Sports Digest: Munster golfer Specht verbals to Bradley

2013-11-09T21:15:00Z 2014-06-24T19:33:00Z Sports Digest: Munster golfer Specht verbals to Bradley nwitimes.com

Men's cross country

PUC TAKES 10TH AT CCAC: Purdue Calumet placed 10th at Saturday's Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship.

Phil Espinosa led the way with a 37th-place finish (29 minutes, 42 seconds) for Purdue Cal. Justin Peterson (30:57), Kenny Karrson (32:00), Stephen Bajzatt (32:32) and Cody Eitzen (32:56) were the other scorers.

Olivet Nazarene captured the team title, while Robert Morris' Mizael Carrera won individually.

Women's cross country

PURDUE CALUMET FINISHES EIGHTH: Led by Courtney Wagner's 20:43 and Kristina Schafer's 21:46, Purdue Calumet finished eighth at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday.

The Peregrines had a team score of 243. Olivet Nazarene was the champion with 31 points. St. Francis' Hilary Halford was the individual champion.

Alex Stahura had a personal-best time of 23:06, while Kristen Stapay (23:18) and Demitria Garibay (25:13) rounded out Purdue Cal's top five. 

Men's basketball

SJC TOPS CENTRAL STATE IN DOUBLE OVERTIME: St. Joseph's College played its second consecutive double overtime game, as Cameron Vines led the way with 43 points and 11 rebounds in a 128-127 win over Central State on Saturday. The win is the first in coach Tom Church's career.

Women's basketball

IUN EDGES GRACE COLLEGE: Indiana Northwest got 27 points and eight rebounds from Megan Holland, and Portage graduate Nicki Monahan scored the winning basket with 4 seconds left to give the RedHawks (3-1) a 67-65 win over Grace College on Saturday.

Danielle Zandstra added nine points and eight rebounds, while Monahan had six points and seven rebounds.

PURDUE CALUMET RALLIES PAST MOUNT MERCY: Cassidy Deno scored 11 of her game-high 19 points in a four-minute stretch of the second half to help give the No. 21-ranked Peregrines an 80-65 win over Mount Mercy.

Kami Graber added 18 points, including 15-of-18 shooting from the free-throw line. Madison Gervais chipped in 16 points, while Brooklyn Short added 13 points and five assists.

Men's golf

SPECHT VERBALS TO BRADLEY: Munster senior Matthew Specht has verbally committed to attend Bradley University on a golf scholarship.

A three-year varsity golfer and swimmer for the Mustangs, Specht missed qualifying for state as a junior by one stroke. He will join Valparaiso's Bobby Jacobs as a member of the Braves.

Women's volleyball

YOUNGSTOWN STATE EDGES VALPO: Sarah Dooms had 13 kills, 17 digs and three aces, but Youngstown State defeated Valparaiso 25-18, 18-25, 25-21, 16-25, 15-11 in Horizon League play Saturday. Ellen Vanden Berg added 12 kills for the Crusaders (23-6, 9-3).

Pro hockey

HAWKS TOPPLE STARS: Marian Hossa scored two goals, and the Blackhawks defeated the Dallas Stars 5-2 Saturday night.

Patrick Sharp assisted on the first four goals for Chicago.

Patrick Kane added a power-play goal, and Niklas Hjalmarsson had a short-handed empty-net goal, and Jonathan Toews also scored for Chicago.

Pro basketball

PACERS BEAT NETS TO IMPROVE TO NBA-BEST START TO 7-0: Paul George scored 24 points, and the Pacers improved the NBA's only undefeated record and the best start in franchise history to 7-0 by beating the Brooklyn Nets 96-91 Saturday night.

David West added 18 points and hit the clinching free throws for the Pacers, who had won their first six games in 1970-71, when they played in the ABA. They have the longest winning streak to open an NBA season since both the Lakers and New Orleans were 8-0 in 2010-11, according to STATS.

Auto racing

KYLE BUSCH PICKS UP 12TH NATIONWIDE SERIES WIN: Kyle Busch raced to his 12th NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of the year and Austin Dillon maintained his hold on the championship lead with a third-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway.

Justin Allgaier passed Dillon on the last lap Saturday for second place, and it cost Dillon a point in the standings. Dillon takes an eight-point lead over Sam Hornish Jr. into next week's season finale at Homestead.

Hornish finished fifth.

Busch, meanwhile, needs a win at Homestead to match his career best 13-win 2010 season. He has a record 63 victories in the series.

Around the horn

Noah Allen scored a team-high 14 points as Purdue Calumet defeated Marygrove 68-55 Friday. Kaspars Brencans added 13, while Brandon Bradford had 11.

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