Northwestern Wins Pinstripe Bowl

(Photo by Jason Schott)

Northwestern beat Pittsburgh 31-24 in the Pinstripe Bowl on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Pittsburgh got the scoring started early with a 46-yard field goal by Chris Blewitt on the opening drive of the game. Pitt came close to getting another score later in the first quarter, but Northwestern had a goal line stand and halted the Panthers on a 4th-and-1.

The second quarter belonged to Northwestern running back Justin Jackson. He had an 8-yard run for a touchdown 29 seconds into the frame that capped a 10-play, 99-yard drive, and pulled off an acrobatic move for another touchdown at the 3:08 mark to make it 14-3 Northwestern.

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Winter Festival: LIU Brooklyn Stuns St. John’s; Kentucky Beats Hofstra

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At the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival on Sunday afternoon at Barclays Center, LIU Brooklyn stunned St. John’s in a 74-73 upset, and Kentucky rolled past Hofstra, 96-73.

LIU Brooklyn 74, St. John’s 73

LIU Brooklyn edged out St. John’s in a game that was a nail-biter throughout.

St. John’s led by 73-69 as Fedrico Mussini drained a three with 1:34 remaining.

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College Football Hall Of Fame Induction

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The National Football Foundation held their College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Tuesday night at the Waldorf.

The members of the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class are: Marlin Briscoe (Nebraska Omaha), Derrick Brooks (Florida State), Tom Cousineau (Ohio State), Randall Cunningham (UNLV), Troy Davis (Iowa State), William Fuller (North Carolina), Bert Jones (LSU), Tim Krumrie (Wisconsin), Pat McInally (Harvard), Herb Orvis (Colorado), Bill Royce (Ashland [Ohio]), Mike Utley (Washington State), Scott Woerner (Georgia), Rod Woodson (Purdue, represented by his son, Demitrius) and coaches Bill Bowes (New Hampshire) and Frank Girardi (Lycoming [Pa.]).

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Jimmy V Classic: Duke, Purdue Win At The Garden

(Duke taking on Florida at the Jimmy V Classic – Photo by Jason Schott)

At the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, Duke beat Florida 84-74, while Purdue opened the night with a dominant 97-64 win over Arizona State.

Purdue 97, Arizona State 64

Purdue controlled this one from the start, as they went on a 15-0 run to take a 35-12 lead with 4:54 left in the first half and led 47-21 at the half.

In the first half, Purdue shot 58 percent, or 19-33, from the field, while Arizona State shot 10-for-30.

The second half was more of the same, and at one point, Purdue led by 42 points, 88-46, on a Ryan Cline three-pointer with 4:05 left.

Purdue had six players in double figures, with Isaac Haas and Vincent Edwards leading the way with 16 points apiece, Ryan Cline had 15, Basil Smotherman had 13, and Carsen Edwards and Dakota Mathias each had 12 points.

Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter said of the win, “I think things definitely went in our favor, especially shooting the basketball. Anytime you have a dilemma as a coach and you’re going to double or do something differently, where we’ve gotten into trouble is where we force things. At the start of the game, I thought we had some unforced errors and then we settled down after the first four minutes. You have to be simple when people double team. You just have to pass the basketball, you can’t try and go through it. I thought right as we started moving the basketball and got into a rhythm, our guys played maybe the best half outside of that first four minutes.”

Arizona State Head Coach Bobby Hurley said of the game, “Purdue’s a really good basketball team – really good toughness, really good balance, inside game. They made quite a bit of shots behind the line. (I) thought that we competed for about eight minutes out of forty; that’s just not enough at this level. First eight minutes, I thought we were solid – we weren’t making shots, but we were competing hard. We got some turnovers and were in the game. So much of our identity is based on shot making, and we go 4-26 – we’re going to have nights like that. It definitely affected how we defended and how we continued to compete throughout the game. That was really disturbing – how we competed. It’s not a reflection of my personality or the teams I’ve coached in the past, so we have to make some changes. We had a nice win against UNLV and defended and played pretty hard, but, tonight we just didn’t do that. Probably outside of Maurice O’Field taking two charges for us and Kodi Justice I thought competed well, defended, gave good effort. Otherwise, no one brought much to the table tonight.”

Hurley continued about his team’s play, “For a city that’s a blue-collar city and an arena that has so much tradition and so many good payers that have played on this court – to look like that it was embarrassing. And then the cause, such a great cause that we’re playing for tonight. Did my players play as hard as the people that are going through what they go through in cancer, as families go through their personal situations? I don’t think so.”

Duke 84, Florida 74

Unlike the first game, this one was highly competitive from the start, with Florida leading 28-26 on a Kevaughn Allen three-pointer with 5:19 left in the first half.

Duke responded with a 13-1 run over the next four minutes capped by an Amile Jefferson tip-in at the 1:00 mark, and they led 41-31 at the half.

