OSU men’s volleyball players during a game against Ball State on Feb. 15 at St. John Arena. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe No. 1 Ohio State men’s volleyball team continued its winning ways Thursday night, defeating the No. 6 Lewis Flyers in four sets (25-13, 20-25, 25-14, 25-17) for the Buckeyes’ 35th straight victory. OSU has now won 32 of 52 previous meetings with Lewis and has defeated the Flyers in five of their last six matchups. Junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson and middle blocker Driss Guessous combined for 44 of OSU’s 59 kills. Lewis had no player reach double digits in kills, with Trevor Weiskircher leading the Flyers with nine. OSU and Lewis had a tightly contested start to the first set with the Flyers’ deficit coming to within one point at 13-12. However, a kill from Szerszen ignited a 12-1 run to secure the 25-13 set win. OSU coach Pete Hanson said that the 12-1 run showed the Buckeyes’ ability to overpower teams at the net. “It gives (the team) confidence that we have a guy like Nick or a guy like Miles and all of a sudden get on a run and just blow a game wide open,” Hanson said. “What we are trying to learn from that is we may have finished that game on a huge run, but it doesn’t carry over to set No. 2. You start fresh at 0-0.” The momentum at the end of the first set did not last for the Buckeyes going into the second set. OSU and Lewis had a total of 13 ties and three lead changes in the second half, but six kills from Flyers’ outside hitter Trevor Weiskircher proved to be too much for the Buckeyes, losing the set 25-20. Hanson thought OSU lost its identity in the second set. “We got really complacent, we lost our focus, we didn’t play with the same reckless abandon, if you will, and want to go out and pummel those guys,” Hanson said. OSU came out of the locker room hot after a rough second set, starting the third set with a 9-1 run. Szerszen and Johnson combined for 12 of the 17 OSU kills in the 25-14 set win. “We have gotten really confident playing with one another and we know how to win in different circumstances,” Johnson said. “Tonight we lost the second set and then we figured out what we needed to do.” A kill by middle blocker Driss Guessous secured an OSU win as the Buckeyes won the fourth set 25-17. The Buckeyes are now five wins away from matching Loyola’s 40-match run that was set in 2014-15. The Buckeyes will take on No. 10 Loyola at St. John’s Arena this Saturday at 7 p.m.
Then-sophomore pitcher John Kuchno (45) throws the ball during a game against Northwestern May 6, 2012, at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 4-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe clink of aluminum bats has returned as Ohio State’s baseball team began their season in Port Charlotte, Fla.The bats started out hot for the Buckeyes as they won their first two games against Connecticut and Auburn, but then lost two in a row to Indiana State.In Sunday’s game against the Indiana State, sophomore right handed pitcher Jake Post started on the mound for the Buckeyes. He gave them four good innings, but errors allowed three unearned runs to cross the plate for Indiana State.Freshman pitcher Tanner Tully came on in the fifth and gave up another run in the sixth before the Buckeyes began a nice rally in the bottom half.A balk and an error plated two runs and left the bases loaded for senior outfielder Tim Wetzel. He hit into a fielder’s choice that scored two more as sophomore first baseman Zach Ratliff turned it into a double steal.OSU gained its first lead in the eighth after three doubles from freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson, sophomore infielder Craig Nennig and Wetzel.With a 6-4 lead heading into the ninth, junior pitcher Trace Dempsey came in to try and seal the deal, but gave up four runs on four hits to give the Sycamores an 8-6 advantage.Indiana State freshman pitcher Ryan Keaffaber stymied the Buckeyes to earn the two game sweep.“I liked the way we battled today,” Wetzel said Sunday. “It was nice to get the all of the young guys experience. It can happen with a young team, so you have to be ready to go every day.”Coach Greg Beals was disappointed with the outcome of the final game, especially after how his team battled so far back.