Hawaii Sports

Toeaina, UH get by HPU

The Maui News

Sarah Toeaina scored 15 points, shooting 60 percent from the field, to lead the University of Hawaii women’s basketball team to a 65-54 win over Division II Hawaii Pacific on Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

Toeaina was 6-for-10 from the field and also had six rebounds. Julissa Tago and Tia Kanoa each scored 10 points for the Rainbow Wahine (7-6).

The Sharks (8-3) got 14 points from Samantha Lambrigtsen. Gabriella Fotu finished with 11.

Hawaii will begin its Big West schedule Thursday with a game at Cal State Fullerton.

National Sports

Hornibrook’s 4 TDs carry Badgers over Miami, 34-24 in Orange Bowl

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Alex Hornibrook threw four touchdown passes, three of them to Danny Davis, and No. 6 Wisconsin capped off the winningest season in school history by topping No. 11 Miami 34-24 in the Orange Bowl on Saturday night.
Jonathan Taylor capped his record-setting freshman season with 130 rushing yards on 26 carries for the Badgers (13-1), who rallied from an early 14-3 deficit. Taylor finished the year with an FBS-freshman-record 1,977 yards.
A.J. Taylor also had a scoring catch for Wisconsin — one where he mimicked ripping Miami’s “Turnover Chain” off the neck of teammate Kendric Pryor.
The Badgers dominated time of possession, holding the ball for nearly 40 minutes. Hornibrook completed 23 of 34 passes for 258 yards, going 20 for 25 in the final three quarters.
Travis Homer and Deejay Dallas had rushing scores for Miami (10-3), which was in the Orange Bowl for the 10th time and lost on its home field for the first time in 2017. Lawrence Cager had a touchdown catch for the Hurricanes, while quarterback Malik Rosier was 11 for 26 passing for 203 yards — with three interceptions.
The Hurricanes had a chance to get within a touchdown midway through the fourth, but Michael Badgley’s chip-shot field goal went off the right upright. By the time Miami got the ball back, most of their fans were gone and only 1:37 remained. Rosier was picked off for the third time 18 seconds later, and the Badgers ran out the clock.
The Big Ten is 7-0 in bowls this season.
Homer went in from 5 yards out to give Miami the early lead, and Dallas’ 39-yard scamper for a score out of the wildcat formation pushed the Hurricanes’ edge to 14-3 late in the first quarter.
Miami was rolling.
It was temporary.
Rosier’s pass was intercepted by Wisconsin’s Andrew Van Ginkel on the first play of the second quarter, and the game quickly changed. Hornibrook threw touchdown passes on three consecutive possessions — two to Davis, one to A.J. Taylor — and the Badgers held the ball for more than 11 minutes in that quarter alone on the way to taking a 24-14 lead into the half.
Miami coach Mark Richt was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct just before the third of those scores, after losing his cool while arguing with officials about what replays showed was a missed holding call that would have pushed Wisconsin back. He grabbed at head linesman Gus Morris — part of the SEC crew on the game — while pleading his case, as Miami security personnel unsuccessfully tried to keep him calm.
The Hurricanes got within three points twice in the second half, the first coming when Rosier bought some time and lobbed the ball to a wide-open Cager for a 38-yard score. Rosier tried to connect with Cager again later in the third, but got intercepted again on a play where the Hurricanes thought Cager got held as he neared the end zone.
Hornibrook and Davis connected on a scoring play for the third time with 7:44 left, and the Badgers weren’t threatened again.
Wisconsin: Hornibrook became just the third Badgers quarterback in the last 15 years to have multiple games with at least four touchdown passes in the same season. Scott Tolzien had a pair of four-TD games in 2009, and Jim Sorgi had games of four and five TDs in consecutive weeks back in 2003.

