by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Mar 10 2014 9:54AM
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State has won its 12th Big 12 wrestling championship and its 48th conference wrestling title.
The Cowboys finished Saturday's championship hosted by the University of Oklahoma in Norman with six individual conference champions to outscore second-place Oklahoma 98.5 to 63.5 for the championship. Iowa State finished third and West Virginia was fourth.
OSU's Jon Morrison; Anthony Collica; Alex Dieringer; Taylor Caldwell; Chris Perry; and Austin Marsden won individual titles.
OU's Jarrod Patterson and Kendric Maple also won individual titles as did Iowa State's Lelund Weatherspoon and Kyven Gadson.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Mar 9 2014 9:53AM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rachel Theriot scored 19 of her 24 points in the second half Sunday, leading No. 16 Nebraska past No. 23 Iowa 72-65 for the Big Ten tournament title.
It's the first time the Cornhuskers (25-6) have ever won a conference tourney crown, clinching the league's automatic NCAA tournament bid. Nebraska also posted its second straight 25-win season and is tied for the second most victories in school history. The Cornhuskers head into the postseason with plenty of momentum after winning 12 of 13.
Iowa (26-8) was led by Ally Disterhoft with 20 points and Samantha Logic with 14 but had a six-game winning streak snapped.
Nebraska never trailed, though Iowa closed to 57-56 with 7:43 to play. Theriot, the tourney's most outstanding player, helped Nebraska pull away with an 8-3 run.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Mar 9 2014 9:52AM
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Iowa State senior forward Melvin Ejim has been selected as the Big 12's player of the year by the league's coaches.
Ejim was second in the league with both his 18.2 points and 8.6 rebounds a game.
The All-Big 12 awards selected by the 10 coaches were announced Sunday.
A pair of Kansas freshmen earned individual awards, with Andrew Wiggins voted the top freshman and 7-foot Joel Embiid the defensive player of the year. Iowa State guard DeAndre Kane was chosen as the newcomer of the year, and Texas' Rick Barnes is coach of the year.
Joining Ejim, Kane and Wiggins on the All-Big 12 first team are Oklahoma State sophomore guard Marcus Smart and West Virginia junior guard Juwan Staten.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Mar 6 2014 10:00AM
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Keith Appling scored in double figures for the first time in more than five weeks and Michigan State looked healthier than it had in months.
That was all it took for the 22nd-ranked Spartans to dominate the second half and earn an 86-76 victory over No. 24 Iowa on Thursday night.
Appling showed his old aggressiveness before hip and wrist injuries, scoring 12 points for the Spartans (23-7, 12-5 Big Ten).
"I'd like to thank all the fans for sticking with us," Appling said in a postgame Senior Night celebration. "It has been a long season. But I hope to see you all at the Final Four in Dallas."
Travis Trice, Appling's backup, was 3 for 4 from 3-point range and had 16 points, while Adreian Payne added 14 points in his final home game.
"We've got to get on the road now and get to the Final Four," Payne said of a goal achieved by every other four-year class in coach Tom Izzo's 19 seasons. "There have been a lot of excuses. Now, it's time to man-up and do what we need to do."
Denzel Valentine had 13 points and nine assists for Michigan State, which looked a lot like the team that is 19-2 with a healthy Branden Dawson in the lineup.
"We've been through a hell of a lot," Izzo said. "But I said if we can catch fire the way we did in the second half, look out."
Roy Devyn Marble had 24 points for Iowa (20-10, 9-8) which has continued to struggle on defense and is 1-4 over the past two weeks.
"I don't think it had a lot to do with a lack of energy," Marble said. "I think we played hard. We just didn't take care of the intangibles."
Michigan State shot 58.3 percent from the field and 58.8 percent from 3-point range, while outscoring Iowa 20-13 at the free throw line, something the Spartans hadn't done in a 4-6 swoon.
"You've got to give them credit," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. "They were making them. They were shooting them in rhythm. Some of them were tough. But some of them were wide open, so that's our fault."
The crowd came alive early in the second half when Appling hit a free throw and drove the baseline for a reverse layup in traffic. A tough-angle bank shot by Gary Harris put Michigan State up by five points and forced an Iowa timeout.
Appling's steal and layup made it 48-43 before a drive by Marble ended a 11-0 run. But Breslin Center erupted seconds later when the Spartans took an eight-point lead on a 3-pointer Appling wouldn't have tried for several weeks while his right wrist was bothering him.
