Dalton burns Browns for one of best games of career

Published: Sunday, October 01, 2017 @ 7:14 PM

Dalton has big day

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had one of the best games of his career Sunday in Cleveland, completing 25 of 30 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-7 win against the Browns.

Dalton’s passer rating of 146.0 was the second highest of his career behind the 146.8 he posted in a 37-3 win at Cleveland in 2015. In fact, three of Dalton’s top four passer ratings have come against the Browns. He had a 139.8 against them in the teams’ first meeting in 2015.

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“I feel like I got into a good rhythm and was seeing things well,” Dalton said. “I was able to get the ball to different guys, and felt like I was in a good rhythm today.”

Dalton completed 19 of his first 20 passes, including 16 in a row at point. The only other time a Bengals quarterback completed 16 consecutive passes in a game was Ken Anderson’s 20 in a row in a playoff game against the Jets on Jan. 2, 1983.

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Dalton’s only incompletion of the first half came when he overthrew running back Giovani Bernard on a screen.

The Bengals went back to the play in the closing minutes of the first half, and Bernard turned it into a 61-yard touchdown for a 21-0 lead.

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“It’s one of those things, when you get the opportunities to have a call like that, you want to make the play,” Dalton said. “Our guys did a good job.

“There’s a lot of season left,” he added. “You can’t get two wins before you get one. It’s a good start for us and we have to carry it into next week and use it as momentum.”

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USC F Chimezie Metu: I wasn’t paying attention to anything anybody was saying

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 1:13 PM

USC forward Chimezie Metu’s status for Saturday’s game was uncertain when his name was mentioned in the FBI college basketball corruption probe. Metu was deemed eligible to play just before tipoff of the Trojans’ Pac-12 game versus Utah.

The forward not only played but he led USC with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in a 74-58 win over Utah.

Following the game, the 6-foot-11 forward made his first comments regarding his name being listed in the ongoing pay-for-play scandal.

“When I’m on the court, nothing else matters. I was just out there playing. I wasn’t paying attention to anything anybody else was saying,” Metu said, per ESPN, via the Associated Press.

Metu and Bennie Boatwright are two of 25 former and current NCAA players who were named in a Yahoo Sports report that was released on Friday which is sweeping across the college basketball landscape.

DieHards will have more on this fluid situation as it becomes available.



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Wittenberg wins first NCAC tournament title since 2006

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 6:06 PM

            Wittenberg poses with the trophy after a victory against Ohio Wesleyan in the NCAC championship game on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield. David Jablonski/Staff
Wittenberg poses with the trophy after a victory against Ohio Wesleyan in the NCAC championship game on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield. David Jablonski/Staff

The Wittenberg Tigers ran off the court with an 82-70 victory against Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday forgetting one thing — they still had to cut down the nets.

The sixth-ranked Tigers (26-2) could be forgiven. This was their first North Coast Athletic Conference tournament championship since 2006. They hadn’t won the title at Pam Evans Smith Arena since 2002. They turned back the clock with a dominant performance in the second half, adding to what already has been one of the great seasons in school history.

“I’m at a loss for words right now,” senior Chad Roy said. “It’s huge for the program. It’s huge for the players. We’re just so excited to finally get this done. It’s been a long four years.”

Wittenberg had lost the last three times it advanced to the championship game. This time, it broke open a close game that was tied 35-35 at halftime with a run midway through the second half. The Tigers stuck to what was working, and that was getting ball to Roy and the other big man, sophomore Connor Seipel.

Seipel, who was named MVP of the tournament, scored 28 points on 14-of-17 shooting. Roy made 13 of 17 shots and scored 26 points.

Wittenberg’s guards put Seipel and Roy in position to succeed. Mitch Balser had 11 assists. Jake Bertemes had eight.

“They made it easy,” Roy said. “They hit me right in the spots. All I had to do was lay it in. It was a team effort every night for us. We’re inside-out all the time. We get the bigs going and the guards going. It’s been like that all year. It’s been a huge success for us.”

Ohio Wesleyan dominated the early part of the first six minutes of the first half, taking a 19-8 lead on a 3-pointer by Seth Clark at the 14:20 mark. The Tigers climbed back into the game with a 19-8 run and took a 29-28 lead on a layup by Seipel at the 5:44 mark.

Wittenberg earned the NCAC’s automatic berth in the NCAA Division III tournament and likely will host games in the first and second rounds — and possibly the third and fourth rounds if it advances past the first weekend. The selection show takes place at 12:30 p.m. Monday.

This was only the second NCAC championship game matching Wittenberg and Ohio Wesleyan, even though they had combined for 26 appearances. Wittenberg won the first matcup 86-82 in 1990.

Women’s game: Wittenberg lost 73-39 to Oberlin in the NCAC championship game on Saturday in Greencastle, Ind. The Tigers upset No. 1 seed DePauw 72-68 in the semifinals Friday. Wittenberg finished the season 16-12.

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Shaka Smart offers update on Eric Davis Jr. amid college hoops corruption probe

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 1:09 PM

Texas men’s basketball announced on Friday that junior guard Eric Davis Jr. would be withheld from future games as precautionary measure after he was linked to documents surrounding an FBI probe into corruption within college basketball.

The Longhorns posted a thrilling 65-64 victory over Oklahoma State in the team’s first game without Davis on Saturday. Texas coach Shaka Smart offered a brief update on Davis following the game.

According to the Austin American-Statesman’s Brian Davis, Smart told reporters that Eric “has been advised to meet with legal counsel before talking to anyone.”

Per documents published by Yahoo! Sports, Davis is one of numerous players linked to balance sheets from ASM Sports — an agency run by former NBA agent Andy Miller. Former Texas center Prince Ibeh was also named in the documents.

Davis was averaging 8.8 points per game before being sidelined by the team. Texas has remaining games vs. No. 8 Kansas and No. 21 Kansas before the regular season concludes.

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WATCH: Washington’s Nahziah Carter, Jay-Z’s nephew, adds to impressive dunk collection at California

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 1:07 PM

How much longer until Jay-Z throws some love toward his nephew and drops a track highlighting his penchant for monster dunks? It’s not like there’s a lack of material for him to draw from.

Freshman guard Nahziah Carter, who has made a name for himself this season as possibly the Pac-12’s top dunker, threw down another stunner midway through the second half of Washington’s game at California:

Fouled on the play, his free throw gave him six points and gave Washington a 48-43 lead as part of a 9-0 run. He came in averaging 5.2 points per game, with a high percentage of his 38 made two-pointers this season coming via the dunk.

More of Carter’s highlight-reel throwdowns can be viewed here, here and here.

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