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Illinois State holds off Northern Iowa 65-61

Sports

December 30th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Jackie Carmichael had 19 points and 10 rebounds as Illinois State withstood Northern Iowa’s late 12-0 run and prevailed 65-61 in a Missouri Valley opener Thursday night. Jon Ekey also had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Redbirds (9-3), who won their fourth straight. Nic Moore added 13 points and Anthony Cousin 11. Anthony James led the Panthers (10-3) with 21 points but shot only 9 of 25. Chip Rank added 11 for Northern Iowa, which has lost two in a row. Carmichael and Ekey scored six points apiece as Illinois State opened the second half with a 12-2 run for a 40-30 edge with 14:35 to go. Moore’s 3-pointer pushed the lead to 59-46 with 5:57 left.  Northern Iowa came back furiously, running off 12 straight points to get within 59-58 with 1:56 left. But Cousin hit six straight free throws to help seal it.

Sooners and Hawkeyes faces off in Insight Bowl

Sports

December 29th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A season of expectations didn’t turn out quite the way Oklahoma planned. The Sooners opened the season No. 1 and had hopes of winning a second national title under coach Bob Stoops. Those aspirations fizzled with two losses in the final three games, dropping Oklahoma (9-3) into Friday night’s Insight Bowl against Iowa. Disappointed to miss out on a BCS bowl, the Sooners still would like to end the season strong in what could be the final game for quarterback Landry Jones, who’s weighing whether to leave for the NFL next season. Iowa (7-5) will be without leading rusher Marcus Coker due to a suspension but doesn’t figure to be a walkover after knocking off Missouri in last year’s Insight Bowl.

Pinstripe Bowl Preview Capsule

Sports

December 29th, 2011 by Jim Field

Iowa State (6-6) vs. Rutgers (8-4), 3:20 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Rutgers by 2.

Series record: First meeting.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The Cyclones try to finish with a winning record, and the fourth bowl victory in program history. The first three have all come since 2000. Coach Paul Rhoads just signed a new 10-year contract extension and another victory would keep the mood positive heading into the offseason. Rutgers is trying to reach nine victories for the third time since coach Greg Schiano took over in 2001 and win its fifth straight bowl. The Scarlet Knights had made five straight postseason appearances before going 4-8 last year.

KEY MATCHUP

Rutgers defensive front seven vs. Iowa State’s offensive line. Scarlet Knights are quick and relatively light up front. Tackles Justin Francis and Scott Vallone are their biggest linemen at 275 pounds each. But Rutgers likes to blitz and ranked 17th in the nation in sacks (2.67 per game) and 16th in tackles for loss (7.25 per game). Anchored by All-Big 12 LT Kelechi Osemele, who checks in at 6-foot-6 and 347 pounds, the Cyclones’ line is one of the biggest Rutgers has faced this season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Iowa State: QB Jared Barnett. The redshirt freshman took over as the starter midway through the season. He ran for 435 yards and passed for 1,178, and led the Cyclones on a three-game winning streak that included a 37-31 double-overtime upset of Oklahoma State. LB A.J. Klein was co-defensive player of the year in the Big 12.

Rutgers: QBs Chas Dodds and Gary Nova. The job has been shuffled between the junior Dodds and the freshman Nova all season and the starter for the Pinstripe Bowl will be a game-time decision. Despite inconsistent play from the quarterbacks, WR Mohamed Sanu set a Big East record with 109 catches.

FACTS & FIGURES

Rutgers KR Jeremy Deering averages 31.2 yards per kickoff return, second-best in Big East history … Rhoads and Schiano are both former defensive coordinators, and they have matched wits before. Rhoads was defensive coordinators for eight seasons at Pittsburgh before returning to his home state to take over the Cyclones in 2009. … Iowa State ranks 117th in the nation in turnovers committed with 32. Rutgers ranks sixth in the country in takeaways with 31.

