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Iowa State jumps into Men’s AP Top 25 1/7/2019

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January 7th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 6, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week’s ranking:

Record Pts Prv
1. Duke (37) 12-1 1535 1
2. Michigan (9) 15-0 1499 2
3. Tennessee (13) 12-1 1481 3
4. Virginia (5) 13-0 1471 4
5. Gonzaga 14-2 1319 7
6. Michigan St. 13-2 1291 8
7. Kansas 12-2 1159 5
8. Texas Tech 13-1 1109 11
9. Virginia Tech 13-1 1093 10
10. Nevada 14-1 920 6
11. Auburn 11-2 919 12
12. North Carolina 11-3 889 15
13. Florida St. 12-2 879 9
14. Mississippi St. 12-1 683 17
15. N.C. State 13-1 674 18
16. Ohio St. 12-2 620 14
17. Houston 15-0 565 19
18. Kentucky 10-3 520 13
19. Buffalo 13-1 434 20
20. Iowa St. 12-2 344
21. Marquette 12-3 340 16
22. Indiana 12-3 245 21
23. Oklahoma 12-2 243 23
24. St. John’s 14-1 221
25. TCU 12-1 99

Others receiving votes: Villanova 56, Wisconsin 45, Iowa 40, Minnesota 23, Purdue 20, Nebraska 15, Maryland 14, Seton Hall 14, Alabama 7, UCF 6, Louisville 3, Texas 2, Arizona St. 1, Florida 1, North Texas 1.

Iowa State’s Montgomery declares for the NFL draft

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January 7th, 2019 by Chris Parks

Iowa State junior running back David Montgomery announced Monday morning that he will forgo his final year of eligibility at Iowa State and enter the NFL draft. Montgomery posted a statement on twitter Monday morning.

Montgomery leaves Iowa State as one of the most accomplished backs in school history. Montgomery finished his career with 2,925 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns on the ground. He also grabbed 71 receptions for 582 career yards. Montgomery also lead the nation in forced missed tackles in 2017 with 109, the most ever recorded since the stat began being tracked in 2014.

Montgomery is considered by most draft analysts as one of the top two backs in this year’s class. He has been projected as a first round pick by some media outlets.

Iowa State sweeps Big 12 Player of the Week Awards

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January 7th, 2019 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State has swept the Big 12 weekly awards following a 2-0 start to the conference season. Marial Shayok took home Big 12 Player of the Week honors, while Tyrese Haliburton captured his second Big 12 Newcomer of the Week award this season.

Shayok, a senior, averaged 20.5 points and 5.5 rebounds as the Cyclones swept Oklahoma State and then-No. 5 Kansas. The Ottawa, Ontario native followed a 17-point performance at OSU with one of the best performances of his career against KU. Shayok was nearly perfect against the Jayhawks, scoring 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting. He connected on all five of his 3-point attempts, tying the Iowa State single-game record for 3-point percentage.

The freshman Haliburton continues to shine in his first season in Ames. Haliburton averaged 13.0 points, 3.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks in ISU’s two victories. The Oshkosh, Wisconsin native started the week with 12 points against Oklahoma State, connecting on 4-of-6 three-pointers.

Haliburton was even better against Kansas, scoring 14 points and making 4-of-5 three-pointers to improve to 8-for-11 three-point shooting against conference foes this season. He also had three assists and matched his career high with four steals against the Jayhawks.

The Cyclones are back in action Tuesday night at Baylor. The game will be televised on ESPNEWS starting at 6 p.m.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 1/7/2019

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January 7th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast with Jim Field.

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Bohannon, No. 25 Iowa beat No. 24 Nebraska 93-84

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January 7th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — In a game that Iowa simply had to have, junior Jordan Bohannon carried the 25th-ranked Hawkeyes with one of the best halves of his career. Bohannon scored 22 of his season-high 25 points in the second half, Tyler Cook had 16 points and Iowa beat No. 24 Nebraska 93-84 on Sunday, snapping a three-game losing streak to open Big Ten play.

