January 20, 2014

Sports briefs, Jan. 20


---- — Champion scores 24 in Le Moyne’s victory

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Logansport High School product Nate Champion led the way as Le Moyne College beat Merrimack 73-52 in NCAA D-II men’s basketball action Saturday.

Champion had game-high totals of 24 points and six assists and he also had four rebounds and two steals. He made 8 of 12 shots from the field, including 2 of 3 from 3-land. He made 6 of 7 free-throw attempts.

Le Moyne improved to 9-7 overall and 6-4 in the Northeast-10 Conference.

DePaul women cruise to conference win

CHICAGO — Logansport High School product Jasmine Penny helped DePaul beat Villanova 91-65 in a Big East women’s basketball game Sunday.

Penny finished with nine points and four rebounds in 19 minutes of action. DePaul showed good offensive balance, putting four players in double figures and three more players scored eight or nine.

DePaul (13-5, 4-2 Big East) led 40-26 at halftime, then exploded for 51 points in the second half to win going away.

Pioneer swim teams compete in invite

MICHIGANTOWN — Pioneer’s swimming and diving teams competed in Clinton Central’s invitational on Saturday. On the boys side, North Putnam finished first followed by Pioneer, Cascade and the host Bulldogs. On the girls side, Clinton Central was tops followed by Cascade, Pioneer and North Putnam.

Pioneer had several winning performances on the boys side. Dylan Bice won the 100 backstroke in a meet-record time of 57.65 seconds and he also won the 500 freestyle. Drew Benesh won the 100 butterfly and the 50 freestyle. Carter Ulrich won the 100 breaststroke. In addition, Bice Ulrich, Benesh and Tyler Shaw teamed to win the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.

Also for the Panther boys, Shaw was runner-up in the 100 free and the third-place finisher in the 50 free and Spencer Ulrich was third in the 100 breaststroke.

On the girls side, Kaity Cover was the runner-up in the 200 individual medley and also in the 100 free. Joanna Marshall was runner-up in the 100 breaststroke, Gabby Harvey was second in the 500 free and the 200 medley relay team of Emma Groff, Marshall, Cover and Kayla Miller also took a runner-up finish.

The Panther girls had third-place finishes from Harvey (200 free), Groff (100 backstroke), Kelsey Hill (1-meter diving), Emily Nice (500 free) and their 200 free and 400 free relay teams.

OKC’s Durant adds to his scoring spree

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 30 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Sacramento Kings 108-93 on Sunday night.

Durant, coming off a career-high 54-point game on Friday against Golden State, shot 10 for 15 from the field and had nine assists. He scored at least 30 points for the seventh straight game.

Serge Ibaka added 20 points and Reggie Jackson had 16 for the Thunder, who won their third straight.

Isaiah Thomas scored a career-high 38 points for the Kings, but he slowed down in the second half as the Thunder pulled away. DeMarcus Cousins added 16 points and 14 rebounds for Sacramento.

Oklahoma City improved to 8-5 without All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook, who is out after having surgery on his right knee.