Rushville Republican

January 14, 2014

Sports Briefs

Rushville Republican

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

Swim: Rushville at Centerville, 5 p.m.

Hittle selected to Region 10 all-stars

RCHS senior Garrett Hittle was selected to the Region 10 football all-stars as an “at-large candidate.” Although playing at Class 3A Rushville, Hittle was up against Class 5A and 6A programs such as Columbus North, Columbus East, Jeffersonville and New Albany. With this selection, Hittle will go through another process to try and make the Indiana North/South All-Star team.

“I must say, Garrett is very deserving of this honor after having a good career at Rushville and the coaches from the conference schools felt the same way,” RCHS head football coach Scott McMurray said.

Purdue takes down Nebraska 70-64

WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) — Purdue still has some work to do, but the Boilermaker’s win over Nebraska was a start in the right direction.

Things didn’t come together for the Boilermakers until late in the game. Ronnie Johnson scored two free throws with 5:45 remaining to give Purdue the lead and the Boilermakers held on for a 70-64 win over the Cornhuskers on Sunday.

“I always talk about as a player and as a team, it’s effort and results,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “I didn’t like the results until the end. I thought we played our best basketball at the end of the game.”

Johnson’s go ahead free throws sparked a 7-0 run and the Boilermakers (11-5, 1-2 Big Ten) never looked back.

A.J. Hammons, who led Purdue with 18 points, scored and Sterling Carter made a lay-up, before Johnson split from the line to give the Boilers a 64-58 lead with 2:17 left to play.

Hammons put the game out of reach by making two free throws with 42 seconds remaining.

Indiana keeps Penn State winless in Big Ten, 79-76

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Noah Vonleh scored a career-high 19 points, Yogi Ferrell added 15 and Indiana held off Penn State 79-76 on Saturday.

The Hoosiers (11-5, 1-2 Big Ten) trailed by as many as 15 early before rallying by the reeling Nittany Lions (9-8, 0-4) in the second half. Indiana took the lead for good on a 3-pointer from the corner by Austin Etherington with 1:22 left and made six straight free throws to avoid its first worst start in conference play in three years.

DJ Newbill tied a career-high with 24 points for Penn State, but his 3-point heave with 3 seconds left hit the back of the rim as the Nittany Lions lost their sixth straight conference game.

Ross Travis chipped in 13 points but leading scorer Tim Frazier was limited to 10 points and fouled out as Penn State’s beleaguered basketball program couldn’t provide another emotional boost on the same day the football program lured James Franklin away from Vanderbilt to succeed Bill O’Brien.

In front of a crowd well short of capacity, there was no sign or mention during the game of Franklin, who was to be introduced later in the day. But Penn State coach Pat Chambers — in the third season of his own rebuilding effort with the basketball program — opened his postgame press conference by wishing Franklin the “best of luck.”

Indiana took its first lead on a 3-pointer by Will Sheehey just over 3 minutes into the second half and the Hoosiers appeared to be ready to pull away when a Troy Williams dunk put Indiana up 59-53 with 13:18 to play. Making matters worse for the Nittany Lions, Frazier walked to the bench 17 seconds later after picking up his fourth foul.