“Today was a big lesson for us,” Beals said after the loss. “We have the ability to play really bad … and to come back like we did. The game is humbling, but we need to do all the necessary work to make sure we’re ready to go out and play.”Freshman pitcher Zach Farmer began his collegiate career starting on the bump for Saturday’s tilt with the ISU. His start did not go as planned, though, as he gave up a three-hit, two-run first inning.Dawson got the Buckeyes back in it in the fourth with a three-run homerun off junior Brad Lombard. Dawson finished the day going 3-4 in his first collegiate game.The Buckeyes wouldn’t score again though and ISU took advantage of their inept bats, scoring two more runs off Farmer and another three off freshman right handed pitcher Adam Niemeyer for a 7-3 win.The early game Saturday against Auburn matched up a pair of southpaws as the Buckeyes’ junior Ryan Riga and the Tigers’ senior Michael O’Neal were starting on the mound. Both lefties pitched brilliantly as each went six strong innings and only gave up four hits each.The difference was redshirt-junior Josh Dezse’s RBI single in the fourth. After missing all of last season with a stress reaction, Dezse was the designated hitter for each game and didn’t miss a beat.That run was all the Buckeyes needed, as Griga didn’t allow a run before handing it off to redshirt-senior pitcher Tyler Giannonatti for the seventh. Dempsey came in to finish the final two innings for his first save of the season and sealing the 1-0 victory for OSU.“I felt good, but obviously it was a lot more important for the team getting this win,” Riga said. “It gives your more confidence for tomorrow.”Friday’s season opener against the Huskies started off shaky for the Buckeyes as senior pitcher Greg Greve started out the game giving up two runs in the top of the first. He quickly settled in after that though and the offense made up for those early runs in impressive fashion.With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic hammered a ball over the centerfield fence for a grand slam and the Buckeyes’ first runs of the season. His blast energized both the offense and defense as they didn’t allow another run, but added four more of their own for an 8-2 win.“I was just trying to put something in play and help the team win,” Bosiokovic said. “Fortunately I hit it over the fence.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to play UCF Friday in Orlando. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) calls a play in the first quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOne of Ohio State’s most decorated players found his way onto an NFL team.The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett as an undrafted free agent Saturday, according to a tweet from Ohio State. Free Agent Alert: @JT_theQB4th @Colts #GoBucks #DevelopedHere #ColtsForged pic.twitter.com/t39FoIQyZa— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 29, 2018Barrett led the Buckeyes to two Big Ten championships during his four years, including a 2014 National Championship that Barrett watched from the sidelines after breaking his ankle against Michigan.Barrett got his first start in an Ohio State uniform following Braxton Miller’s season-ending shoulder injury in 2014. The then-redshirt freshman amassed 45 touchdowns and 3,772 total yards and finishing fifth in the Heisman voting.After 50 starts across four years, Barrett finished his Ohio State career with more offensive yards (12,697), passing touchdowns (104) and total touchdowns (147) than any other player in Big Ten history.Along with the numerous records accomplished while at Ohio State, Barrett went 38-6 as a starter while completing over 60 percent of his passes in each of his four seasons.The three-time captain led the Buckeyes to a 24-7 Cotton Bowl victory over USC and this year’s No. 3 pick Sam Darnold in the last game of his OSU career.In his sophomore season, Barrett threw for 211 yards and ran for 96 in a 44-28 Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame. A year later, again in the Fiesta Bowl, Barrett threw for 127 yards and two interceptions in a 31-0 defeat to Clemson in the College Football Playoff.At the NFL combine, Barrett was the second fastest quarterback in the 40-yard dash at 4.70 seconds. On the other end, Barrett finished with the third slowest three cone drill times of all quarterbacks (7.38 seconds).