Ryan Kriener added 14 points in his first career start for the Hawkeyes (12-3, 1-3). They shot 29 of 32 from the free throw line in holding off the Huskers (11-4, 1-3). Nebraska, which shot 37.8 percent on 3s entering play, was a dismal 4 of 23 beyond the arc. Bohannon, on the other hand, kept hitting 3s that kept the Huskers at bay.

Bohannon’s one-handed banked 3, his first basket of the game, gave Iowa a 44-40 lead at the halftime buzzer. Bohannon drilled another 3 to help slow Nebraska’s momentum and push Iowa’s edge back up to 72-63 — and he did the same after the Huskers got within 72-68. Bohannon’s final 3, with 2:03 left, gave Iowa an 83-75 lead. He finished 5 of 8 on 3s, hit all 10 of his free throws and added five assists.

After missing three games with a sprained ankle, sophomore center Luka Garza checked in with 11:59 in the first half. It was a welcome sight for the Hawkeyes, who’ve desperately missed the big man’s presence in the post. Garza had eight points in 10 minutes. “It gives us another offensive weapon inside. It gives us a post presence defensively,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said.

It’s possible, if not probable, that both teams will drop out of the poll today) Monday after losing to unranked teams this week. UP NEXT: Iowa is at Northwestern on Wednesday night.

Midwest Sports Headlines: Jan. 7, 2019

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January 7th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Jordan Bohannon scored a season-high 25 points, Tyler Cook had 16 and 25th-ranked Iowa beat No. 24 Nebraska 93-84, snapping a three-game losing streak to open Big Ten play. Junior Ryan Kriener finished with 14 points in his first career start for the Hawkeyes (12-3, 1-3).

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Fifth-ranked Kansas will be without center Udoka Azubuike for the remainder of the season after an MRI exam Sunday showed that the 7-footer tore ligaments in his right hand during practice. The 7-footer from Nigeria had been averaging 13.6 points and 6.8 rebounds.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Shizz Alston Jr. scored 22 points, Nate Pierre-Louis added 21 and Temple rallied to beat Wichita State 85-81 in overtime in its American Athletic Conference home debut. Pierre-Louis made the go-ahead layup (78-76) with 2:39 left in overtime and Temple led the rest of the way.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sophie Cunningham scored 20 points and Haley Troup added a career-high 16 points as Missouri edged No. 10 Tennessee 66-64 for its fifth consecutive victory. Tennessee’s Rennia Davis missed a jumper that would have put the Lady Volunteers (12-2, 1-1 SEC) ahead with less than five seconds left and then missed a hurried shot at the buzzer.

Pippen leads Southern Illinois past Northern Iowa 58-51

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January 6th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Kavion Pippen tossed in 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Southern Illinois turned back Northern Iowa 58-51 on Saturday night. Aaron Cook and Marcus Bartley scored 14 and 13, respectively, for the Salukis (9-6, 2-0 Missouri Valley Conference), who got just three points from their bench.

Bartley and Pippen both had eight points to help Southern Illinois post a 26-24 lead at halftime. The Panthers (6-9, 1-1) opened the second half on an 8-0 run, capped by Isaiah Brown’s 3-point play, to grab a 32-26 lead with 17:15 to play. SIU regained the lead, but two AJ Green free throws cut the Panthers’ deficit to 50-49 with 1:54 remaining. Pippen hit four free throws as the Salukis closed out the game on an 8-2 run.

Green finished with 16 points and four assists to pace UNI. Trae Berhow pitched in with 11 points and 11 rebounds for his first career double-double.

