---- — DePaul's Penny honored by Big East
CHICAGO – DePaul senior forward Jasmine Penny was named to the Big East Conference Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll it was announced on Monday by the league office. The senior, who was named the conference’s Player of the Week last week, has been named to the honor roll four times this season.
Penny’s accolade came after the senior eclipsed the 25-point mark in both of DePaul’s games last week. In the Blue Demons win over Xavier, Penny poured in 27 points which came on 11-of-14 shooting. She also added a season-high three blocks against the Musketeers.
At Creighton, Penny paced the Blue Demons with 26 points, while she added six rebounds, and an assist and steal.
Heading into DePaul’s games with Providence and St. John’s, Penny leads the Big East with 26.5 points per game in league action. For the season, the Logansport native leads the Blue Demons with 16.4 points and has scored at least 20 points in her last three games.
Arkansas State tops BSU in bowl
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Allen Muse caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Fredi Knighten with 32 seconds remaining to lift Arkansas State past Ball State 23-20 at the GoDaddy Bowl on Sunday night.
Ball State had a chance to tie at the end of regulation, but Scott Secor's 38-yard field goal attempt was blocked as time expired.
Arkansas State (8-5) won the GoDaddy Bowl for a second straight season, despite losing starting quarterback Adam Kennedy to a knee injury in the second quarter. It was the Red Wolves' third straight trip to Mobile.
Knighten had 115 yards passing and 97 yards rushing. Muse, who considered quitting football following his father's suicide, wound up with the biggest catch of the night just five plays Ball State took a four-point lead that looked as if it could have held up.
Ball State (10-3) went ahead 20-16 with 1:33 remaining on a 1-yard touchdown run by Jahwan Edwards, but couldn't hold the lead. Edwards finished with a game-high 146 yards rushing.
Keith Wenning capped his Ball State career with 215 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception. He's the first Ball State quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season.
Pacers fend off Cleveland's rally
CLEVELAND (AP) — Paul George scored 16 points, Roy Hibbert made a putback and two free throws in the final 1:09 and the Indiana Pacers held off Cleveland's late rally for an 82-78 win over the short-handed Cavaliers on Sunday night.
The Pacers led by 16 in the fourth before Dion Waiters brought Cleveland back by scoring 12 points in a 16-1 run that got the Cavs within 75-74 with 3:35 left. Hibbert's free throw with 7.9 seconds left put the Pacers up 81-78, and Indiana got the ball back when Cleveland's Earl Clark stepped out on an inbounds pass 1 second later.
David West made one free throw with 5.4 seconds left, and the Pacers escaped with their seventh win in eight games. At 27-6, Indiana has the NBA's best record.