SPORTS IN BRIEF: UNI, Iowa State, Dennis Rodman
Northern Iowa defeats Evansville
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Matt Bohannon scored 17 points with 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range on Wednesday night as Northern Iowa earned its first road win of the season 80-53 over Evansville.
UNI shot 14 of 30 from 3-point range and capitalized on Evansville’s 11 first-half turnovers. The Panthers opened on a 15-4 run, led by as much as 22 in the first half and held a 43-24 advantage at break.
Bohannon made all five of his 3-pointers in the second half. His fourth 3-pointer with 9:55 to play put UNI up 67-33.
Seth Tuttle had 14 points and seven rebounds for the UNI (8-7, 2-1 Missouri Valley) and Wes Washpun scored 12.
Blake Simmons finished with 16 points, the only double-digit scorer for Evansville (7-9, 0-3). D.J. Balentine entered the game averaging 22.7 points per game for the Aces, but finished with only eight points — his first single-digit game of the year.
No. 11 Iowa State routs Texas Tech
AMES (AP) — Hallie Christofferson scored 22 points and No. 11 Iowa State won its third straight Big 12 Conference game with a 74-48 victory over Texas Tech Wednesday night.
Christofferson shot 7 of 10 from the floor and 6 of 6 from the free-throw line. Brynn Williamson added 11 points and Seanna Johnson scored 10 as Iowa State extended its school record for best start to a season and longest winning streak in program history. The Cyclones (14-0, 3-0) only missed one of their 17 free throws.
Texas Tech (6-8, 0-3) was held to just 16 first-half points. The Raiders scored twice as many points after the break (32), but could not overcome the 21-point first half deficit.
Marina Lizarazu led Texas Tech with 10 points and was the only Lady Raider to score in double digits. Texas Tech combined for just six assists and shot 1 of 10 from 3-point range.
Rodman apologizes for comments on jailed American
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for comments he made in North Korea about a detained American missionary, saying he had been drinking and was under pressure as he organized a game with former NBA players.
The former basketball star issued the apology through publicist Jules Feiler in an email message to The Associated Press, a day after he sang “Happy Birthday” to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the start of the friendly game.
Rodman has been slammed for not using his influence with Kim to help free Kenneth Bae, the missionary in poor health who is being confined in North Korea for “anti-state” crimes. In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Rodman implied Bae was at fault.
“I want to apologize,” Rodman said Thursday. “I take full responsibility for my actions. It had been a very stressful day. Some of my teammates were leaving because of pressure from their families and business associates. My dreams of basketball diplomacy was quickly falling apart. I had been drinking. It’s not an excuse but by the time the interview happened I was upset. I was overwhelmed. It’s not an excuse, it’s just the truth.”
Rodman said he wanted to apologize first to Bae’s family. “I’m very sorry. At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I’m truly sorry.”
In the interview, Rodman was asked whether he would raise the issue of Bae during his visit.
“Kenneth Bae did one thing,” Rodman replied. “If you understand what Kenneth Bae did — do you understand what he did in this country?”
Asked to explain, Rodman declined to respond.
Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary and tour operator based in China, has been detained for more than a year. North Korea sees missionary work as a threat to its authoritarian government.
Bae’s sister, Terri Chung, said his family couldn’t believe what Rodman had said.
“Here’s somebody who is in a position to do some good for Kenneth and refuses to do so,” Chung told KOMO Radio in Seattle on Wednesday. “And then after the fact, instead, he decides to hurl these unqualified accusations against Kenneth. It’s clear he has no idea what he’s talking about. I’m not sure who he’s talking to, where he’s getting his information, but he’s certainly no authority on Kenneth Bae.”