"The fans really took some ownership with him," Izzo said. "When I saw everyone in the upper deck rise up after he hit that 3, I told him, 'Everyone in this building has your back.'"
Iowa cut the deficit to two points as Aaron White scored his first two baskets of the game, only to see Michigan State answer with a 7-0 run. Matt Costello's four free throws sandwiched a 3-pointer by Kenny Kaminski and made it 60-51.
After the taller Hawkeyes drew within five points, Trice built the lead to 13 on two 3s and a 10-foot floater as the shot clock expired. When Appling dribbled through a zone press and flipped an alley-oop pass to Dawson the lead grew to 72-59.
Four free throws by Trice — two after a technical foul on McCaffery — ended all the suspense. After a double-foul skirmish that led to a long check of the monitor, Appling's second 3 gave the crowd one more reason to stick around for postgame festivities honoring the seniors.
"It felt good to finally be close to 100 percent," Appling said. "In the locker room at halftime, I kind of got an earful from (Izzo), and I wanted to respond in a positive way."
The Spartans got off to a much better start than they did last Saturday in a 53-46 loss to Illinois. Valentine was in reach of a triple-double by halftime with 10 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Harris added 10 early points on 4-for-5 shooting and helped his team go up by six points, the biggest lead for either team in the first 20 minutes.
"Throughout these weeks and months, with all the injuries we've had, it felt good to play with everybody," Valentine said. "Everybody was happy before the game. We weren't stressed about who's going to do this and who's going to do that."
But the Hawkeyes chipped away and led 41-39 at halftime behind Marble's 16 points and three assists. The Michigan native was 7 of 10 from the field, using step-back moves to create all the space he needed.
Iowa had 11 points off turnovers in the first half and had a 14-6 edge in bench points, enough to counteract Michigan State's 62.5 percent shooting from long range. That would change in the second half as the Spartans avoided their fifth home loss this season.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Mar 6 2014 9:59AM
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State senior guard Bubu Palo says he might petition the NCAA for a hardship waiver that would allow him to transfer to another school and play one more season.
Palo missed much of 2013-14 after being dismissed from the team following sexual assault charges that were later dropped. Palo was reinstated by a district court judge in January, but he hasn't played this season.
Palo says he and coach Fred Hoiberg have discussed the possibility of a waiver, adding that he might sit out Saturday's home finale against Oklahoma State to aid those efforts.
Palo redshirted as a freshman in 2009-10 and was suspended for 18 games in 2012-13. He will be honored in pre-game festivities for Iowa State's seniors on Saturday.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Mar 6 2014 9:58AM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Bethany Doolittle scored a career-high 26 points, hitting 10 of 14 shots, as fifth-seeded and 23rd-ranked Iowa defeat Illinois 81-62 in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday.
Melissa Dixon added 15 points and Ally Disterhoft 14 with 12 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (24-7), who face No. 17 Purdue (21-7), the fourth seed, in the quarterfinals Friday.
Amber Moore had 26 points for the Illini (9-21), who have lost 11 straight). Ivory Crawford had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Iowa opened the game with an 11-2 run and after Illinois regrouped to take a 27-26 lead, the Hawkeyes closed the half with a 15-2 surge for a 41-29 lead.
Iowa shot 54 percent from the field, made 21 of 26 free throw and had a 45-31 rebounding edge to offset 24 turnovers. The Illini shot just 32 percent and got to the line 14 times, making 10.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Mar 6 2014 9:51AM
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The last school to go unbeaten in the regular season, St. Joseph's in 2004, lost its first game in the Atlantic 10 tournament by 20 points to Xavier.
Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall plans on throwing that factoid at his players before the Missouri Valley Tournament. The reminder: No one's invincible, but it's also not the end of the world if they lose. St. Joseph's advanced to the East Regional in 2004 before losing to Oklahoma State.
Indiana State (21-9, 12-6) and Northern Iowa (16-14, 10-8) are the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds in a field with one marquee entrant playing for a potential No. 1 NCAA tournament seed.
The second-ranked Shockers are 31-0 overall. They will play the winner of the Drake-Evansville game Friday.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Mar 6 2014 9:50AM
The Big Ten women's basketball tournament starts Thursday in Indianapolis with four games.