Iowa Sports

Cyclones win Liberty Bowl

AP Sports Writer
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Iowa State proved its season-long bid to raise its standards was more than just a slogan.
Allen Lazard tied a Liberty Bowl record with 10 catches and put Iowa State ahead with a remarkable 5-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter Saturday, and the Cyclones beat No. 19 Memphis 21-20 on the Tigers’ home field.
The victory gave Iowa State (8-5) its first bowl victory since a 2009 Insight Bowl triumph and marked the Cyclones’ third win over a Top 25 team this season. That’s the step forward Iowa State had in mind when it made “Raise The Standard” its team motto.
“The thing that finally resonates in our program is that this can happen, not only with our players but the people outside of our program, that success and winning football games at Ames, Iowa, can really happen,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said.
Iowa State’s progress was evident in the way it held on to win after its only lost fumble of the season. Iowa State was attempting to become the first Football Bowl Subdivision team to go an entire season without losing a fumble.
The Cyclones led 21-20 and had third-and-goal from the 1 when David Montgomery fumbled as he was crossing the goal line. As replay officials reviewed the play, Campbell told his players he hoped the call wasn’t overturned because it would enable the Cyclones to show how they’d matured since a heartbreaking 20-19 loss to Kansas State in their regular-season finale.
“Coach was out there preaching to us in the defensive huddle this is what we wanted, to show people that we’d learned from what we’d been through,” Iowa State linebacker Joel Lanning said.
Memphis (10-3) drove to the Iowa State 40 but lost the ball when Riley Ferguson overthrew Phil Mayhue on fourth-and-10 with 1:52 remaining. Iowa State ran out the clock from there.
“It was kind of hard getting the ball out, but at the same time, I’ve got to find a way to make a play,” said Ferguson, who went 21 of 33 for 286 yards and two touchdowns but was sacked six times. “There on the last play, I’ve got to find a way to make that throw to Phil, no matter whether I have pressure on my face or not.”
Iowa State pulled ahead 21-17 with 4:28 left in the third quarter when Kyle Kempt’s pass appeared to get deflected just before Lazard caught it in the back of the end zone.
The touchdown came after a roughing-the-passer penalty on Genard Avery wiped out an interception by Memphis’ Curtis Akins and gave the Cyclones first-and-goal.
“I was just playing the play out,” Avery said. “I feel like it was a bad call.”
Lazard had 142 yards receiving in his final college game and was named the Liberty Bowl’s most valuable player. The only other players to catch 10 passes in a Liberty Bowl were Louisville’s Deion Branch in 2000 and Arkansas’ Bobby Joe Edmonds in 1984.
“I just went out there today and gave it my all,” Lazard said. “I kind of tweaked my ankle a little bit, but I only had a certain amount of time and I’d be damned if I (was going to) stand there and watch the offense go to work without me.”
Memphis had the benefit of playing a bowl game on its home field — where it hadn’t lost all season — although enough Iowa State fans traveled to the game to make the sellout crowd of 57,266 a pretty even split.
Lazard’s 10th touchdown catch of the season set an Iowa State record. Memphis’ Anthony Miller had four catches for 55 yards and a touchdown to end the year with 96 catches for 1,462 yards, breaking his own school single-season records in both categories.
During a pregame event, Avery and Miller flipped an Iowa State helmet upside down. Avery told reporters afterward that he wanted to show that Memphis is his team’s city.
Lazard returned the favor Saturday by overturning a Memphis helmet that sat on a table while he collected awards as the Liberty Bowl’s MVP and offensive player of the game.
Iowa State: The Cyclones held the nation’s No. 2 scoring offense to its second-lowest point total of the season despite missing two key players, with defensive back Evrett Edwards ruled ineligible and safety Kamari Cotton-Moya suspended for a violation of team rules. Iowa State’s six sacks tied a Liberty Bowl record. Iowa State benefited from the absence of injured Memphis running back Darrell Henderson, who rushed for 1,154 yards this season.
Memphis: Missed opportunities haunted the Tigers. An ineligible receiver penalty nullified a first-quarter touchdown and led to a missed field-goal attempt. One Iowa State touchdown happened after a Memphis interception was overturned by replay, and the Cyclones’ go-ahead touchdown came after a Memphis interception was nullified by Avery’s roughing-the-passer penalty.
Iowa State will seek to go to back-to-back bowl games, something the Cyclones haven’t done since 2004-05. The Cyclones lose a lot of leadership as they attempt to replace a senior class that includes Lazard and linebacker Joel Lanning, among others.
Memphis must find a way to replace the dynamic tandem of Ferguson and Miller.
Iowa State begins its 2018 schedule by hosting South Dakota State on Sept. 1.
Memphis hosts Mercer on Sept. 1, 2018.
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National Sports

