Tuesday, February 13, 2018 1:00 am
Boilermakers fall to No. 6 after losses; Virginia No. 1
Staff, news services
After two losses last week, Purdue dropped three spots to No. 6 in the latest men's basketball AP Top 25 poll Monday.
Michigan State, which beat the Boilermakers 68-65 in East Lansing on Saturday, moved up two spots to No. 2. Virginia rose to the top spot for the first time since December 1982, Ralph Sampson's senior season.
The Cavaliers rose to No. 1 despite a 61-60 overtime loss at home Saturday to unranked Virginia Tech. They got 30 of 65 first-place votes, while the Spartans got 21 and previous No. 1 Villanova, which slipped to No. 3 after a loss to St. John's on Wednesday, got nine. No. 4 Xavier and Cincinnati rounded out the top 5.
In the women's poll, Notre Dame remained at No. 5 for the fifth consecutive week after lopsided victories over No. 19 Duke and Georgia Tech. UConn stayed at No. 1, while undefeated Mississippi State, Baylor and Louisville are also in the top 5.
Belmont is in the AP Top 25 for the first time in school history. The Bruins (24-3) are led by Canterbury graduate Darby Maggard. First-year coach Bart Brooks has the team riding a 15-game winning streak with the only losses coming this season to Oklahoma, Stanford and Wright State.
The Irish also rank No. 1 in men's hockey, the second week in a row they have occupied the top spot. Notre Dame got 14 first-place votes, one more than No. 2 St. Cloud State.
Crossroads honors Huntington's Bush
Huntington guard Mike Bush was named the Crossroads League's top basketball player for last week after posting a pair of double-doubles and leading his team to a 97-71 upset win Tuesday over No. 3 St. Francis. The 5-foot-7 Bush averaged 21 points and 13.5 rebounds in his two games.
IPFW's softball pitcher honored
IPFW's Bailey Benefiel earned the first Summit League Pitcher of the Week award of the season, becoming the first IPFW player to win the award since 2014. Benefiel pitched both as a starter and in relief, tossing a complete game in a 3-2 win over IUPUI and three scoreless innings of relief against Wright State. She leads the Summit League with a 1.40 ERA.
Tech's Roadruck top wrestler
Indiana Tech senior Mike Roadruck won the Sooner Athletic Conference's Wrestler of the Week Award for the second time this season. Roadruck, the No. 9 wrestler in the country, won his only match of the week, 30-15 over former teammate Bobby Kelly of Lourdes at 165 pounds.
Tech athletes garner awards
Indiana Tech senior Keanna Gary was named the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference's basketball player of the week for the fifth time this season and ninth time in her career. Gary scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a senior day win over Northwestern Ohio, the Warriors' 17th straight win. ... Indiana Tech's Candella Guijarro won the WHAC's Field Athlete of the Week Award, the second time she has won the award in her career. The Madrid native cleared 5 feet, 8 inches in the high jump at the University of Indianapolis Invitational, a WHAC season-best and the second-best jump in the country this season.