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Simons leads Drake over Southern Illinois 78-63


February 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Ben Simons returned from a five-game absence to score 14 points, leading Drake to a 78-63 victory over Southern Illinois on Wednesday night. The Bulldogs (16-13, 9-8 Missouri Valley) had lost three of their last five games without Simons, the team’s leading scorer, who was sidelined with mononucleosis. Rayvonte Rice led Drake with 19 points. Mamadou Seck scored 20 points and Jeff Early 18 for the Salukis (8-21, 5-12). Forward Dantiel Daniels, one of the MVC’s top freshmen, left the game midway through the first half with a knee injury and did not return. Drake moved into a tie for third in the MVC standings with Missouri State, which lost to Indiana State on Wednesday. However, the Bears hold the tiebreaker due to their season sweep of the Bulldogs. Southern Illinois, which is locked into the No. 9 seed in next week’s MVC tournament, set a school record for losses in a season.

Iowa State pulls away to beat Texas Tech 72-54


February 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Scott Christopherson and Melvin Ejim each scored 17 points and Iowa State pulled away for a 72-54 victory over Texas Tech on Wednesday night, reaching 20 wins for the first time in eight years. Royce White had 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Cyclones (20-8, 10-5 Big 12), who also earned 10 wins in the Big 12 for the first time since 2001. Iowa State struggled at times against the Big 12’s worst team, though. The Cyclones trailed by four at halftime, let the Red Raiders shoot nearly 46 percent and didn’t push their lead into double digits until just over 6 minutes were left. Jaye Crockett had 17 points for the Red Raiders (8-19, 1-14), who remain winless on the road in the Big 12.

8AM Sportscast 02-22-2012

Podcasts, Sports

February 22nd, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field

Tuesday Girls 3-A/4-A Regional Finals


February 22nd, 2012 by Jim Field

Class 3-A Region 2 Regional Final
Bishop Heelan Catholic 66, Denison-Schleswig 61

Class 3-A Region 8 Regional Final
Glenwood 71, Winterset 46

Class 4-A Region 8 Regional Final
Ankeny 57, Lewis Central 39

Cyclones Grind Out Win Over Missouri In Overtime


February 22nd, 2012 by Jim Field

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State struggled from the field and at the line but prevailed in overtime against a gritty Missouri squad Tuesday for a 66-59 victory in Hilton Coliseum. The win moves the Cyclones to 8-7 in the Big 12 Conference, 17-9 overall. Missouri falls to 1-14 in the Big 12 and 11-15 overall.

The Cyclones got a huge three-pointer from Hallie Christofferson with 2:32 to go in overtime and held Missouri without a basket in the extra period until the game’s final second.

Poppens led the Cyclones with 25 points and 16 rebounds in 33 minutes of action for her 13th double-double of the season. Poppens attempted a school-record 24 free throws, connecting on 15 of them. The Cyclones might have put the game out of reach earlier, but were inconsistent at the free-throw line, hitting on 25-39 attempts. Christofferson had 13 points and six rebounds. Christine Flores led Missouri with 16 points. Iowa State trailed for nearly 37 minutes of the game, taking a 56-54 lead on a pair of Chassidy Cole free throws with 45 seconds left in regulation. Missouri’s Sydney Crafton hit a three  with 3.4 seconds left in the second half that forced overtime.

By the extra session the Tigers were without three players who fouled out and ISU built a small cushion to claim a key victory in its pursuit of an NCAA Tournament berth. The win was the Cyclones sixth in their last seven league games.

Missouri, which had won its first league game at Kansas Saturday, was hitting its shots early while Iowa State was not. Over the first nine minutes of the first half the Cyclones hit on just 2-12 (.167) field goal attempts and were 1-for-7 (.143) on its shots beyond the three-point arc.  The Cyclones’ only first-half  lead was 3-2 on a Christofferson three-pointer in the game’s first 90 seconds. Missouri outshot Iowa State in the first half hitting on 6-of-13 three-point attempts.  The Cyclones hit on just  4-of-16 three-point attempts. Iowa State hit on just 7-of30 shots (.233).

The Tigers led by 11, at 31-20 with 45 seconds left in the first half. Anna Prins hit on a three just before halftime to make it 31-23 at the break. With Poppens playing just 10 minutes of the first stanza because of foul trouble, Missouri outscored Iowa State in the paint, 10-6 in the first half.