No. 9 Penn State tops No. 12 Washington 35-28 in Fiesta Bowl

By The Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Trace McSorley threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, Saquon Barkley ran for two more scores and No. 9 Penn State outlasted No. 12 Washington 35-28 in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday.
Penn State (11-2), No. 9 in the final College Football Rankings, had its way with Washington’s vaunted defense early, building a 28-7 lead by the second quarter. Washington (10-3) woke up from an offensive slumber with two touchdowns and pulled to 35-28 on Myles Gaskins’ 69-yard run in the fourth quarter.
The Huskies, No. 11 CFP, allowed Penn State to work the clock to under a minute on the next drive and gave up a season-high 545 total yards.
Washington had a shot with a desperation play, but Dante Pettis passed up a chance to step out of bounds to set up another play, and threw a final lateral that was intercepted.
Washington had the nation’s top run defense during the regular season, allowing 92 yards per game, but Barkley matched that on one run in the second quarter. Barkley had 137 of the Nittany Lions’ 203 yards rushing. Penn State also was 13 for 17 on third downs, including touchdown passes by McSorley and three conversions on its final clock-draining drive.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Allen Lazard tied a Liberty Bowl record with 10 catches and put Iowa State ahead with a remarkable 5-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, and the Cyclones beat Memphis on the Tigers’ home field.
Iowa State (8-5) held after losing its first fumble this season just as it appeared on the verge of scoring an insurance touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
The Cyclones led 21-20 and had third-and-goal from the 1 when David Montgomery fumbled as he was crossing the goal line. Jonathan Cook recovered in the end zone for a touchback with 4:06 left.
The call stood after replays were inconclusive as to whether Montgomery had reached the end zone before Memphis’ O’Bryan Goodson knocked the ball loose. Iowa State was attempting to become the first Football Bowl Subdivision team to play an entire season without losing a fumble.
Memphis (10-3) drove to the Iowa State 40 on its next possession but lost the ball on downs when Riley Ferguson overthrew Phil Mayhue on fourth-and-10 with 1:52 remaining.
Iowa State pulled ahead for good on a bizarre play with 4:28 left in the third quarter. On second-and-goal from the 5, Kyle Kempt’s pass appeared to elude Memphis safety Josh Perry’s outstretched arms and get tipped by Iowa State’s Marchie Murdock before Lazard caught it in the back of the end zone.
Lazard had 142 yards receiving.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Freshman Keytaon Thompson, making his first start in place of injured quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns to help Mississippi State beat Louisville and 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson in the TaxSlayer Bowl.
Thompson and Jackson provided many of the highlights — and some lowlights.
Thompson scored twice in the fourth quarter, including a 1-yard plunge with 3:39 remaining that put the Bulldogs (9-4) ahead for good.
Jackson had the Cardinals (8-5) on the move late, but safety Mark McLaurin intercepted his third pass of the game. After a failed fourth-down conversation, Jackson got a final chance in the waning seconds, but his final desperation pass was batted away in the end zone.
Jackson completed 13 of 31 passes for 171 yards, with two touchdowns and four interceptions. He threw just six picks in the regular season. He ran 24 times for 158 yards and a touchdown, breaking the TaxSlayer Bowl record for most rushing yards by a quarterback. Jackson also was sacked six times.
Jackson had the longest run of his career, a 75-yarder late in the second quarter.
Thompson completed 11 of 20 passes for 127 yards. He ran 27 times.

