February 21, 2014

Sports briefs, Feb. 21


---- — Area swimmers dowell at sectional

WARSAW — Pioneer was the top qualifier among area schools in the IHSAA boys swimming sectional preliminaries Thursday.

The Panthers’ Drew Benesh was the top qualifier with a fifth place finish in the 100 freestyle (:53.19) and sixth in the 50 freestyle. Dylan Bice came in fifth in the 100 backstroke (:59.54) and seventh in the 500 freestyle (:11.55.32). Benesh and Bice teamed up with Carter Ulrich and Tyler Shaw to place fifth in the 200 medley relay and fifth in the 400 freestyle relay (3:48.38).

Logansport’s Dustin Clements was the top Berry, qualifying in four events. Clements placed fourth in the 50 freestyle (:23.42) and fourth in the 100 backstroke (:58.95).

Phil Stephenson, Marcus Record and Zane Desnborn teamed up with Clements for a fourth place (1:41.26) finish in the 200 freestyle relay and seventh place (1:53.14) finish in the 200 medley relay.

Cass’ Jonah Martin came in sixth (:55.32) in the 100 freestyle. Martin was joined by Garrott Klinkhamer, Andrew White and Derek Sullivan for a seventh place finish (1:44.31) in the 200 freestyle relay, and Caleb Young was joined by Dakota Krug, Derek Sullivan and Martin for a seventh place (3:59.81) finish in 400 freestyle relay.

No. 13 Michigan State beats Purdue 94-79

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue did everything it could to hang with No. 13 Michigan State. It didn’t matter what the Boilermakers did, the Spartans were just too much.

“We were trying to stay with them and we obviously weren’t,” coach Matt Painter said after Purdue’s 94-79 loss Thursday night. “We played them on the wrong day. I wish we would have played them last Sunday.”

The Boilermakers went into the game still on a high from last weekend’s 82-64 win over Indiana. The Spartans spoiled it with a school-record 17 3-pointers and it was a rough start of three games in six days for Purdue.

Kendall Stephens scored 19 points and Ronnie Johnson added 17 for the Boilermakers (15-11, 5-8 Big Ten), who have lost two of three.

Gary Harris had 25 points, Adreian Payne added 23, and the two combined to make 10 3-pointers for the Spartans (22-5, 11-3), who made 13 3s in the first half.

“It was impressive,” Painter said. “I think they showed their ceiling offensively.”

Pacers trade Grangerto 76ers for Turner

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers pulled off one more bold move before Thursday’s trading deadline.

Less than three weeks after signing Andrew Bynum, Indiana sent Danny Granger and a 2015 second-round draft pick to Philadelphia in exchange for former first-round pick Evan Turner and forward Lavoy Allen.

The teams confirmed the deal late Thursday after the NBA’s league office approved it. The draft pick originally belonged to Golden State.

Yahoo! Sports first reported the trade.

Indiana now adds two young forwards — players who could help them as they attempt to dethrone two-time defending NBA champion Miami and finally win their first NBA title. But they had to give up Granger, a fan favorite who was once considered the face of the franchise.

“We thank Danny for his 8½ seasons with us and we appreciate everything he did for us in his time here,” president of basketball operations Larry Bird said in a statement. “We felt we needed to make this trade to strengthen the core unit and our bench. In Evan and Lavoy, we think we got two really good players that can help us and we look forward to what they can bring.”

Indiana has now picked up three former 76ers this month — Bynum, Turner and Allen — in an effort to add more scoring punch for their expected playoff showdown with Miami. The Pacers already have the best record in the East (41-13) and lead the Heat by two games in the chase for home-court advantage.