Jefferson put up 18 points on 8-10 shooting, with eight rebounds, to lead Duke in the first half. Luke Kennard had 13 points on 6-8 from the field, including a three-pointer, in the first.

Duke kept it going in the second half, as they maintained a 10-point edge, and a Jayson Tatum layup made it 66-54 at the 7:19 mark.

Florida made a little run, as they got it to within seven, 78-71, on a Justin Leon three with 2:31 left.

Duke responded, and a Grayson Allen jumper made it 84-72 with 42 seconds remaining.

Kennard scored 16 points in the second half to lead Duke with 29 for the game, on 11-16 from the field, including 5-7 on threes, with three assists and two steals. Jefferson finished with 24 points on 11-16 shooting, and 15 rebounds, including five on the offensive end. Tatum had 22 points off the bench on 7-11 from the field, and eight rebounds.

 

 

NYCFC’s Villa Named MLS MVP

(David Villa celebrating a goal in Houston on September 30th – USA Today Sports)

New York City Football Club’s David Villa has been named Major League Soccer’s 2016 Most Valuable Player.

Villa edged out a pair of Red Bulls, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sacha Kljestan to win the prestigious Landon Donovan MVP Award for the first time.

“I’m very proud to represent NYCFC and to receive this award. It’s a big day for me because this is one of the things I said I wanted to do when I came here two years ago.

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Pitt, Northwestern To Meet In Pinstripe Bowl

(At Yankee Stadium on Tuesday morning were Scott Barnes Pittsburgh Athletic Director, Pat Narduzzi Pittsburgh Head Coach, Jim Phillips – Northwestern Vice President for Athletics & Recreation, Randy Levine – New York Yankees President, Pat Fitzgerald – Northwestern Head Coach, Mark Holtzman – New Era Pinstripe Bowl Executive Director (hidden)Bill Adams New Era Vice President of Special Projects – Photo by Jason Schott)

Pittsburgh, the No. 23-ranked team in the country, and Northwestern University will play in the 2016 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, December 28, with kickoff scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

This matchup has sentimentality for the Yankees, as George Steinbrenner was the head football coach at Northwestern, and Manager Joe Girardi is an alumni of the school.

Pittsburgh is led by head coach Pat Narduzzi and they will be making its ninth consecutive bowl appearance and 33rd all-time. They were the only team in the nation this year to defeat two “Power 5” conference champions, Penn State of the Big Ten and Clemson of the ACC.

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Barclays Center Classic: Maryland Wins It; Richmond 3rd

(Maryland fans went into a frenzy after Melo Trimble hit the game-winning shot late. Photo by Jason Schott)

Maryland won the Barclays Center Classic on Saturday night, as they outlasted Kansas State in a thriller, 69-68, while Richmond came back to beat Boston College 67-54 in the Consolation Game.

Maryland 69, Kansas State 68

Maryland led this highly competitive championship game 35-29 at halftime, and found themselves down a point, 68-67, in the final seconds.

That was when Melo Trimble, who scored 31 points against Richmond Friday night, was ready to answer the call.

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South Carolina Beats Syracuse At Barclays

(South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell draining free throws with 2:15 left in the game – Photo by Jason Schott)

South Carolina upset Syracuse, #18th in the national rankings, 64-50, in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational on Saturday at Barclays Center.

In the first half, South Carolina set the tone with stellar defense, as they held Syracuse to 35 percent shooting (8-23 from the field) and forced them to commit 11 turnovers.

PJ Dozier scored 11 points in the first half, and Sindarius Thornwell had 10,  to lead South Carolina to a 37-26 lead at halftime.

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Barclays Classic: K-State, Maryland Win, Face Off Saturday Night

(The scene at Barclays Center during Boston College-Kansas State – Photo by Jason Schott)

At the Barclays Center Classic on Friday night, Kansas State rolled to an easy win over Boston College, while Maryland beat Richmond in overtime.

Maryland will play Kansas State in the Barclays Center Classic Championship game on Saturday night. The Consolation game between Boston College and Richmond opens the night at 7:00 pm.

Kansas State 72, Boston College 54

This game got off to a very slow start, as each time couldn’t find a rhythm early.

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Notre Dame Wins Legends Classic At Barclays; Colorado Takes 3rd

(Notre Dame’s Matt Farrell after getting a rebound in the final seconds to seal their win over Northwestern – Photo by Jason Schott)

Notre Dame outlasted Northwestern to win the Legends Classic on Tuesday night at Barclays Center, while Colorado took third place by beating Texas in the Consolation Game.

Notre Dame 70, Northwestern 66

This championship game started out evenly as Northwestern got out to a 14-12 lead in the opening minutes, but Notre Dame responded with an 11-0 run capped by a V.J. Beachem three-pointer to make it 23-14 at the 9:24 mark of the first half.

Notre Dame kept up the momentum and went up 11 points, 32-21, on a Bonzie Colson free throw at the 6:11 mark.

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