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December 29th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Missouri State Upsets No. 21 Creighton 77-65

Sports

December 29th, 2011 by Jim Field

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Kyle Weems scored 25 of his career-high 31 points in the second half, Anthony Downing scored a career-high 26 and Missouri State opened defense of its Missouri Valley Conference title with a 77-65 upset of No. 21 Creighton on Wednesday night.

Downing’s 23-footer as the shot clock ran out with 1:11 left that gave the Bears (asterisk)8-5, 1-0) a six-point lead.

Jarmar Gulley had 12 points for the Bears.

National scoring leader Doug McDermott finished with 19 points for Creighton (10-2, 0-1) but he only made one free throw after his 3-pointer with 10:39 left gave the Bluejays a short-lived 51-50 lead. McDermott had his streak of 20-point games end at 10.

Antoine Young added 13 points and Josh Jones had 11 for Creighton.

Missouri State won for the first time in six road games against ranked teams

Preseason MVC favorite Creighton lost at home as a ranked team for the first time in 19 games since 1975.

DeSoto refuge to reopen but Boyer Chute closed

Ag/Outdoor, News, Sports

December 29th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) — One of the federal wildlife refuges that straddle the Missouri River north of Omaha will reopen next week as planned, but the other will stay closed because of safety concerns. Both DeSoto and Boyer Chute national wildlife refuges sustained flood damage earlier this year. Officials have decided to keep Boyer Chute closed for now.

But DeSoto will reopen Monday because much of the flood damage there has been repaired. But the visitor center will remain closed for more work. Some hiking trails will not be available. DeSoto will be closed for the Jan. 11-Jan. 18 deer hunt, and people will need to use the U.S. Highway 30 entrance to reach the refuge.

Drake impressive in MVC opener, 79-64 over Indiana State

Sports

December 29th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Drake Bulldogs jumped out to an 18-2 lead at the outset and cruised to a 79-64 win over Indiana State in their Missouri Valley Conference opener. It was the Bulldogs 11th straight win at home. Freshman point guard Karl Madison had a career high 24 points and was a perfect nine of nine from the field. With the win, Drake improves to 8-4 overall.

Purdue edges Iowa 79-76 Wednesday night

Sports

December 29th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Defense has been a problem this season for the Iowa Hawkeyes and a lack of it cost them in their Big Ten opener. The Hawks could not get enough stops at crunch time and Purdue escaped Iowa City with a 79-76 win. Robbie Hummel led Purdue with 16 points. Iowa Coach Fran McCafferry says the Hawkeyes need to find a way to defend the dribble drive. Roy Devyn Marble led Iowa with 17 points and Melsahn Basabe added 14 as the Hawks fall to 8-6 overall.

Insight Bowl coaches share strong connection

Sports

December 28th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The banquet before a bowl game can be an awkward time with the coaches of two teams about to play each mingling in the same room. For Oklahoma and Iowa, the Insight Bowl banquet was more like a reunion. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops played at Iowa when Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz was a coach on the staff and two of his assistants also have Iowa ties. Stoops wore Iowa gear to last year’s Insight Bowl while the Sooners were preparing to play in the Fiesta Bowl and says his wife, Carol, has their children yell “Go Hawks!” on Iowa game days. Stoops won’t be wearing the yellow and black Friday night, but his ties to his alma mater will remain strong after the game.

Ex-N. Iowa ticket office manager accused of theft

News, Sports

December 28th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former University of Northern Iowa ticket office manager is charged with theft after a state audit found more than $16,000 in transactions was diverted to his personal accounts. Former ticket office assistant director John Gogola of Cedar Falls was arrested Wednesday after the auditor released a review of ticket office records from August 2008 through August 2010. The review found more than $18,800 in improper transactions. More than $16,000 was diverted to Gogola’s personal credit and debit cards. The audit said Gogola had been authorized to record or reverse transactions in the school’s ticketing system. He resigned last year. The 44-year-old is being held on $50,000 bond. Jail officials and court records have no information about a defense attorney. A home telephone listing for Gogola is disconnected.