After leaving Ohio State’s win over TCU on Sept. 15, junior defensive end Nick Bosa has been sidelined with a core muscle injury with no timetable for return. In Monday’s press conference, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said Bosa will be getting reevaluated this week in Philadelphia, but could not really say whether or not the defensive end would return to the field this season. “I am hoping,” Meyer said. Bosa has been seen at Ohio State practices and on the sideline during games, but only in street clothes.Meyer also said junior linebacker Malik Harrison and junior defensive end Jonathon Cooper are back with the team this week after being sidelined for the Minnesota game after being placed in concussion protocol. Redshirt junior defensive lineman Robert Landers was deemed probable while Meyer called redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette questionable for Saturday’s game against Purdue. In special teams, Meyer said redshirt senior kicker Sean Nuernberger suffered a strained groin prior to the start of the game against Minnesota. Sophomore kicker Blake Haubeil started in Nuernberger’s place and hit three field goals, being named by the coaching staff as the special teams player of the week. Meyer also said sophomore left tackle Thayer Munford is “sore,” but probable heading into Saturday. Meyer praises Justin Hilliard With the injury to Harrison, redshirt junior linebacker Justin Hilliard had the opportunity to play significantly more on defense than he usually does. Meyer said he was happy to see a player like Hilliard get the opportunity to play. “He’s one of my favorite players, favorite families,” Meyer said. “He’s a guy that means so much to us on the kicking game. He played pretty good. Not great, but pretty good.”Hilliard recorded five tackles, including two solo tackles, against Minnesota on Saturday, with two broken up passes in the middle. With the biceps injuries Hilliard faced, Meyer compared his journey to former Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who started his collegiate career sidelined due to injury. Meyer said the redshirt junior linebacker still has a ways to go, but has shown growth. “You never give up on a player,” Meyer said. “Keep working with him.” Meyer prepares to defend Rondale MooreOver the first six games of the season, Purdue has put together one of the more dynamic offenses in the Big Ten, recording the No. 4 scoring offense in the conference, averaging 33.5 points per game and beng one of two offenses in the Big Ten to average over 500 yards per game, the other being Ohio State.Much of that success has been helped by the emergence of Purdue freshman wide receiver Rondale Moore. In six games, Moore has become on of the core dynamic playmakers in the conference, recording 100-yard performances and a touchdown in four of the six games. Even though Meyer has not studied Purdue at length yet, he said Moore does bring something to the table. “Just explosive player,” Meyer said. “I studied him in the return game. And he’s a guy you have to be careful with in the return game. He’s a dynamic player.”
Ohio State senior midfielder Sarah Roberts (10) heads the ball upfield against the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 21st. Ohio State won 2-1. Credit: Cori Wade | For The LanternAfter awaiting a decision from the NCAA selection show, the Ohio State women’s soccer team (9-5-4, 6-2-3 Big Ten) will now compete in the first round of the NCAA tournament against Wake Forest at 7 p.m. on Friday at Spry Stadium.Senior midfielder Bayley Feist and sophomore forward Estelle Laurier have driven Wake Forest’s potent offense this season. Feist is up to six goals and Laurier has four so far this season. The team’s offense also had a season-high six points against Longwood. “I think we have a good chance to come into Wake Forest and give them a good game,” Ohio State freshman forward Kayla Fischer said.On Monday, the Buckeyes were granted an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, marking its 13th appearance in the tournament. Like Ohio State, the road for Wake Forest (8-8-1, 4-6-0 Big Ten) has remained relatively unsteady throughout the season. While Wake Forest has had no problem scoring goals, it has encountered difficulties preventing other teams from doing the same. Virginia scored five against the Demon Deacons in a loss on Sept. 30 and Duke scored three against them the following game in a loss on Oct. 4, starting a four-game losing streak. The last time both teams met was in the 2014 season opener, where the Buckeyes came away with the 1-0 victory in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This time, the stakes are even higher. After starting off the regular season with two losses, dealing with multiple injuries and falling just short of the Big Ten semifinals to Nebraska, the Buckeyes have not had an easy road to the NCAA tournament. “We’ve faced a lot of adversity this year,” Ohio State senior midfielder Sarah Roberts said. “At this point, anything that gets thrown against us we look at it more as an opportunity, an opportunity to get better, an opportunity to show the rest of the country what the Buckeyes are made of.”For the Demon Deacons, this rematch presents an opportunity for the team to put its best foot forward and gain a win in front of the home crowd. This matchup for the Buckeyes will be the most important road test it has faced thus far. For some of the players on the team, this will be their first experience playing soccer in an NCAA tournament, including Fischer, who said the team is excited for the upcoming matchup.“Never being in a tournament before,” Fischer said, “I’m definitely excited to see what it’s going to bring. I’m expecting that our team can compete and keep going in the tournament. I know throughout the season we’ve been getting better and better. I think as long as we continue that, we have a good shot.”One key element that remains a strength for the Buckeyes is its performance on defense. Ohio State has allowed 14 goals in 18 games this season.. “From a senior perspective,” Roberts said, “I think we’re excited that we get one more chance and one more game to kind of make our mark on the program.”
