November 5, 2013

Sports briefs, Nov. 5


---- — Champion scores 30 in Le Moyne’s victory

Logansport product Nate Champion turned in an outstanding performance to lead Le Moyne College to 75-66 victory over Monmouth University in a men’s basketball exhibition game Sunday at West Long Branch, N.J.

Champion scored a career-high 30 points to lead the NCAA Division II Dolphins past the D-I Hawks. The 6-foot-3 senior guard also stuffed the stat sheet with a team-high nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. He played a full 40 minutes.

Champion made 10 of 19 shots from the field including 1 of 6 from 3-land. He knocked down 9 of 10 attempts at the charity stripe.

Le Moyne is picked to finish fourth in the seven-team Southwest Division of the Northeast-10 Conference, as voted on by the conference’s 15 coaches and announced by the conference office on Monday.

The 2013-14 Northeast-10 basketball season will be the first of divisional play. The league tournament will still consist of a 10-team, single-elimination format, with the top five teams from each division qualifying.

New Haven, which advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA East Regional last year, was the top pick in the Southwest Division. Saint Anselm College, which won the Northeast-10 Conference regular-season championship last year, was the top pick in the Northeast Division.

Le Moyne, which went 13-14 last year (10-12 in Northeast-10), opens the regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Seton Hill.

Purdue, Ball State score exhibition wins

Purdue and Ball State posted victories over lower-division opponents in men’s basketball exhibition games Monday night.

Purdue beat D-II school Wayne State of Nebraska 91-58 at Mackey Arena. Errick Peck led the Boilers with a 16-point, six-rebound performance. Rapheal Davis had 13 points, Terone Johnson and Bryson Scott had 10 apiece, Ronnie Johnson had nine points and six assists and Kendall Stephens hit three 3-pointers for nine points. Scott and Stephens are freshmen.

Purdue opens its regular-season schedule Friday against Northern Kentucky.

Ball State rallied from 17 down to beat NAIA school Marian 62-59 at Muncie. Freshman guard Zavier Turner led BSU with 18 points and Majok Majok had a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds. Aaron Evans led Marian with 17 points.

The Cardinals begin their regular season Saturday at Indiana State.

Carter-Williams, Love win NBA awards

Philadelphia rookie Michael Carter-Williams has joined Shaquille O’Neal as the only NBA players to win a Player of the Week award to open a career.

Carter-Williams won the Eastern Conference honor after averaging 20.7 points and 9.0 assists in a surprising 3-0 week that included victories over Miami and Chicago. The No. 11 pick in the draft had nine steals in the 76ers’ season-opening victory over the Heat, the most ever in an NBA debut.

O’Neal won the award in 1992 while playing for Orlando.

Kevin Love won the Western Conference award after leading Minnesota to a 3-0 week and averaging an NBA-best 29.7 points.

Philadelphia and Minnesota saw their hot starts end Monday night. Golden State thumped the 76ers 110-90, and Cleveland beat Minnesota 93-92.

Former Sixer Andre Iguodala made a career-high seven 3-pointers and scored 32 points and Stephen Curry had 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in Golden State’s win.

— The Associated Press