National Sports

Butler’s 3-point barrage defeats No. 1 Villanova 101-93

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — No. 1 Villanova learned a tough lesson Saturday.
The defense needs to improve dramatically if the Wildcats want to be the nation’s best team.
Kelan Martin scored 24 points, Paul Jorgensen added a career-high 23 and Butler made 15 3-pointers in a 101-93 upset over one of college basketball’s last unbeaten teams.
“This is the best offense we’ve played so far and it showed,” coach Jay Wright said. “We’ve really been outscoring teams to this point and we weren’t going to outscore this team tonight.”
Certainly not against a foe that seems to have a master plan for taking down the Wildcats (13-1, 1-1 Big East).
Almost exactly a year after ending another perfect start to knock Villanova out of the top spot, Butler did it again.
This time, Villanova came into the game allowing 65.8 points and 6.6 3s per game with 10 wins by 14 or more points.
Butler’s shooters blew right past those numbers. Martin and Jorgensen each made four 3s, Kamar Baldwin, who flirted with a triple-double, had three and Henry Baddley and Sean McDermott each made two.
When it ended, Butler shot 60 percent from the field including 15 of 22 from beyond the arc, both season-lows for Villanova. And the Bulldogs posted the highest scoring total against Villanova since Creighton’s 101-80 victory on Feb. 16, 2014.
Afterward, students ignored the school’s pleas to delay storming the court until players had left the floor and the Bulldogs talked about the need to do even bigger and better things.
“Villanova is a team that I grew up watching, watching in the Garden,” said Jorgensen, a native of New City, New York. “So to take them down at Hinkle is really amazing. But like Coach said, we don’t want this to be the highlight of our season.”
The Wildcats really didn’t play that poorly.
Jalen Brunson matched his career high with 31 points and Mikal Bridges had 21 to help Villanova storm back from a 23-point deficit to get within six with 1:33 left. But Brunson missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with a chance to make it a four-point game 12 seconds later and the Wildcats couldn’t get any closer.
Butler made seven 3s in the final minutes of the first half to take a 53-45 lead then made all five of their 3s in the second half. When the Wildcats started defending the arc, Butler took advantage with a bevy of layups and dunks, extending the lead to 81-58 with 10:23 left.
“They adjusted to us on the line and started taking away the 3s, so we had to drive to the basket and attack in different ways,” Butler coach LaVall Jordan said. “We made the adjustment and stayed on the attack.”
Villanova countered with full-court pressure and when Butler started throwing the ball away, the Wildcats ran off 14 straight points to make it 84-76 with 5:04 to go.
They just couldn’t quite finish it off.
“We’ve got a lot of room to improve,” Bridges said. “We’re definitely going to get better.”
Villanova: The Wildcats have lost five times over the last two seasons — three times to Butler. They’ll meet again Feb. 10. But explaining those losses — all with Villanova ranked No. 1 or No. 2 and all by eight points — sounds incomprehensible.
Butler: Jordan got his first big win since returning to his alma mater. The win certainly helps the Bulldogs’ tourney resume and the entertaining performance on national television could help with recruiting, too. But Jordan wants to see his team start playing this way consistently.
Villanova: Donte DiVincenzo had 16 points and Eric Paschall had 15. … Omari Spellman had nine rebounds while Brunson added five assists. … The Wildcats only had four turnovers and outscored Butler 52-30 in the paint.
Butler: Baldwin had 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. … The Bulldogs had nine of their 13 turnovers in the last 10 minutes. … They also had a 37-26 rebounding edge. … Butler is 9-0 at home this season.
Jordan wore a special T-shirt over his dress shirt and tie Saturday to remind people about the need to donate bone marrow through Project 44, which honors the late Andrew Smith.
Smith, who played on Butler’s two Final Four teams, died in January 2016 after battling cancer. He was 25. His widow, Samantha, and one of Smith’s former teammates, Chase Stigall, whose donation helped save a young boy, spoke to the crowd during the first media timeout.
“That was a lot of fun,” Jordan said. “Two wins for the Butler family.”
Villanova: The Wildcats get a short break before hosting Marquette next Saturday, ending a 37-day stretch with only one home game.
Butler: Renews its rivalry at No. 6 Xavier on Tuesday.

Hawaii Sports

Batoon hired as new UH DC

The Maui News

Saint Louis School graduate Corey Batoon has been brought on as the University of Hawaii’s defensive coordinator, the school announced Friday.

