Butler puts away Manchester with 100-41 rout
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Kellen Dunham scored 15 points and Khyle Marshall added 14 Monday night, leading Butler to a record-setting 100-41 over Manchester.
The 59-point margin broke the school's modern-day mark for most lopsided victory. The previous record came in an 87-33 win over Indiana-South Bend on Nov. 2, 2008.
Butler (7-2) also reached the 100-point mark for the first time in more than 12 years, improving to 5-0 at home and 6-0 in games played in Indiana this season.
Manchester (1-8), an NCAA Division III school, just couldn't match up with bigger, stronger Butler as it lost for the fourth straight time.
Brady Dolezal scored 14 points to lead the Spartans but none of his teammates reached double figures.
Butler seized control over the final 12 minutes of the first half, outscoring Manchester 33-12 to take a 48-24 halftime lead.
COLTS-LOSING BIG MO
AFC South winners seeking momentum for playoffs
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Colts have clinched the AFC South title. They're a long way from where they need to be.
Sunday's 42-28 loss at Cincinnati, their third loss in five games, exposed even more flaws.
Again, Indianapolis (8-5) started slowly. Again, it struggled to run the ball. And again, the rebuilt defense couldn't keep an opponent out of the end zone.
While the offense has taken the brunt of the criticism for being outscored 114-24 during the first halves of the last six games, the defense has allowed 31.8 points per game during those six outings.
Both are areas that need drastic improvement before Indy hosts its first playoff game since releasing Peyton Manning.
Notre Dame pulls away late, tops Bryant 70-59
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Jerian Grant hit a late 3-pointer and scored 23 points Monday to help Notre Dame scrap out a win over Bryant, 70-59 in the second round of the Gotham Classic at Purcell Pavilion.
Two days after pumping in 25 and knocking down two late jumpers to hold off Delaware, Grant drilled a three from the left corner with 1:28 to play, then blocked a Dyami Starks shot on the other end.
Pat Connaughton had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Irish (7-2) and Garrick Sherman also chipped in a double-double with 14 points and 13 boards.
Alex Francis scored 17 points and Joe O'Shea finished with 13 for Bryant (6-4). Starks, the Bulldogs' leading scorer at 23.4 points per game coming in, had 12.
NFL calls replay reversal 'judgment' call
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Colts coach Chuck Pagano isn't looking for an apology over Jeff Triplette's latest officiating controversy.
One day after the ref reversed a call on fourth-and-goal, giving the Bengals a touchdown at the end of the first half instead of the Colts a stop, Pagano says he's still waiting to hear from the NFL.
Triplette made the change after he said the replay showed BenJarvus Green-Ellis was not touched after he stumbled to the ground short of the goal line - even though it appeared Colts nose tackle Josh Chapman tripped up Green-Ellis in the backfield. Green-Ellis then bounced into the end zone.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello explains in an email to The Associated Press that it was a "judgment call."
The debate comes one week after the NFL said Triplette's crew made a mistake in the Giants-Redskins game.
Bears beat Cowboys 45-28 on Ditka Day
CHICAGO (AP) - Josh McCown threw for a career-high four touchdowns, and the Chicago Bears scored on their first eight possessions to grab a share of the NFC North lead with a 45-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on a frigid Monday night.
The Bears (7-6) retired Hall of Famer Mike Ditka's number at halftime and pulled even with Detroit in the division race on a night when the wind chill factor was below zero. Dallas (7-6) fell a game behind Philadelphia in the NFC East.
The conditions didn't stop McCown from throwing for 348 yards or keep the Bears from running away with a lopsided victory after consecutive losses.
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