Regular-season co-champions Penn State (22-6) and Michigan State (21-8), along with Nebraska (22-6) and Purdue (21-7), have earned the top four seeds for the second straight year.
Purdue, which has won six straight games, is the two-time defending champion. The Boilermakers have put together their longest win streak of the season, and the longest current streak in the Big Ten, without injured point guard KK Houser.
Indiana (18-11) plays Ohio State (15-17) in the tournament opener. Other games Thursday match Iowa (23-7) against Illinois (9-20), Michigan (17-12) against Northwestern (15-14) and Minnesota (19-11) against Wisconsin (10-18).
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Mar 2 2014 10:32AM
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Theairra Taylor scored 17 points and Ally Disterhoft added 14 more to propel No. 25 Iowa to an 81-56 rout over Illinois on Sunday.
Leading by 18 at the break, Iowa (23-7, 11-5 Big Ten) continued to pull away in the second half, using a 23-3 run bookended by a Bethany Doolittle layup and a Taylor jumper to take its largest lead of the game, 65-30 with 9:57 to go. The Hawkeyes then protected the advantage down the stretch.
Samantha Logic contributed 12 points and seven rebounds and Doolittle had 11 points for Iowa, which hit 27 of 48 (56 percent) from the field, including 11 of 27 from 3-point range, in its third straight win. Logic also had five assists, giving her a career total of 577 to set a program record.
Illinois (9-20, 2-14) was led by Amber Moore, who scored 14 points.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Mar 2 2014 10:31AM
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — It was a game the reeling Hawkeyes had to have.
Senior Roy Devyn Marble made sure they didn't blow it.
Marble scored 21 points with five assists, four steals and no turnovers and No. 20 Iowa snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Purdue 83-76 on Sunday.
Aaron White and Mike Gesell added 15 points each for the Hawkeyes (20-9, 9-7 Big Ten), who have recorded consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in eight years.
Iowa blew a 13-point halftime lead, but an 8-0 run put the Hawkeyes back ahead 68-64 with 5:56 left, and Gesell hit five free throws in the final 41 seconds.
But it took yet another huge effort by Marble for the Hawkeyes to narrowly avoid losing their fourth home game in five tries.
"He's carrying this team. His consistency is amazing at both ends of the floor. He doesn't rattle," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said of Marble. "I think what you're seeing is a guy that is playing with a great level of confidence due to the fact that he's taking full advantage of his experience."
Rapheal Davis scored a career-high 18 points and A.J. Hammons had 16 points with 14 rebounds for Purdue (15-14, 5-11), which is on its second four-game losing streak in conference play.
The Boilermakers committed 16 turnovers, and a number of them came in crucial moments in the second half.
"We just have to do a better job of, when we get key opportunities, taking care of the ball," coach Matt Painter said.
The Hawkeyes closed the first half on a 15-5 run and appeared to be just a few plays away from burying the Boilermakers.
Purdue responded with a spurt that threatened to send Iowa tumbling to its fourth straight loss.
The Boilermakers outscored Iowa 27-10 to open the second half, as the Hawkeyes again suffered through the defensive woes that marked road losses at Minnesota and Indiana.
White steadied Iowa with a rare 3-pointer and two free throws, and the Hawkeyes held Purdue without a point for over 6 minutes in building a 68-64 lead. Marble then attacked Hammons in the paint for a crucial three-point play toward the end of the shot clock that gave Iowa a 75-70 lead with 2:39 to go.
"That was gut-check time. 64-60. What's it going to be? Is it going to be another close game like the other ones? Are we going to execute down the stretch, or are we going to turn the ball over and not get stops?" White said. "We executed. Got to the line, made our free throws and we needed that."
Sunday's game capped a stretch of four games in eight days for the Hawkeyes, who followed a scheduled bye week with another game forced upon them by a postponement at Indiana.
Iowa didn't exactly respond well to its scheduling adversity.
The Hawkeyes lost 79-74 at home to Wisconsin before the defeats against the Gophers and Hoosiers — who are both below .500 in the Big Ten.
Purdue was coming off a brutal overtime loss to league-leading Michigan, as Glenn Robinson III banked in the game-winner at the buzzer.
Both teams looked like they were worn out early. But the Hawkeyes got a boost from their bench, which scored 15 points in the first half, and Marble followed a fadeaway 3 with a layup to help put Iowa ahead 50-37.
