December 10, 2013

Sports briefs, Dec. 10


---- — DePaul’s Penny earns Big East recognition

The Big East Conference on Monday named Logansport High School product Jasmine Penny to its women’s basketball weekly honor roll. The DePaul senior’s third honor roll accolade of the season comes on the heels of a 93-55 win over Chicago rival Loyola on Saturday.

Penny led the Blue Demons with 19 points which came on 8-of-10 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 shooting from the charity stripe. She added six rebounds, two assists, a block and steal against the Ramblers. Penny played just 21 minutes in the victory.

Seton Hall’s Tabatha Richardson-Smith was named the league’s player of the week and Natalie Butler from Georgetown earned Rookie of the Week honors.

Penny was joined on the honor roll by Daress McClung (Butler), Katie McCormick (Georgetown), Tori Rule (Providence) and Jenna Crittendon (Xavier).

Champion scores 20 in Le Moyne’s victory

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Logansport High School product Nate Champion helped Le Moyne beat Pace 87-79 in two overtimes in an NCAA Division II men’s basketball game on Saturday.

Champion played all 50 minutes and put together a nice line of 20 points, seven assists and three rebounds. He made 6 of 12 shots from the field, including 4 of 10 from 3-land, and he knocked down all four of his free throw attempts.

Le Moyne improved to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference.

Winston tops list of Heisman finalists

NEW YORK (AP) — Jameis Winston will have plenty of company at the Heisman Trophy ceremony — though he’s not expected to have much competition.

The Florida State quarterback was among a record-tying six Heisman finalists revealed Monday, along with Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, Alabama QB AJ McCarron, Auburn running back Tre Mason and Boston College running back Andre Williams.

Six finalists invited to New York for the presentation are the most since 1994. The winner will be announced Saturday night.

Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win the award now that a sexual assault complaint against him in Tallahassee, Fla., has been closed without charges being filed.

He could also become the second freshman to win the award. Manziel was the first just last year. Famous Jameis, like Johnny Football last season, is a redshirt freshman.

Bobcats spoil Curry’s homecoming

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 27 of his 31 points in the second half, and the Charlotte Bobcats ruined Stephen Curry’s homecoming with a wire-to-wire 115-111 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.

Curry overcame a slow start to finish with a season-high 43 points, 32 of them coming in the second half.

Curry, a Charlotte native who burst on the national scene while playing at nearby Davidson College, scored 19 points in the fourth quarter, including a 27-footer with a hand in his face to cut the Bobcats’ lead to 111-109 with 11 seconds left.

But the Warriors (12-10) couldn’t contain Walker, and the point guard hit four free throws in the final 11 seconds to seal the victory.

Gerald Henderson had 24 points and Josh McRoberts had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats (10-11), who won their second straight game.