Iowa State plays at Oklahoma State Saturday at 7 p.m.

HSBB: Boys 1A District Semifinal: Adair-Casey at Exira-EHK 02-21-2012

Podcasts, Sports

February 22nd, 2012 by Chris Parks

Jim Field and Chris Parks have the call of the game played Tuesday, February 21st at Exira-EHK High School in Elk Horn.

Hunters killed fewer deer in Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

February 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hunters in Iowa killed about 4.5 percent fewer deer during the recent hunting seasons. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says hunters killed about 121,400 deer during the 2011-2012 seasons. Officials say Iowa’s deer population has been reduced by about 30 percent from its peak in 2006. Spokesman Dale Garner says deer numbers in many areas are near or below the DNR’s objective. The department will review the harvest and population surveys this spring and make proposals to reduce the kill and stabilize deer where the numbers are at or below the goal. The agency says in areas were numbers haven’t reached the goal, hunters will have the option to kill extra does. Many of these areas are near cities and towns where hunting is restricted.

UNI hosts Bradley tonight, in home finale


February 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The UNI Panthers will look to avenge one of their toughest losses of the season tonight (Wednesday), as they host Bradley in their final regular season game at the McLeod Center. UNI let a 16 point second half lead slip away in their first meeting with the Braves, a 78-67 loss back on January 15. A big part of the Bradley comeback that night was their switch to a zone defense, something that UNI coach Ben Jacobson says the Panthers have seen a lot of since that game. Jacobson says that with six weeks between meetings, you can expect both teams to be playing a little differently, and playing a little better than they were in mid-January. The Panthers have just one senior this year, and Jacobson is encouraging Panther fans to come out to honor Johnny Moran as he plays his final game at the McLeod Center. UNI’s ticket office is offering four packs of tickets to tonight’s game for thirteen dollars, since Moran wears number thirteen. Bradley coach Geno Ford expects the Panthers to be highly motivated after losing the first meeting.

(Radio Iowa)

Men’s College Basketball tonight: ISU vs. Texas Tech


February 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Iowa State goes for its first 20-win season in eight years when it hosts woeful Texas Tech  tonight (Wednesday). The Red Raiders are just 1-13 in the Big 12. The Cyclones haven’t won 20 games in the regular season since 2000-01. The Red Raiders are 1-9 on the road under first-year coach Billy Gillispie.Tip Time at Hilton Coliseum is at 8-p.m. On The Air: ESPNU/ESPN3

Probable Starters:

Iowa State Cyclones: G-Scott Christopherson: 11.3 ppg., 3 rpg.; G-Chris Allen: 12.5 ppg., 2.4 rpg.; G-Chris Babb: 8.7 ppg., 4.3 rpg.; F-Royce White: 12.9 ppg., 9.1 rpg.; F-Melvin Ejim: 9 ppg., 6.7 rpg.

Texas Tech Red Raiders: G-Ty Nurse: 8.7 ppg., 1.7 rpg. G-Javarez Millis: 8.3 ppg., 2.5 rpg. G-Luke Adams: 3.9 ppg., 1 rpg.; F-Jordan Tolbert: 11.4 ppg., 5.8 rpg.; C-Robert Lewandowski, 7 ppg., 3.8 rpg.

Tuesday Boys High School Basketball Results


February 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

1-A District 1 Semifinal
St. Albert 59, East Mills 49
Treynor 54, Fremont-Mills 45

1-A District 15 Semifinal
Nodaway Valley 72, Mount Ayr 55
Murray 57, Lamoni 52

1-A District 16 Semifinal
CAM 54, Corning 53
Exira-EHK 47, Adair-Casey 36

1-A District 2 Semifinal
Boyer Valley 42, Logan-Magnolia 39
West Monona 58, Ar-We-Va 43

1-A District 6 Semifinal
East Greene 56, Ankeny Christian Academy 49
Guthrie Center 54, Coon Rapids-Bayard 48

2-A District 1 Championship
Clarinda 65, Underwood 41

2-A District 2 Championship
Kuemper Catholic 67 East Sac County 59

2-A District 16 Championship
Des Moines Christian 76, Panorama 46