BRIEFS

Bus available for Friday night

STEUBENVILLE — The Big Red Boosters Club is sponsoring a bus to Friday night’s Division IV, Region 13 final between Big Red and Perry.

The bus will leave at 5 p.m. on Friday. Seats are first-come, first-served. Seats may be secured by contacting Bill Walters or Nino Suriano at (740) 264-7548 or by attending today’s meeting at 6 p.m. at the field house.

Franciscan picked 8th in poll

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — In the annual preseason coaches poll of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference coaches, the Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s basketball team was picked to finish eighth in the conference, the league announced Monday.

After tying for second place in the conference a season ago, La Roche College and Penn StateBehrend pick up the top two spots in the 2017 AMCC Men’s Basketball preseason poll. In a close race for the top, it was La Roche who edged out Behrend for preseason bragging rights. Medaille College was chosen by league coaches to finish third in a preseason poll that only saw three votes separating the top three teams.

Grand Canyon tops Robert Morris

PHOENIX — Joshua Braun hit 4 of 7 shots from behind the bonus arc and scored 20 points as Grand Canyon won its ninth straight game dating back to last season, knocking off Robert Morris, 75-61 Monday night.

The effort moved Braun into first-place all-time at GCU with 199 career 3-pointers. He surpassed Richard Davis, who hit 197 from 2005-07.

The Antelopes beat Florida A&M in their opener Friday night, 67-51. Monday night they built an early lead, taking a 48-28 advantage into intermission.

Casey Benson hit 8 of 10 from the free throw line and finished with 17 points for Grand Canyon and Oscar Frayer contributed 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

The Colonials (0-2) lost at Ohio State in their opener, 95-64, and shot just 33.0 percent from the field (21 of 62), including 4 of 20 from long range. Dachon Burke led the effort with 15 points.

Panthers hammer Dolphins, 45-21

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton threw for 254 yards and four touchdowns, rookie Christian McCaffrey scored touchdowns rushing and receiving, and the Carolina Panthers crushed the Miami Dolphins 45-21 on Monday night for their third straight victory.

Jonathan Stewart ran for a season-high 110 yards and Newton added 95, including a 69-yard jaunt on a read option, as the Panthers racked up 294 yards on the ground.

Carolina set a franchise record with 548 yards from scrimmage.

Devin Funchess caught five passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers (7-3) remained a half-game behind the NFC South division leading Saints.

The Dolphins (4-5) have lost three straight.

The game turned with 41 seconds left in the first half when Luke Kuechly intercepted Jay Cutler with Carolina leading 10-7. Four plays later, Newton connected with Ed Dickson on a 7-yard touchdown pass, the first of five straight Carolina touchdown drives.

Notre Dame rolls

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Bonzie Colson had 27 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks while No. 13 Notre Dame shook off a choppy opening half to roll past Mount St. Mary’s 88-62 in the Irish’s home opener Monday night.

It was the 25th career double-double of his career. Rex Pflueger added his first with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Matt Farrell chipped in 12 points and five assists as ND improved to 18-0 in home debuts under coach Mike Brey.

Colson, an Associated Press preseason All-American, went 11-of-15 from the field and 4-of-4 at the line.

Junior Robinson, the Mountaineers’ 5-foot-5 senior guard, led the visitors with 14 points, but had just two after halftime. Freshman Bobby Planutis added 11 points and seven boards.

The Irish led just 40-32 at the intermission, but scored the first 14 points of the second half to seize control. They trailed 23-20 before going on an 11-0 run ignited by Colson’s offensive-rebound slam at the 5:56 mark.

Plueger added back-to-back steals for baskets as part of the spurt and Notre Dame never relinquished the lead.

From staff and wire reports

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