Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 7, 2014

Sports briefs for Tuesday, Jan. 7

Kokomo Tribune

---- — TC-Northwestern game postponed

Due to this week’s snowstorm, today’s scheduled Tri-Central at Northwestern boys basketball game has been postponed. No new date has been announced.

It’s the second time this game has been postponed. It was originally scheduled for Dec. 7 but was moved back after TC’s run to a Class A football championship delayed the start of the Trojans’ basketball season.

IUK game moved back to Wednesday

IU Kokomo has announced that today’s scheduled men’s basketball game against Salem International University has been moved back a day to Wednesday. The game will tip off at 8 p.m. in the Cougar Gym.

NCC Diving prelimsmoved to Thursday

Kokomo was scheduled to host the North Central Conference’s diving preliminaries on Tuesday. Due to this week’s snowstorm, the action has been postponed to Thursday at 7 p.m.

Arkansas State tops BSU in bowl

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Allen Muse caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Fredi Knighten with 32 seconds remaining to lift Arkansas State past Ball State 23-20 at the GoDaddy Bowl on Sunday night.

Ball State had a chance to tie at the end of regulation, but Scott Secor’s 38-yard field goal attempt was blocked as time expired.

Arkansas State (8-5) won the GoDaddy Bowl for a second straight season, despite losing starting quarterback Adam Kennedy to a knee injury in the second quarter. It was the Red Wolves’ third straight trip to Mobile.

Knighten had 115 yards passing and 97 yards rushing. Muse, who considered quitting football following his father’s suicide, wound up with the biggest catch of the night just five plays Ball State took a four-point lead that looked as if it could have held up.

Ball State (10-3) went ahead 20-16 with 1:33 remaining on a 1-yard touchdown run by Jahwan Edwards, but couldn’t hold the lead. Edwards finished with a game-high 146 yards rushing.

Keith Wenning capped his Ball State career with 215 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception. He’s the first Ball State quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season.

Ball State’s offense struggled for much of the night, but the Cardinals put together a 16-play drive in the fourth quarter, capped by Edwards’ 1-yard run, to give Ball State a 20-16 lead.

The Red Wolves came right back, needing just five plays to march downfield. Knighten’s pass was perfectly thrown to Muse in the back of the end zone for the 23-20 lead.

Pacers fend off Cleveland’s rally

CLEVELAND (AP) — Paul George scored 16 points, Roy Hibbert made a putback and two free throws in the final 1:09 and the Indiana Pacers held off Cleveland’s late rally for an 82-78 win over the short-handed Cavaliers on Sunday night.

The Pacers led by 16 in the fourth before Dion Waiters brought Cleveland back by scoring 12 points in a 16-1 run that got the Cavs within 75-74 with 3:35 left. Hibbert’s free throw with 7.9 seconds left put the Pacers up 81-78, and Indiana got the ball back when Cleveland’s Earl Clark stepped out on an inbounds pass 1 second later.

David West made one free throw with 5.4 seconds left, and the Pacers escaped with their seventh win in eight games. At 27-6, Indiana has the NBA’s best record.

C.J. Miles scored 21 and Waiters had 14 for the Cavaliers, who played without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.