Former Giants help St. Francis advance


WEEK OF December 2


St. Francis (12-1) advanced to the NAIA National Championship title game with a 42-24 win against previously undefeated Reinhardt University of Georgia.  Montay McDowell caught two passes for 40 yards, with a long of 25.  Na’Shawn Lewis and Carlin Coleman each had one solo tackle and one assist; and  Sean Boswell saw action for the Cougars, who will take on Baker University of Kansas (14-0) at 6:00 pm on December 17 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Baker defeated Eastern Oregon, the team which dethroned Marian, 45-41 to advance to the final.

Grand Valley State (12-1) lost 47-32 to Ferris State in the NCAA D-II quarterfinals. Redshirt freshman defensive back  Jailyn Harden had four solo tackles and assisted on another for GVSU.


Purdue defeated Iowa State 3-0 in its first match in the NCAA National Championships, but bowed 3-1 to Missouri in the second round.  Danielle Cuttino had 21 kills with only two errors in 31 attempts  (.613), two digs, one solo block, and two assists on blocks against ISU; and 17 kills with seven errors in 41 attempts (.244), two digs, one blocking assist, and one blocking error against Missouri.


Vermont (6-3) lost 68-50 to South Carolina.   Dre Wills had eight points (2 for 4, 0 for 0, 4 for 5), five rebounds, one assist, one steal, and two turnovers for Vermont.

Lincoln Trail (4-6) lost 86-84 to Lake Land.  Mike Beaty had 14 points (5 for 16, 2 for 7, 2 for 4), three rebounds, three assists, four steals, one blocked shot, and three turnovers in the loss.

Ohio State (7-1) lost 63-51 to Virginia in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 70-62.  Trevor Thompson had seven points (2 for 2, 0 for 0, 3 for 4), four rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot, and one turnover in 23 minutes before fouling out against Virginia; and 10 points (4 for 8, 0 for 0, 2 for 3), a team high 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal, all five of his team’s blocked shots, and two turnovers in 26 minutes in the win.

Northern Kentucky (5-3) won 84-79 against Morehead and 72-61 against Norfolk State.  Brennan Gillis played a total of nine minutes in the two wins and had four points (1 for 2, 0 for 0, 2 for 2) and three rebounds.

Illinois State (4-2) defeated IUPUI 77-63 and New Mexico 79-74.  Tony Wills had seven points (3 for 4, 1 for 2, 0 for 0), three rebounds, two blocked shots, and one steal in 22 minutes against the Jaguars; and six points (2 for 3, 2 for 3, 0 for 0), two rebounds, two assists, and one turnover in 14 minutes against the Lobos.


St. Francis (3-7, 1-2) lost 72-57 to Marian and 77-73 to Goshen.   Savannah Davis had three points (1 for 5, 0 for 0, 1 for 2), three rebounds, one assist, and one turnover in 15 minutes before fouling out against Marian; and 17 points (7 for 9, 0 for 0, 3 for 5), four rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots, and one turnover in 24 minutes against Goshen.

Amber Jones  played 11 minutes and missed her only two shots for Texas State (3-3) in a 72-47 loss to U.T. San Antonio.

Kaskaskia (4-3) lost 83-74 to Vincennes and  74-65 to John Logan.  Jessie Kee had a team high 23 points (9 for 22, 1 for 7, 4 for 5), a team high 11 rebounds,   two assists, one blocked shot, and nine turnovers against Vincennes ; and seven points (1 for 11, 1 for 6, 4 for 4) against John Logan. Statistics on rebounds, assists, etc., are not available for the John Logan game.


Purdue’s Dylan Lydy, competing at 165 pounds at the Cliff Keen Open in Las Vegas, lost 5-0 to Wyoming in his first match and 6-0 to Ohio State in the consolation bracket.


Competing for Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Season Opener,  Jordan Boyd was fifth of 22 in the shot put (42 feet) and second of 14 in the weight throw (53-8 ¼.). Teammate  Trace Perez, competing unattached, was 24th of 37 in the 800 meters (2:13.23) and 25 th of 37 in the mile (5:07.68).