Lille are in a desperate rush to raise €30m in sales in order to comply with the French football financial watchdog “the DNCG”Les Dogues’ were in serious danger of being demoted to Ligue 2 for this season by the DNCG after failing to sell players during the January transfer window to make room in its financial space.Now GetFootballNewsFrance reports that Lille’s financial problems remain and that they must generate €30m from player sales before the end of the month.Should they fail to do so, then they will next punishment from the DNCG.As a consequence, Lille will be unable to use their new signings Loïc Rémy, Rafaël Leao and Jérémy Pied.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Winger Anwar El Ghazi is one of the players that Lille will likely sell with Ligue 1 rivals Rennes & St Étienne having both expressed an interest, while English Championship sides Aston Villa and Leeds United have also been linked.Although the Dutchman agent, Jorge Mendes, is yet to comment on the player’s future.Nicolas Pépé and Adama Soumaoro have also been linked with an exit from the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.Lille finished in 17th place in the 2017/18 Ligue 1 table and one point above the relegated Toulouse.
Agitated people vandalise several vehicles after two girls are killed as a passenger bus runs over them at Malibagh Chowdhurypara area in the city on Tuesday. Photo: Sajid HossainGarment workers and locals went on a berserk in the city’s Malibagh Chowdhurypara area on Tuesday following the death of two female RMG workers, torching one bus and damaging around 35-40 vehicles, reports UNB.The victims are Meem Akhter, 13, and Nahid Parveen Poly, 19, workers of MH Garments Factory.A Gazipur-bound bus of ‘Suprabhat Paribahan’ hit them while they were crossing the road near Abul Hotel around 1:30pm.Meem died on the spot and Parveen was seriously injured, said police sergeant Shuvo Kumar Dey.Parveen was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where physicians pronounced her dead, said sub-inspector Bachchu Mia, in-charge of DMCH police outpost.Jarina Begum, mother of victim Mim, breaks down in tears at Dhaka Medical College on Tuesday. Photo: Dipu MalakarPolice seized the bus and arrested the driver, he added.As the death news spread around, garment workers took to the streets and damaged several buses.Later, police took the situation under control.However, the garment workers and the locals took to the streets again around 5pm and started staging demonstrations protesting the death of the female RMG workers in the road accident.At one stage, they blocked the road on the opposite side of Hajipara CNG Refilling Station, forcing the police to suspend traffic on both carriageways of the road.At that time, they set fire to a bus and damaged around 30 others.Although a fire-fighting unit started moving to the spot on information, it could not reach there as the road was blocked. However, the fire was doused by locals.Several vehicles are vandalised after two girls are killed at Malibagh Chowdhurypara in the city on Tuesday. Photo: Sajid HossainLater, police charged baton on the agitators and brought the situation under control.Traffic on the road resumed around 6:30pm.A UNB journalist who came to office on foot for want of vehicles in the area saw 11 damaged buses, including an air-conditioned one, stranded on the west carriageway of the road from Hajipara CNG Refilling Station to Padma Movie House.Besides, the broken glasses of vehicles were found on both sides of the road from the mouth of Wapda Road in Rampura to the cinema hall.
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Story Links (About having a goal for points off turnovers) “Forty-two (laughs) No, I don’t have a goal. We missed it by five. There are enough statistics to worry about and that is not one of them we worry about.” (On the team forcing more turnovers): “I don’t think it’s a pack line (defense). I never should have said we were a pack line team. It’s taken a life of its own. It’s man-to-man defense. I think our guys are playing aggressive on the ball. We’re doing a better job of chesting the ballhandler when he’s driving down the lane. We’re not perfect. It’s not like we have 6-7, elite, athletic defenders. I mean Khwan (Fore), CC (Christen Cunningham), Ryan (McMahon), Darius (Perry) are small guys, but they’re doing a good job. Our threes and fours are doing a good job. Our fives are athletic enough to hedge on screens. I do think individually we’ve stepped on guarding the ball better. Sometimes when teams are over aggressive, they make more mistakes, quite honestly, than we force.” (On the large amount of turnovers with Markell Johnson out) “When you look down at our turnovers, I thought guys weren’t willing passers. We had the opportunity to make some plays, we had the opportunity to hit some open guys, and when we did we were successful. I thought when we dribbled and went one-on-one, that’s where our turnovers came from.” (On forcing turnovers) “Positioning, I think, for the most part. NC State’s used to playing quick. We talked about that a lot with our team. They play quick in the shot clock. They don’t necessarily reverse the ball side-to-side. So, if we can have some position off the ball and present a crowded floor and be tight in our gaps and do what we do, we felt like there could be some turnovers that, quite honestly, are unforced or simply because of our positioning. It’s not how we’re built. We’re not built to turn teams over. We try to keep the ball in front of us, which is a huge challenge when you play a team with the guys that they have. They’re down a man, he’s probably the best on their team at getting to the lane, so we’re fortunate to play an undermanned team tonight. And then, (redshirt senior guard) Torin Dorn is a tornado getting to the rim, so it’s a big challenge.” Chris Mack, UofL Head Coach(Opening Statement) “Start off by saying I think we beat a really good team. Told Kevin (Keatts) after the game, ‘He’s got some dogs. He’s got some junkyard dogs that play hard from the very beginning of the game to the end.’ When you can beat a team like that, you know you stepped up to the challenge because he’s got some dogs. Those guys play extremely hard. They play very confidently. They offensive rebound despite their size—this is the first time we’ve been hit like that on the offensive glass maybe since Michigan State, and it’s not like we didn’t address it. So, you tip your hat. I’m just glad that it wasn’t our demise, didn’t lead to us losing the game. We have to be better on the glass. Their style of play really tries to turn you over. For them to have more turnovers than we did, that was based on our positioning. I thought we kept the floor crowed as much as we could. They’re a big-time one-on-one team. Just guard your yard, guard that dude in front of you. Sometimes, they make tough shots, that’s why they’ve got a very good team. We feel very fortunate, us getting to the line 29 times, I know a few of those were down the stretch when they were fouling at the end. We thought with their aggressiveness and how often they foul, if we strong with the ball, we would have some opportunities to get to the line.” (On Ryan McMahon defense) “The charge at the end was awesome. We’ve been working really hard on to be there for our buddy. You can’t always keep the ball in front of you, they have good players on the other side they give out scholarships. We’ve run a lot of charge drills in practice. It was great to see Ryan had the presence of mind and the ability and the toughness to step over to take a charge. In what really was a critical moment a game-ending type play. We still had free throws to make and do what we needed to do but he made a big time play on the defensive end. He’s grown immensely.” (On what made it difficult to stop NC State from hitting three-pointers): “We have to cover their pick-and-roll and they run it every time down the floor. They put two guys in the far corners – you saw the game – they put what I call a paired side opposite the ball, five-man sets the ball screen and roll right down the middle. Whoever you help in on, they have more size than we do, outside of (Braxton) Beverly. So they’re looking over our guards and whoever you pinch in, help on the roll, they’re going to hit. And if you level hedge it or don’t extend your five-man too often, then they play downhill and they get in the lane and they draw fouls and they play drive-kick basketball. So we opt to push the ball as far as we can away from the basket so our three zoned-up defenders have more air time to cover whatever look happens. But when you spread the floor with four players that are terrific offensive players, it’s hard. It’s hard. But we did it well enough. And at the end we actually put our five-man on their three or four and they kept setting it with their five and we just switched it and we never felt like we had a speed mismatch.” (How was Louisville so successful getting to the foul line?) “I thought they drove it. I thought they were aggressive. Even when you look at it, I thought they started off early taking threes. In the first half, I want to say they made four three-pointers. They made four in the second, but I thought they were aggressive. And certainly, I have to go back and look at the film, because one of the things we’ve got to do is we’ve got to clean it up. We can’t put a team on the free throw line 29 times on their home floor.”(What was the game-plan against Jordan Nwora?) “I thought we did a good job against Jordan. We wanted to be there on the catch. What a year he’s having. He’s playing as good as anybody in the conference. As a matter of fact, he’s probably playing at an all-conference level. But we wanted to force him into tough shots, and beat him on the catch, and I told our guys did a great job with that.”(From watching film and then seeing him in action tonight, with Khwan Fore, what do you see him doing for them at the off-guard spot?) “When you look around college basketball, and we had a couple last year, and we’ve got a couple on our team this year. Those guys are changing the game. When you talk about graduates, guys who are a little bit older, who’ve been through it a little bit. For us last year, it was Al Freeman and it was Sam Hunt. Also, we’ve got a couple guys in Eric Lockett and Wyatt Walker and even Torin Dorn’s a fifth-year. He’s just playing his role. He understands he’s in a program where he wants to win. He understands that if he plays as a team and does a great job, then he will have the opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament. He’s big for them. I think he’s one of those guys who’s a great defender, makes shots and he’s playing great basketball.”