The Boilermakers needed less than 5 minutes to get the deficit down to 52-49 — a run that sandwiched a stern tongue lashing from McCaffery to the Hawkeyes — and a 3 by Kendall Stephens tied it at 60 with 12:25 left.
But Purdue allowed Iowa to finish the game on a 23-12 run.
"We had some good looks at the basket when we did get shots. We turned the ball over way too much," Painter said. "A couple of them were just not catching the basketball. The other ones were just poor decisions."
Stephens and Errick Peck had 12 points each for Purdue, which unwittingly helped Marble's push for Big Ten Player of the Year honors.
"Nobody has been asked to do more," McCaffery said. "I play him at (shooting guard). I play him at (point guard). I play him at (small forward). He guards bigger guys. He guards smaller guys ... he plays a ton of minutes. He's going to have the ball late. I think he's the guy."
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Mar 1 2014 10:30AM
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Shane Southwell had 13 points and Kansas State overcame a huge game by Iowa State star Melvin Ejim to beat the 15th-ranked Cyclones 80-73 on Saturday night.
Thomas Gipson and D.J. Johnson added 12 points apiece for the Wildcats (20-9, 10-6 Big 12), who can still earn the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. They play at Oklahoma State on Monday and then host Baylor on Saturday to end the regular season.
Kansas State has won 15 straight at Bramlage Coliseum, its longest home winning streak since the 1981-82 season.
Ejim had 30 points and 16 rebounds, and DeAndre Kane added 24 points and eight rebounds to pace the Cyclones (22-6, 10-6).
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Mar 1 2014 10:29AM
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Isaiah Cousins scored a career-high 24 points and Oklahoma gained ground in the race for second place in the Big 12 with a 77-65 win over No. 24 Texas on Saturday.
Buddy Hield hit four 3-pointers and scored 17 points for Oklahoma (21-8, 10-6), which entered the game in a four-way battle with Texas (21-8, 10-6), Kansas State and Iowa State behind Kansas.
After Saturday, all four teams will have two games remaining.
Oklahoma committed a season-low seven turnovers while completing a regular-season sweep of the Longhorns. The Sooners have won three of the last four games in the series after Texas had won 12 of the previous 15.
Cameron Ridley had his eighth double-double of the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds for Texas, which has lost three of its last four games after winning nine of its previous 10, all in league play.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Mar 1 2014 10:29AM
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Richard Carter, who finished with 18 points, hit a jump shot and made two free throws in the final 14 seconds to give Drake a 71-66 victory over Bradley Saturday.
Bradley had a 37-26 halftime lead, but Drake started the second half with a 16-4 run to take the lead 42-41 with 14:32 remaining. The teams exchanged the lead until a Carter free throw with 3:39 left gave Drake a 64-63 advantage. Chris Caird hit a 3-point jumper for a 67-63 lead at the 2:58 mark. Walt Lemon Jr. dunked to close to 67-66 but Carter closed the door with his four points in the final seconds.
Aaron Hawley led Drake (15-15, 6-12 Missouri Valley Conference) with 23 points, hitting 5 of 8 3-point attempts.
Bradley (12-19, 7-11), which has now lost five of its last six games, was led by Lemon, Jr with 20 points.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Feb 28 2014 10:03AM
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Theairra Taylor scored 21 points Thursday night and No. 25 Iowa pulled away in the second half to beat Ohio State 65-61.
Melissa Dixon scored 14, Bethany Doolittle 12, and Iowa (22-7, 10-5 Big Ten) forced 21 turnovers and had 15 steals. Ohio State (15-16, 5-10) outshot the Hawkeyes 46.2 percent to 41.7 percent from the field, 33.3 percent to 29.4 percent from distance, and 66.7 percent to 55.6 percent from the free-throw line.
The Buckeyes at one point led by five and the lead changed hands 10 times until Doolittle's jumper with 10 seconds to play gave Iowa a 36-34 halftime edge.
Taylor's free throws in the second half sparked a 9-2 run for a 61-55 Iowa lead. Ohio State's Ameryst Alston made it a two-point game with a layup, but Taylor hit consecutive layups for the win.
Alston led Iowa with 18 and Ashley Adams scored 12.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Feb 28 2014 10:03AM
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Will Sheehey scored 19 of his career-high 30 points in the first half and Stanford Robinson added a career-best 17 to lead Indiana over No. 20 Iowa 93-86 on Thursday night in a game that was postponed last week.
