== AM-1300 KGLO & kgloam.com — Iowa men vs. Grambling State — pre-game 6:00, tipoff 7:00
MASON CITY – The 11th-ranked NIACC wrestling team dropped a 30-12 decision to top-ranked Ellsworth Wednesday night in the NIACC gym.
NIACC picked up a fall from top-ranked Austin Anderly (2-0) at 141 pounds. The Trojans’ Zach Wagenhoffer (1-1) won by decision at 174 pounds and 4th-ranked Jaylen Lee (1-1) won by a 15-13 decision in overtime at 184 pounds over Reece Westphal.
NIACC (0-2 in duals) returns to action Saturday at the Coe College Invitational.
Bennett Koch scored 20 of his career high 25 points in the second half as Northern Iowa pulled away to a 72-43 win over Wartburg in the McLeod Center.
The inside play helped offset a cold night from the perimeter that saw the Panthers at one point miss 20 of 21 shots from three point range.
That’s Panther coach Ben Jacobson. UNI improves to 2-1. Jaran Sabus led Wartburg with 12 points.
AMES — Iowa State opens the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Thursday afternoon by playing Appalachian State. The Tournament was moved to South Carolina because of hurricane damage. The Cyclones are 0-2 and coach Steve Prohm says this season will be defined by defense.
Prohm says the Cyclones need to learn how they need to play.
Iowa State’s thin bench gets deeper with the addition of 6-9 redshirt freshman Cameron Lard and 6-9 Princeton transfer Hans Brase. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 Iowa time this afternoon.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa women’s basketball team out-raced Northern Illinois, 105-80, on Wednesday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
It was a game where points in the paint proved more valuable than points from beyond the arc — Iowa scored 52 points in the paint, Northern Illinois scored 42 points via the long ball.
The Hawkeyes remain undefeated at 3-0 overall, Northern Illinois falls to 1-1.
Iowa’s point total was its most in three years and two away from tying the school record of 107 points in a game; the 29 assists are three short of a school record.
Six Hawkeyes scored in double figures; Tania Davis (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Megan Gustafson (22 points, 11 rebounds) had double-doubles. Mason City native Makenzie Meyer handed out a game-high eight assists to go along with 11 points and Davis added seven.
Iowa hosts Western Michigan on Sunday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 16 rebounds on his 22nd birthday, and the Minnesota Timberwolves stopped a 12-game losing streak to the San Antonio Spurs with a 98-86 victory. Jeff Teague pitched in 16 points and six assists for the Timberwolves, who allowed their fewest points this season. Minnesota hadn’t beaten San Antonio since April 8, 2014.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns believes the NBA should permit the use of medicinal marijuana.
In an interview with ESPN published Wednesday, the 22-year-old Towns said he agrees with former NBA Commissioner David Stern’s stance that the drug should be removed from the league’s banned substance list. Towns raised the issue when asked by an ESPN reporter what change he would make if he were in NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s place.
Towns told reporters in Minnesota before the game Wednesday against San Antonio that his experiences working with autistic children and his research into the medicinal benefits of marijuana have helped shape his belief. He said he hoped to help erase the “bad stigma” about the drug, which he said he has never used.
CEDAR FALLS — Three of the six state high school football championship games will be played today at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls:
8-Man at 10:00 AM — #1 Don Bosco (12-0) vs. #3 Remsen St. Mary’s (11-0)
Class A at 1:30 — #3 Hudson (12-0) vs. #2 West Sioux (12-0)
Class 3A at 7:00 — #1 Cedar Rapids Xavier (12-0) vs. #5 Pella (11-1)
AMES — Zeb Noland is ready if Iowa State needs him Saturday at Baylor. The redshirt freshman entered the game against Oklahoma State late in the second quarter after Kyle Kempt suffered a shoulder injury. Kempt is listed as day-to-day this week.
Noland says Kempt has taught him how to control his emotions.
Noland says Baylor is better than their 1-9 record.
Senior defensive end J.D Waggoner says the Cyclones are prepared for a tough game.
Waggoner says the Cyclones want to finish strong with two road games to end the season.
Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 1:30.