(How close was Markell Johnson going?) “We put him through shoot around today, and I thought he was about 65 percent. Didn’t feel good about it. And I’ve said this to my folks all along: Until I feel that he’s 95 to 100 percent, he probably won’t play.” (On Khwan Fore’s night) “Khwan is that guy, he is a jack of all trades who does whatever the team asks. He makes big time plays. He guards the other team’s best player on the perimeter a lot of times. For a while there in the second half, State just went to full-court man-to-man pressure. Just because CC (Christen Cunningham) is our point guard, doesn’t mean all the other guys get to be let off the hook, sorry buddy you must dribble the ball up against pressure the entire second half. We have two options when a team is pressuring us like that in terms of our one and two getting open. We can throw the ball into them if they’re not in the zone press, or run and jump and whoever catches the ball clears everyone out. That was our way to get CC from really getting worn out from their full court pressure and it didn’t effect what we were doing on the other end.” (About offensive rebounding and second chance points) “I would tell you, the reason they didn’t convert a lot of them I thought a lot of them were 50/50 balls that weren’t right next to the basket. I think Walker got one, but our guards have to join the party they have to block out. Most teams don’t send but two guards to the offensive glass, NC State sends four guys, which first if we can get the rebound we can get up the floor and find ourselves in great advantages in transition, which we did. But, we had to do a better job of getting those 50/50 balls and longer rebounds and that’s probably why they didn’t convert necessarily to points.” (About NCSU missing Johnson and Mack saying he wouldn’t get another technical foul) “I didn’t, that’s fake news (laughs). I would tell you that we felt like State plays very, very quickly into the shot clock in the half court. I don’t know if it led to their turnovers but our whole thing was, come down that initial ball screen happens – they’re trying to strike off of it. And it may not be because you squeezed in and they got a shot off it, just a simple throwback to the man sort of replacing behind that ball screen, he goes one-on-one. We talked a lot about going one versus three, whoever has the ball it’s a big challenge keeping it in front of you and whoever was to your left and your right, just try to get as tight as you can without giving up a drive-kick to your own man. Sometimes when a floor is crowded and sticky, it hurts the other team, and NC State doesn’t practice that way. You have to understand, we all practice against ourselves everyday, so we see nothing but pack line we don’t see a lot of pressure defense. NC State conversely pressures all the time in practice, I’m sure they’re denying everywhere. So when a ball screen happens the floor is a lot more open for them in their practice and it just sort of builds habits. You can put non-scholarship, scout guys, walk-ons in there but it’s not going to simulate the athleticism and the size that they present when they’re pressuring or when were in our path.” (On the scouting report on Dwayne Sutton) “Dwayne’s been playing well. When you look at him, he’s changed his game a lot, he’s making threes now. We wanted to do a great job of keeping him in front. I thought our guys in the first half were more aggressive as far as attacking off the dribble and making the right play. Consequently, I thought he got some quick fouls.” Print Friendly Version [It was your first game back in the Yum Center since you left a few years ago. How did you feel, what were your nerves being on the other sideline for a change?) “I told everybody that this is my third time back. I brought my Wilmington team back here when we played Louisville a couple of years ago. And then we came back and played a tournament and played UMKC and also Utah Valley. This is a special place to play. When they made their run, I thought that they got loud. I thought that their guys fed off it. We turned the ball over a couple times and the crowd got involved in it. Certainly we wanted to try to keep the crowd off. But it’s a great arena with a great fan base.” (Louisville has been a good rebounding team this year, but you guys outrebounded them by 12. Is that a point of emphasis for you guys right now?) “We’ve a great rebounding team the entire year. We’ve done a great job especially on the offensive end and I thought my guys did a great job tonight getting 15 offensive rebounds. We do a good job going to the glass. It was a great game and I told you, when I look at it, my disappointment comes because we turned the ball over too much.” (On team’s performance) “I’ve got a couple of answers. I’ll start with (sophomore forward) Jordan (Nwora). Without watching the film, especially in the second half, I was really pleased that he didn’t let his offensive, maybe a down night for him, affect his intensity and being locked in on the defensive end, it didn’t affect him, which was huge for our team. I don’t know if he had the maturity two months ago, but that’s what it takes to win sometimes. You see a lot of articles, not saying that you people were writing them, that talks about us being a one-man show at times. He goes over 0-for-7, 3-for-12, which is for him, more the exception than the rule, and for us to do that and still win the game against a top-25 team says a lot about the other guys on our team that stepped up tonight. (Redshirt junior) Dwayne (Sutton) was tough because I felt like he never really got going. He did have a huge steal from behind. He did a great job playing