Sports Brief: 1/6/2019

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January 6th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Cowboys, Colts advance…Iowa State, New Mexico pull of upsets…Raptors outlast Bucks

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 137 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard burst with 12:28 remaining as the Dallas Cowboys nipped the Seattle Seahawks, 24-22 in Saturday’s NFC wild-card game. Dak Prescott added a huge one-yard TD run just before the two-minute warning to secure the Cowboys’ meeting with the Saints at New Orleans. Prescott had 226 yards passing in helping Dallas end Seattle’s nine-game winning streak in playoff openers.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts are in the AFC divisional round after Andrew Luck threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns for a 21-7 win at Houston in the wild-card game. Luck had 191 passing yards and both TD’s while Indianapolis was building a 21-0 halftime lead. Running back Marlon Mack provided 148 yards and a touchdown for the Colts, who won for the 10th time in 11 games to advance to face the top-seeded Chiefs in Kansas City next Saturday.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Marial Shayok poured in 24 points and unranked Iowa State improved to 12-2 with its fifth straight win, 77-60 over No. 5 Kansas. Freshman Tyrese Haliburton made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the Cyclones, who won with ease despite being outrebounded 41-26. The Jayhawks played without big man Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah ah-zoo-BOO’-kay), who was hit on the right wrist during Friday’s practice and scratched about an hour before tip-off. X-rays were negative.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Anthony Mathis scored 27 points to help New Mexico hammer No. 6 Nevada, 85-58. The Wolf Pack shot just 33.3 percent from the field, committed 14 turnovers and went 16 for 27 at the free-throw line. Vance Jackson had 18 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals for the Lobos, who prevented Nevada from improving to 15-0 for the first time in school history.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard and Pascal Siakam (see-AH’-kam) each scored 30 points in the Toronto Raptors’ 123-116 win against the Bucks in Milwaukee, a matchup of the NBA’s top two teams. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) added 25 points and nine rebounds, while Fred VanVleet had 21 points as Toronto pulled within four percentage points of Milwaukee. The Bucks ended a five-game winning streak despite Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-the-toh-KOON’-poh), who had 43 points and 18 rebounds.

Sears leads Harlan to win over Atlantic in boys hoops

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January 5th, 2019 by Chris Parks

The Harlan Cyclones built an early lead and never let go in a 66-54 win over the Atlantic Trojans on Saturday night in boys hoops. The Cyclones worked to a 7 point lead by the end of the first quarter and stretched the advantage to 15 by halftime. The Trojans increased the defensive pressure in the final period and held the Cyclones scoreless for over 4 minutes. During that stretch Skyler Handlos hit back to back threes to make it a 49-42 game but Atlantic wouldn’t get any closer.

Harlan got a big night from Brett Sears who ripped off 14 first half points and sealed the game at the free throw line with 11 points from the stripe in the fourth quarter. He would finish with 31 points to lead all scorers.

After the game Atlantic Head Coach Jeff Ebling said the Trojans didn’t do enough to get the offense working against the press.

Coach Ebling said he challenged the team to increase the defensive pressure in the second half and he liked their effort to try to fight back in.

Harlan improved to 5-4 with the win and will next travel to Kuemper Catholic on Tuesday.

Atlantic was led by 19 points from Tyler Moen who had a nice game slashing to open spaces in the zone and hitting some tough jump shots. The Trojans fall to 4-6 on the season and will travel to Glenwood for a girl/boy doubleheader on Tuesday night that we’ll have on KJAN.

High School Basketball Scoreboard 1/5/2019

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January 5th, 2019 by Chris Parks

BOYS BASKETBALL

Harlan 66, Atlantic 54
Ankeny Christian Academy 62, St. Albert, Council Bluffs 57
Creston 60, Red Oak 26
Exira-EHK 77, ACGC 38
Indianola 65, Lewis Central 63
Nodaway Valley 63, Clarke, Osceola 54
OABCIG 65, IKM-Manning 59
Riverside 61, Heartland Christian 48
Urbandale 73, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 53

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Harlan 48, Atlantic 34
ADM 46, Earlham 31

AHSTW 77, Essex 26
Creston 56, Red Oak 54
Exira-EHK 63, ACGC 52
IKM-Manning 72, OA-BCIG 51
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 55, East Sac County 46
Lewis Central 47, Indianola 29
Nodaway Valley 79, Clarke, Osceola 60
Urbandale 71, Council Bluffs, Thomas Jefferson 44