Batoon spent this season as special teams coordinator and co-defensive coordinator on Lane Kiffin’s staff at Florida Atlantic. The Owls posted an 11-3 record, winning the Conference USA title and defeating Akron in the Boca Raton Bowl.

“We’re excited to announce Corey Batoon as our defensive coordinator,” Rainbow Warriors head coach Nick Rolovich said. “We’ve had conversations about coming back for some time now and the timing is right. He’s an incredibly smart football coach and is regarded as an excellent recruiter. He’s another local boy on our staff who’s come back home and we’re thrilled to have him.”

Prior to his stint at FAU, Batoon spent four years as an assistant at Mississippi and has also had coaching stops at Arkansas State, Northern Arizona, Montana, Central Missouri State, Saint Mary’s (Calif.) and Pierce Junior College.

This season, Hawaii (3-9) ranked 114th out of 129 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in total defense, allowing 458.8 yards per game.

Hawaii Sports

Purchase leads UH to victory over Howard

HONOLULU (AP) — Jack Purchase hit six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points — both season bests — to lead five University of Hawaii players in double figures, and the Rainbow Warriors used a big second-half run to beat Howard 84-59 on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Sheriff Drammeh added 17 points, Mike Thomas and Brocke Stepteau scored 13 apiece and Gibson Johnson had 11 points for Hawaii (9-4). The Rainbow Warriors shot 54.9 percent from the field, 56.5 percent from 3-point range and hit 13 3s — all season highs.

Howard went scoreless for nearly 6 1/2 minutes as UH scored 17 consecutive points — including seven by Drammeh — capped by back-to-back 3s by Purchase that made it 61-43 midway through the second half. The Bison, who committed four turnovers and missed nine of 10 field-goal attempts during a nearly 10-minute span, trailed by at least 14 points the rest of the way.

Howard (3-13) shot 56.6 percent, and the Rainbow Warriors 53.8 percent, from the field in the first half, but Hawaii scored 14 points off nine Bison turnovers to take a 38-36 lead into the break.

RJ Cole led Howard with 22 points.

UH next opens Big West Conference play Thursday by hosting Long Beach State.

Iowa Sports

Six Hawks in Midlands semifinals

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois — Seven Hawkeyes advanced to the semifinals following the quarterfinal round of the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships on Friday night at the Sears Centre Arena.
Defending champion Michael Kemerer pinned his fourth straight opponent to advance at 157, and Brandon Sorensen (149) and Sam Stoll (285) both recorded major decisions. Alex Marinelli (165) and Cash Wilcke (197) both won by decision. Those attached wrestlers are still scoring points for the Hawkeyes on the top side of the bracket.
Iowa leads the team race with 91 points. Arizona State (75) and Rutgers (74) are in second and third, respectively.
True freshmen Spencer Lee and Jacob Warner also moved on with victories. Lee scored 12 first-period points before finishing a 15-0 technical fall against Edinboro All-American Sean Russell. Lee is seeded 10th. Warner, the No. 7 seed at 197, scored a takedown in the final second to upset No. 2 Jacob Smith of West Virginia, 3-1.
Warner will meet Wilcke in the 197 semifinals. Warner defeated Wilcke, 4-3, in the wrestle-offs on Nov. 6. Lee will meet Oregon State’s Ronnie Bresser, the No. 3 seed, in the semis.
Marinelli, the No. 2 seed, will meet Rutgers’ third-seeded Richie Lewis in the semis. Marinelli defeated Lewis, 6-4, in sudden victory on Dec. 8.
Stoll, the No. 2 seed, meets Northwestern’s sixth-seeded Conan Jennings. Stoll pinned Jennings in their only previous meeting in January, 2016.
“We’re still wrestling,” said UI head coach Tom Brands. “We have the semis tomorrow morning and we have to get ready. We have to keep building. We have a head-to-head to ‘97. That’s what you want to see. You want to see it in the finals, but they’re seeded on the same side and they’re going to meet. Let the best guy win.”
Iowa lost two 12-seeds on the top side of the bracket. Carter Happel lost 11-3 at 141, and Mitch Bowman fell, 6-1 in the first tiebreak period. Bowman had a takedown as time expired in the first sudden-victory period, but it was waved off after an official review. Paul Glynn, at 133, fell, 6-1, and was bounced to the backside of the bracket.
“We have guys on the back side doing well,” said Brands. “We have four unattached still wrestling, so you look at the present, you’re building for the immediate future — Sorensen and Kemerer leading the charge there — you have the future with Lee. He could be the immediate future. Then you have Murin and Lugo and Warner. There are some good things happening there. But the most important thing is being ready to wrestle tomorrow.”



