= AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Iowa men at Illinois — pre-game 6:00, tipoff 7:00
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – The NIACC men’s basketball team dropped an 85-65 decision to Dakota County Technical College Wednesday night. It was the first game since Dec. 16 for the Trojans.
NIACC (11-4 overall) returns to action next Wednesday in its Iowa Community College Athletic Conference opener at Kirkwood.
IOWA CITY — Somebody has got to win when Iowa visits Illinois. They are the remaining winless teams in the Big Ten play. Iowa is 0-5, and their average margin of defeat is 10.5 points. The Illini come in 0-4 in the conference, but they are 6-1 this season at home. Their lone setback was a one point overtime loss to Maryland back in early December. You can hear the Iowa-Illinois game on AM-1300 KGLO starting with the pre-game at 6 o’clock tonight, with the tipoff scheduled for 7 o’clock.
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Tevonn Walker scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds as Valparaiso ended Drake’s five-game win streak with a 77-60 victory Wednesday night.
Walker, Max Joseph and Bakari Evelyn combined to make eight 3-pointers, and Derrik Smits had two dunks, in an explosive first half for the Crusaders (11-7, 2-3 Missouri Valley Conference) that gave them a 46-35 lead at intermission.
Drake closed to 57-49 midway through the second half but another hail of 3s by Walker, Joseph and Evelyn helped stretch the Crusaders lead to 70-54 with 4½ left and they cruised from there.
It was the first conference loss for MVC leader, Drake.
Walker made 10 of 16 from the field including five from beyond the arc. Joseph finished with 16 points, four rebounds and eight assists. Smits chipped in 10 points.
Graham Woodward scored 15 points off the bench to lead the Bulldogs (10-8, 4-1).
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Jordan Barnes hit five 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 27 points and Brandon Murphy tipped in Barnes’ missed 3 at the buzzer to give Indiana State beat Northern Iowa 69-67 on Wednesday night.
Murphy finished with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting and Brenton Scott scored 13 points for Indiana State (8-9, 3-2 Missouri Valley). Scott, who has 1,561 career points, moved past Eddie Bird into seventh on school’s all-time list. He is one point behind David Moss and seven shy of Jake Odum in fifth.
Barnes hit a 3-pointer and converted a 3-point play in a 31-second span during a 14-2 run that gave the Sycamores a 59-52 lead. Isaiah Brown’s layup pulled Northern Iowa (8-9, 0-5) within one point with 1:16 left and, after four straight points by Barnes, Wyatt Lohaus hit a 3 to make it 67-65 and a quick steal by Juwan McCloud led to a Tywhon Pickford layup that tied it with 13 seconds to play.
Pickford led UNI with 18 points, Brown scored 13 and Lohaus 12.
The Panthers led by as many as 11 points in the first half and Brown’s layup to open the second have gave them a 40-31 lead. Barnes hit three 3s during a 13-4 run over the next four minutes that made it 44-all.
AMES — The Iowa State women were outscored 29-15 in the fourth quarter in a 67-60 loss to Kansas State at home. The Cyclones fall to 1-4 in the Big 12. The Cyclones led by as many as 10 points late in the third quarter and led 45-38 heading into the final frame. Iowa State is 7-9 overall.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 26 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had eight assists for the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 104-88 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Andrew Wiggins added 19 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points and 12 rebounds as Minnesota pulled away in the second half to win its third game in a row at home and 10th in its last 13 overall. Russell Westbrook had 38 points and 10 rebounds, but Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and the rest of the Thunder had a tough time shooting.
CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan Suter gave Minnesota the lead on a 4-on-4 early in the third period, Devan Dubnyk made 34 saves and the Wild held off the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 to end a two-game slide. Jonas Brodin scored in the second period for Minnesota
IOWA CITY — The Iowa football team will have some added holes to fill next season with the early departure of two standouts. All-American corner Josh Jackson and center James Daniels will both skip their senior seasons to enter the NFL Draft. Both were key components to Iowa’s 8-5 season that concluded with a win over Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz who feels players are better served by staying in college but supports the decision of both players.
Away from the football complex, Ferentz is facing a different type of challenge from an unlikely opponent: his next-door neighbors.
Trial is scheduled Feb. 6 in a lawsuit that pits the nation’s longest-tenured college football coach and his wife against the three other families who live along a private road outside Iowa City.
A judge is expected to decide whether the Ferentzes breached a 2001 agreement and trespassed by planting trees and installing landscaping items along Saddle Club Road.
The fight over those encroachments is part of a long-running dispute.
A judge ruled in September that the Ferentzes aren’t required to a homeowners’ association that neighbors formed in 2015 to split the costs of road maintenance. The ruling means the Ferentzes don’t have to pay $9,400 they were assessed for a repair project.
ROCHESTER, Minn. – The No. 13 NIACC wrestling team picked up its first dual meet win of the season with a 36-12 win over No. 11 Rochester Community and Technical College on Wednesday.
The NIACC wrestling team is now ranked No. 13 in the Intermat NJCAA Division I rankings released Wednesday.
NIACC was ranked 11th in the preseason rankings in November and was 12th in the December ratings.
In the latest rankings, Clackamas is ranked No. 1.
Other Iowa schools ranks are Ellsworth at No. 3, Iowa Central and Iowa Lakes are tied at No. 8 and Iowa Western at No. 12.
In the individual by Intermat, NIACC sophomore Austin Anderly (2-0) is ranked No. 1 at 141 pounds and freshman Noah Jackson (8-4) is No. 5 at 157 pounds. Anderly, who placed fifth at last season’s national meet, has missed most of the season with a broken hand, but is expected back in the lineup soon.
NIACC (1-4 in duals) returns to action Friday at the University of Nebraska-Kearney duals. The Trojans face Colby CC at 9 a.m., Neosho County CC at 10:30 a.m., Labette CC at noon and Cloud County CC at 1:30 p.m.