Rushville Republican

January 7, 2014

Sports Briefs


Rushville Republican

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Girls basketball: Rushville at Franklin County, 6 p.m. (JV)

Pass, shoot and dribble contest

The 2013 Rushville Breakfast Optimist Pass, Shoot and Dribble Contest will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 at the Rush County Boys and Girls Club. The competition is open to all girls and boys ages 8-13 (divisions of ages 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13). Trophies will be awarded to the top three in each age group. Winners of each age group will have the opportunity to advance to the regional competition in February.

Pacers rally past Pelicans 99-82

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead four Pacers in double figures and Indiana rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit for a 99-82 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.

Lance Stephenson scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting, Danny Granger came off the bench to score 13 and George Hill added 10 for Indiana.

Former Indiana University star Eric Gordon finished with 21 points for the Pelicans after scoring 17 in the first half.

Alexis Ajinca scored 17 points, reserve Tyreke Evans added 12 and Anthony Davis 10 for New Orleans.

New Orleans’ shooting forward Ryan Anderson remained in a Boston hospital after sustaining a cervical stinger when he collided with the Celtics’ Gerald Wallace and fell hard to the floor Friday night.

No. 5 Michigan State beats Indiana 73-56

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Gary Harris scored 26 points and No. 5 Michigan State beat Indiana 73-56 on Saturday.

Harris had 17 points in the first half for the Spartans (13-1, 2-0 Big Ten) and he had a 5-point play midway through the second half.

Indiana (10-5, 0-2) had closed to 50-41 on a 3-pointer by Will Sheehey with 8:54 to play. But Harris hit a 3-pointer on the next possession and was fouled by Stanford Robinson. Robinson was also assessed a technical foul for arguing the call and Harris hit two of the three free throws for a 55-41 lead.

Michigan State turned 13 Indiana turnovers into 20 points.

Branden Dawson added 13 points for the Spartans.

Yogi Ferrell led Indiana with 14 points while Sheehey added 13.

Minnesota holds on to beat Purdue 82-79

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Big Ten experience for Minnesota senior Austin Hollins has been falling behind early in the race and never catching up.

Hollins and the Gophers sidestepped consecutive losses to start conference play by building a big lead and preserving it down the stretch with some good old-fashioned foul shots.

Hollins had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Minnesota went 23 for 27 from the free-throw line to hang on for an 82-79 victory over Purdue on Sunday, the first in the Big Ten for new coach Richard Pitino.

“I know the grind of the Big Ten season, and I know how long it is,” Hollins said. “I know how tough it is. I know what it’s like being in that situation that if you dwell on a loss, it can turn into two losses or three losses. I think the guys did a good job of not letting that get to them and being ready to play.”

Andre Hollins added 17 points and five assists and made 9 of his 11 foul shots for the Gophers (12-3, 1-1), who led by as many as 19 points in the second half before surviving a spirited comeback. The Hollinses combined for only 14 points on 4-for-19 shooting against Michigan on Thursday, including just two points for Austin Hollins.