seconds left in the second quarter.  The Hoosiers lead 52-35 at halftime with Mackenize Holmes and Sara Scalia scoring 12 points each as the Hoosiers went 21-42 from the field for 50%, 6-12 from three-point range for 50% and 4-5 at the free throw line for 80%.  Indiana outscored Murray State 27-25 in the second quarter.

Katelyn Young scored the first basket for Murray State in the second half as the Hoosiers went on 7-0 run before Young scored to end the Hoosiers run. Sara Scalia scored the next four points and Murray State went on a 7-0 run as Scalia scored her sixth straight point on a layup to put the Hoosiers up 19 with 6:01 left in the third quarter. Chloe Moore-McNeil scored the next three points as the Hoosiers were on 5-0 run before Haven Ford hit two three throws. The Hoosiers closed out the quarter on 5-0 as Lilly Meister beat the buzzer on a fast break layup to extend the Hoosiers lead to 22 85-63 and outscored the Racers 33-28 in a fast-paced quarter.  The Hoosiers outscored Murray State 27-16 in the fourth quarter. Henna Sandvik’s pass to Lilly Meister for the layup put the Hoosiers over the century mark with 3:26 left and the Hoosiers extended the lead to over 30 points with 1:57 left in the game.

Murray State was lead in scoring by Katelyn Young with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Purdue Transfer Ava Learn had 15 points, Hannah McKay scored 13 points and Terre Haute North Grad Zoe Stewart added 10 points. The Racers were 29-71 from the field for 40%, 10-34 from three-point range for 29%, and 11-14 from the free throw line for 78%. The Racers pulled down 34 rebounds, dished out 16 assists, 5 blocks, 4 steals and committed 24 turnovers. The Racers scored 41 points off the bench and 32 points in the paint. Murray State is a team that pressed the whole game, and the Hoosiers broke the press several times but for Head Coach Teri Moren she was not happy with the defensive performance. “To be quite frank, not very happy with how we’re performing on the defensive side of the ball. We lack communication right now, we lack urgency” Moren Said after the game. It was a long week for the Hoosiers after the 32-point loss at Stanford on Sunday. “There’s no ignoring the Stanford Game, we could let it define us or we could learn from it” Mackenize Holmes said after the game. The Hoosiers have learned a lot from the loss and worked really hard in practice this week and now prepare for Sunday’s game against Lipscomb before a trip to Fort Myers Florida for a Thanksgiving tournament against Tennessee and Princeton. 

Bloomington South’s Football Season ends with a loss to Decatur Central in the Semi State
The Bloomington South Panthers fell to the Decatur Central Hawks 24-12 Friday Night in the IHSAA Class 5A Semi State Championship game at Decatur Central on the Southwest side of Indianapolis. The Panthers finish the season 11-2 and fall to 0-5 in Semi State Championship Appearances since winning their last State Title in 1998. Decatur Central is 11-2 on the season and will meet Fort Wayne Snider for the Class 5A State Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Next Friday at 7pm. The Hawks win their second Semi State Title and first since 2018 and will be looking for their first ever state title in school history.

Decatur Central scored with 7:50 to go in the first quarter on a 40-yard field goal by Adrian Rheam to lead 3-0. Reham missed a 38 yarder with 2:24 left in the first quarter as the Hawks had all 93 yards of offense on the ground while the Panthers had 17 yards rushing along with 25 passing yards at the end of the first quarter. The Panthers first gamble of the game came on a 4 and 1 at their own 34-yard line when Quarterback Jarrin Alley kept the ball and the Decatur Central defense buried him for a three-yard loss. The Hawks scored as Halbert Aguirre scored from 2 yards out to make it 10-0 Decatur Central with 7:57 left in the second quarter.  Bloomington South got on the board when Gavin Adams scored on a 25-yard touchdown run but a snap on the extra point made it 10-6 with 4:27 left before halftime. The Hawks led 10-6 at halftime and had 21 carries for 163 yards and were 1-8 passing with 11 yards and an interception. Bloomington South had 46 yards rushing on 30 carries and Jarrin Alley was 6-12 passing with 58 yards.

In the second half the Hawks scored their second rushing touchdown of the night as Keion Berry scored from five yards out to make it 17-6 with 5:53 left in the third quarter and the Hawks had 244 rushing yards at that point in the game. Decatur Central had a 46-yard field goal blocked by Ben Godar with four seconds left in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter Decatur Central kept it on the ground as N’Po Dodo scored from the one-yard line to make it 24-6 with 7:50 left in the ballgame. Gavin Adams scored his second rushing touchdown with 4:47 left in the ball game and the Panthers fail on the two-point conversion. The Panthers went for the onside kick and Decatur Central recovered and on a 4th and 1 at the Panthers 33-yard line the Hawks got 12 yards and a first down and sealed the game and book their trip to Lucas Oil Stadium next Friday Night.

Decatur Central’s KC Berry had 21 carries for 253 yards and 197 of those yards came in the second half on 16 carries. The Hawks ground and pound game worked to perfection as they had 408 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Gavin Adams had 100 yards rushing with 2 touchdowns on 24 carries. Jarrin Alley was 9-19 for 97 yards passing and was sacked three times. Lucas Waldon had 6 catches for 54 yards and Tysen Smith had 2 catches for 32 yards.  

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