Iowa Sports

Iowa rolls past NIU

IOWA CITY (AP) — Luka Garza scored 25 points and Iowa cruised past Northern Illinois 98-75 for its fifth straight win.
From the game’s opening tip, Iowa (9-6) controlled the tempo and jumped out to a quick 13-0 lead in the first three minutes thanks in part to Tyler Cook’s aggressive start. The sophomore forward scored nine points, grabbed two rebounds (both offensive), and notched an assist within the contest’s initial moments.
Cook finished with 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
From there, it was all about efficient basketball. Iowa sank 67 percent of its first-half shots and finished the game shooting at 58 percent.
Ball movement helped Hawkeyes find open teammates, as Iowa recorded a season-high 34 assists on 36 baskets. Five players dished out four or more assists, with Jordan Bohannon leading the way with seven.
Iowa’s assist total tied the school record.
Northern Illinois (7-6) only recorded 13 assists and turned the ball over 12 times.
Eugene German scored 20 points in 23 minutes for the Huskies. Justin Thomas added 16 points.
Iowa: From here on out, only Big Ten contests remain. Iowa won its fifth straight to conclude the nonconference season, a run that followed a four-game losing streak.
Northern Illinois: The Huskies now fall just one game above .500 on the season. German’s performance is a bright spot, however. The sophomore guard was on pace with his season average entering Friday’s contest (19.8 points per game) against arguably the best competition Northern Illinois has faced this year.
Iowa faces Michigan on Tuesday in Iowa City.
Northern Illinois hosts Kent State on Tuesday.

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Iowa Sports

Iowa State struggles in Big 12 opener

AP Sports Writer
AMES — Junior Dean Wade poured in a career-high 34 points, Kamau Stokes added 23 and Kansas State opened Big 12 play by pounding Iowa State 91-75 on Friday night for its first win in Ames since 2011.
Barry Brown Jr. had 21 points for the Wildcats (11-2, 1-0 Big 12), who shot 13 of 26 from 3-point range to snap Iowa State’s nine-game winning streak.
After a blistering first half that saw K-State jump ahead 53-50, the Wildcats put away the Cyclones (9-3, 0-1) by tightening up their defense.
Iowa State missed 10 of its first 11 shots in the second half, and Kansas State jumped ahead by 12 on a Xavier Sneed 3.
Wade’s 3, his sixth of the night, made it 75-60 with just fewer than 10 minutes to go. He finished 13-of-16 shooting for the Wildcats, who had dropped their previous four meetings against the Cyclones.
Lindell Wigginton scored 23 points in his Big 12 debut to lead Iowa State, which committed 13 turnovers and shot just 23 percent in the second half after hitting 68 percent of its shots in the opening frame.
Kansas State: Given how brutal the Big 12 figures to be in 2018, opening with a road win — even against rebuilding Iowa State — is big for the Wildcats. And although the 6-foot-10 Wade likely won’t shoot as well as he did on Friday in the future, having a big man that can stretch defenses should continue to open things up for K-State’s talented backcourt.
Iowa State: The Cyclones can’t expect to play defense like they did on Friday night and win much in the Big 12. That’s often an issue for teams relying on as many youngsters as Iowa State is. Three of the Cyclones’ top four scorers were freshmen.
The Cyclones hosts Texas on New Year’s Day.
Kansas State opens its Big 12 home schedule against West Virginia on Jan. 1.
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