with three fouls. We opted to sit him out early in the second half, not start him. We were going to go another four minutes, but by then, what are you saving him for? He’s probably going to feel like he’s never a part of the game, so he got around 16 minutes in the second half, but I don’t think he had a great night. He won’t be down in the mouth in the locker room, I can tell you that.” (On defending the high hedge) “Obviously, they do a great job and Chris (Mack) mixes defense up. He’s done a great job of switching one through five, and at times he splits it all with his five-man. We had some early success, and late in the second half, we didn’t get around the corner enough to find those guys.” (On whether Markell Johnson will play Saturday) “I don’t know. My main objective is to make sure of these student-athletes’ safety. If he doesn’t feel good about it and the doctors don’t feel good about it, he won’t play. Hard for me to make that determination right now. Certainly, we’re going to look at him again tomorrow, and we’ll try to throw him into limited action tomorrow for when we start preparing.”(On the team doing too much by rushing shots and committing offensive fouls) “I wouldn’t say too much. I didn’t think we shared the basketball. Coming in, we talked about, because they do a good job of pack line defense, making the extra pass. I thought we dribbled, dribbled. I told them, ‘You’ll get yourself in trouble when you dribble the basketball and you don’t make the extra pass.'” (On NC State defense in the paint against Louisville big men) “We tried to get it into the paint. We kept throwing it in there. We made that run at the end of the first half. We kept trying to feed it into Enoch. They had Helms at the four because their two fives were in foul trouble; and we want to beat that thing in there. You must understand they were extending so hard. They’re pressuring; it’s like when that quarterback drops back, you know the receiver is open down the field. Problem is you have three defensive tackles in your nose and that is how we felt a little bit. When we got it down there for the most part Steven (Enoch) was converting. We tried to In the second half, Steven has to catch it a little deeper, that’s not Malik’s strength right now. We had enough balance and we did what we could to work the ball down there. Give NC State credit for their pressure.” NC State Head Coach Kevin Keatts (Opening statement) “As I told my team after the game, another tough ACC battle. When you look at this game, what a great game it was. I thought both teams played extremely hard. Chris [Mack] has done a really good job with his team and the program where it’s at right now. The story of the game, for us, the big telltale for us was we turned the ball over 23 times, which is really not characteristic of us. And also Louisville was able to score 37 points off those turnovers. A big difference, I didn’t think we did a great job getting to the line, and we only had five points from the free throw line. So when you add all of that stuff into it, then surely you end up losing the game by seven points. But, great game. I like where my team is at. We’re playing hard and we certainly have done a great job at cleaning up some stuff. We’ve got a short turnaround before we play Clemson on Saturday.”
02Oct Landmark drugged driving legislation now headed to governor’s desk for consideration Ground-breaking legislation to help keep drugged drivers off Michigan streets by ensuring immediate jail time for repeat offenders and better communication between law enforcement agencies is now headed to the governor for consideration as new state laws, state Rep. Dan Lauwers announced.The Legislature today formally approved the drugged driving legislation, introduced by Lauwers, and will now send it to the governor for his signature. The measures place a conditional bond on drivers who are arrested for operating under the influence of drugs, put the bond into the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN), and require drugged motorists to be given a permit license similar to a drunken driving offense.“All Michigan motorists are better protected from drugged drivers under these landmark reforms,” said Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. “Drugged and drunken drivers should be treated the same under the law because they have the same capacity to harm innocent lives. The measures give police officers the tools necessary to know whether a driver has had any previous arrests for drugged driving, and get them off the streets.”On July 20, 2013, Russell Ward and Koby Raymo, both of Avoca, were killed in a head-on collision in St. Clair County when a pickup driven by Lisa Bergman crossed the center line. Bergman’s blood later tested positive for controlled substances. She had been pulled over six times since 2008 for operating under the influence of drugs, and at the time of the accident she had two pending cases.Police officers who had previously stopped Bergman didn’t realize she had multiple offenses because the citations were not in the LEIN system.“The legislation also serves as a preventative warning for motorists who may think they can get away with driving while high on drugs,” Lauwers said. “By closing this loophole in state law, we put these types of reprehensible drivers on notice that their behavior will no longer be tolerated in Michigan.”The drugged driving measures are House Bill 5385 and Senate Bill 863. Categories: Lauwers News