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The bigger picture: After etching his name in Indiana high school basketball record books, Al Gooden knows his coaching has a larger purpose

 In his seventh season as head coach of Lawrence Central High School boys’ basketball, Al Gooden made history. He became the first African American high school boys’ basketball coach in Indiana to reach 500 wins when the Bears defeated Decatur Central 58-38 in the Marion County Tournament Jan. 12.  


Ball State Cardinals sophomore guard Sydney Freeman catches a rebound Dec. 2, 2020, at John E. Worthen Arena. Freeman scored 11 points against the Eagles. Jacob Musselman, DN
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Bred into a winning culture: Sydney Freeman has brought her winning ways from Central Noble High School to Ball State

 Freeman is most remembered for her involvement in the turnaround of Central Noble High School Girls’ Basketball. The Cougars had not won more than five games since the 2009-10 season, but Freeman took the team from one of the worst in the state to one of the most dominant teams, beginning with her arrival in 2015. The Cougars finished 18-7 her freshman season before going 23-5 her junior season and 27-1 her senior season.  



Ball State Cardinals redshirt senior forward Brachen Hazen shoots the ball Feb. 16, 2021, at John E. Worthen Arena. The Cardinals lost to the Falcons 62-75. Madelyn Guinn, DN
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Cardinals can't put together complete game in loss to Akron

  Ball State Men's Basketball could not produce a complete game in its 88-79 loss to Akron. At the half, the Cardinals held a six-point lead. However, the script flipped in the second half when the Zips outscored the Cardinals 58-43 in the second half. Whitford liked what he saw in that first half but thinks the issue concerns the complete game as a whole. 








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