The Hoosiers (16-12, 6-9 Big Ten) went on a 9-0 run in the second half, capped by a 3-pointer from Evan Gordon that gave them a 62-60 lead with 13:13 remaining.
Roy Devyn Marble had 20 points and Aaron White added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (19-9, 8-7), who have lost three straight.
The Hoosiers scored six straight points to take a 77-69 lead when Robinson converted a three-point play. Sheehey dunked to give Indiana an 82-73 advantage with 1:35 remaining.
The game originally was slated for last week but was postponed after an 8-foot, 50-pound steel plate fell from the ceiling of Assembly Hall about 6½ hours before the scheduled start.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Feb 28 2014 10:02AM
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — After two months spent mostly bludgeoning each other into submission, coaches in the Big 12 are starting to cast a wary eye toward the NCAA tournament.
While other conferences may have a handful of standout teams, there are usually a few bottom-dwellers that everybody else can use to pad their records. That's not the case in the Big 12, with its grueling double round-robin schedule, where even good teams are piling up losses.
Kansas, Iowa State, Oklahoma and Texas are almost certainly locks for the NCAA tournament, and Kansas State has a strong resume. Baylor and Oklahoma State are sitting on the bubble, two teams that were ranked in the top 10 at one point this season.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Feb 27 2014 11:35AM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart does not consider the Daytona 500 a disaster, despite the engine problems that spoiled his return from a broken right leg.
The three-time NASCAR champion wound up 35th in the season-opening race, but logged enough laps during Speedweeks that he's confident he's ready for the upcoming stretch of seven consecutive races. Stewart missed the final 15 races last year after breaking his leg in two places during a sprint car crash in Iowa.
His first time back in a race car was Feb. 14, the day before he competed in the exhibition Sprint Unlimited. He also raced in the Budweiser Duel before the 500, giving him 672 miles of racing in three events.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Feb 27 2014 10:17AM
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A woman accused of abducting her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him outside a gas station in Iowa has pleaded not guilty to a federal kidnapping charge.
Prosecutors say Kristen Smith of Aurora, Colo., kidnapped four-day-old Kayden Powell from the Town of Beloit home where the boy's parents were staying earlier this month.
Police arrested her at an Iowa gas station hours later and discovered the baby in a crate outside another nearby gas station the next morning. The child was alive and well despite being left in frigid temperatures for more than 24 hours.
A federal grand jury indicted her on a kidnapping count last week. She pleaded not guilty to the charge on Wednesday.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker scheduled her trial to begin on June 23.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Feb 27 2014 10:16AM
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The University of Northern Iowa is seeking the assistance of police, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service to investigate after several employees have reported problems with filing tax returns.
More than 50 employees have reported irregularities. Some report their tax returns were filed by someone else and others have received a refund without filing a return.
The university was first notified on Feb. 6 and created a task force to investigate.
University spokesman Scott Ketelsen says no data breach has been identified in university systems but UNI is offering employees free credit monitoring. He says no students have reported problems.
Oakland University in Michigan and the University of Maryland report similar circumstances and Arkansas State University had the same problem last February.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Feb 27 2014 10:14AM
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Burlington couple knew their son was molesting his brothers and sisters but did nothing about it.
The two were charged Wednesday with two counts each of child endangerment. Their 20-year-old son on Tuesday was charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Des Moines County Jail records say all three remained in custody on Thursday.
The Associated Press is not using their names, in order to protect the privacy of the other children.
Police say the 20-year-old told investigators on Monday that he had molested eight of his brothers and sisters for the past eight or nine years. He says he asked his parents for help, but they didn't help and still let him share a room with his brothers.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department,posted Feb 27 2014 10:11AM
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is returning to Iowa for a two-day visit that includes stops in the Des Moines suburbs and a meeting with business leaders in Davenport.
Perry will be interviewed Thursday by a media panel in Johnston for a public affairs show on Iowa Public Television. He'll meet later in the day with Republican activists at a GOP campaign office in Urbandale.
On Friday, he will meet privately with about a dozen business leaders in Davenport. That event is sponsored by Americans For Prosperity, a group backed by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.
It will be Perry's first visit to Iowa since last November.
He's frequently mentioned as a potential presidential candidate but hasn't announced his plans. He failed in a 2012 bid for the GOP nomination.