Rushville Republican

January 21, 2014

Sports Briefs


Rushville Republican

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Today

Gymnastics: Rushville at Morristown, 6:30 p.m.

Swimming: Rushville at Mt. Vernon, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday

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

Swimming: Rushville, Scecina at New Palestine, 5:30 p.m.

Lion frosh basketball

The Lion freshman basketball team lost on the road at Mt. Vernon Friday by the final of 23-17. For the Lions, JC Newhouse, Andrew Rice and Nick Sprinkle all had four points.

On Saturday, the Lions traveled to Batesville and fell to the host Bulldogs 45-26. Newhouse led the Lions with nine points. Elijah Miller had eight points. Ethan Duncan, Sprinkle and Rice each had three points.

Indiana stays hot, trips Clippers 106-92

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George put an emphatic 360-degree twist on the Pacers’ latest blowout.

Lob City’s stars just watched in amazement.

George scored 36 points, the last two on a reverse windmill dunk that brought fans to their feet and the Clippers to their knees in Indiana’s 106-92 rout Saturday night.

“It was just instinctive,” George said after helping to end the Clippers’ five-game winning streak. “I wanted to put on a show for the fans.”

The entire season has been a showcase for the Pacers (32-7), who have the NBA’s best record, the league’s best home record at 21-1 and a 3½-game lead in the Eastern Conference over two-time defending champion Miami.

George’s highlight-reel dunks and Lance Stephenson’s increasingly commonplace poses are all becoming part of Indiana’s normal routine.

George, last year’s Most Improved Player, has six 30-point games and 27 20-point games this season. The 23-year-old emerging star is ranked among the league leaders in scoring, free throw percentage and steals, and he might be higher in rebounds and assists if the Pacers weren’t blowing teams out with regularity.

Connaugton leads Irish over Va. Tech

SOUTH BEND (AP) — Pat Connaughton scored 21 points, Demetrius Jackson added 13 and Notre Dame ended a three-game losing streak, beating Virginia Tech 70-63 Sunday night.

The Irish (11-7, 2-3 ACC) ended their losing streak on a night when former coach Digger Phelps was inducted into the school’s Ring of Honor on the 40th anniversary of his second-ranked Notre Dame squad beating UCLA 71-70 to end the Bruins’ 88-game winning streak. The Hokies (8-9, 1-4) lost their fourth straight and for the sixth time in seven tries.

The Hokies, who trailed by 15 at halftime, cut the lead to 53-51 when Devin Wilson hit a 3-pointer and followed that up with a free throw. But the Irish responded quickly with a pair of 3-pointers by Connaughton and Steve Vasturia.

The Hokies cut the lead to 68-63 with 20 seconds left on a free throw by Cadarian Raines, but couldn’t get any closer.

Raines and Wilson both had career-high 20 points for the Hokies. Leading scorer Jarell Eddie struggled for the Hokies for the second straight game, finishing with two points on 1-of-5 shooting. He was 1-of-6 shooting for three points in a loss to Clemson on Wednesday.

Eric Atkins added 12 points for the Irish, marking the seventh straight game that he scored in double figures. Garrick Sherman finished with eight points, ending a streak of 14 straight games scoring in double figures.