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NCAA Hoops: Cooley leads Notre Dame over USF

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NCAA Hoops: Cooley leads Notre Dame over USF

Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011
Posted 1:22 p.m. Updated 11:16 p.m.

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. Jack Cooley came off the bench during an early 22-0 run and finished with a career-high 18 points, leading No. 8 Notre Dame to a 78-55 rout of South Florida on Saturday.

The victory is the seventh straight for the Fighting Irish (21-4, 10-3), who have won three straight Big East road games for the first time in 10 years.

Cooley made his first nine shots giving him a stretch of 14 consecutive field goals over two games before missing a 15-footer in the closing minutes.

Carleton Scott scored 13 points and Ben Hansbrough and Tim Abromaitis had 12 apiece for Notre Dame, which had six players score in double figures.

Shaun Noriega led South Florida (8-18, 2-11) with a career-best 23 points.

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Simms-Edwards leads Bradley past Evansville 68-54

PEORIA, Ill. - Dyricus Simms-Edwards scored 25 points to lead Bradley to a 68-54 victory over Evansville on Saturday night.

Bradley's Andrew Warren added 17 points, including 3 of 4 on 3-pointers, before fouling out. Dodie Dunson scored 12 points for the Braves (9-17, 3-12 Missouri Valley), who have won three of four following an 11-game losing streak.

Colt Ryan scored 14 points to pace the Purple Aces (14-11, 8-7), who have dropped eight straight in Peoria. Ryan went 2 of 6 from 3-point range, but his teammates were 0-for-7.

Simms-Edwards converted 9 of 16, including two 3-pointers, and tied Will Egolf with eight rebounds each.

The Braves ran off 12 consecutive points for a 28-19 edge before the Purple Aces answered with eight in a row. Bradley took a 32-29 lead into halftime and extended it to 44-35 on Warren's three-point play.

Evansville got no closer than six after that.

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No. 25 West Virginia beats DePaul 82-71

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - John Flowers led West Virginia's balanced offense with 15 points and the 25th-ranked Mountaineers never trailed in beating DePaul 82-71 on Saturday.

Deniz Kilicli and Joe Mazzulla added 12 points apiece and Casey Mitchell and Truck Bryant both scored 11 for West Virginia (16-8, 7-5 Big East).

Brandon Young led DePaul (6-18, 0-12) with 14 points, while Jimmy Drew added 13 and Krys Faber and Tony Freeland both had 11.

The Mountaineers' offense woke up after averaging 58 points in their six previous games, surpassing that figure midway through the second half.

West Virginia needed a win against the league's worst team to bolster its confidence following consecutive losses to No. 9 Villanova and No. 4 Pittsburgh.

Another loss would have sent West Virginia tumbling to 11th place in the conference. Instead, the Mountaineers improved to sixth, just ahead of No. 12 Syracuse.

Five of the Mountaineers' six remaining regular-season games are against ranked teams, including Monday, at Syracuse.

The last time DePaul and West Virginia met on Jan. 4, the Mountaineers blew a 14-point lead in the second half and held on for a 67-65 road win behind Mitchell's 18 points.

DePaul had no such luck cutting into a double-digit deficit this time.

West Virginia had its highest first-half output of the season but needed some time to extend a 13-point halftime lead. The Mountaineers made just four field goals over the first 10 minutes of the second half, and Michael Bizoukas made a layup to cut DePaul's deficit to 59-48.

Jeremiah Kelly's 3-pointer with 2:48 left brought the Blue Demons within 74-67, but DePaul scored just four points the rest of the game.

West Virginia went 6 of 6 from the free throw line after that and Flowers' dunk with 49 seconds left sealed it.

West Virginia outscored DePaul 20-13 from the line and shot 53 percent (28 of 53) from the field while DePaul shot 51 percent (25 of 49).

West Virginia easily handled DePaul's full-court press and often was able to get quick open looks on the offensive end.

Flowers took an alley-oop pass from Mitchell and laid it in for a 38-28 lead with 5:50 left in the first half.

West Virginia led by as many as 16 points late in the half and 47-34 at halftime.

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Loyola Chicago beats Wisconsin-Green Bay 79-62

CHICAGO - Geoff McCammon scored 22 points and Ben Averkamp added 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Loyola Chicago to a 79-62 victory against Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday.

Terrance Hill had 16 points for the Ramblers (14-12, 5-10 Horizon League), who snapped a four-game losing skid.

Greg LeSage scored 12 points and Stave Baker, Rahmon Fletcher and Jarvis Williams 10 each for the Phoenix (12-14, 6-8).

A 9-0 run early in the second half - comprised of consecutive 3-pointers, by McCammon and two by Hill - gave Loyola a 44-26 cushion, and the Ramblers later pushed the lead to 20.

Loyola enjoyed a 49-28 rebounding advantage.

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Wisconsin-Milwaukee coasts to 70-59 victory over UIC

CHICAGO - Anthony Hill scored a career-high 32 points to lead Wisconsin-Milwaukee in a 70-59 win over Illinois-Chicago on Saturday.

Hill made 12 of 23 tries from the field and 8 of 9 from the free-throw line in 28 minutes for the Panthers (15-11, 10-5 Horizon). His previous career best was 30 points against Youngstown State in December.

The Panthers, who won their fifth straight, led almost the entire way and were ahead by as many as 16 points early in the second half.

Robo Kreps led the Flames (7-20, 2-13) with 24 points and tied his career high of nine rebounds.

Paris Carter pulled down 11 rebounds for Illinois-Chicago, which took a 40-37 advantage on the boards.

Tone Boyle scored 14 points and Tony Meier 11 for Milwaukee while Kaylon Williams grabbed 12 rebounds to tie his career best.

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Kent State stops Northern Illinois 84-77

DEKALB, Ill. - Rodriquez Sherman scored 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting, and Kent State defeated Northern Illinois 84-77 to remain atop the Mid-American Conference's East Division.

Justin Greene had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Carlton Guyton added 14 points for the Golden Flashes (17-7, 8-2), who won their sixth straight game to kick off a four-game road trip.

Xavier Silas kept the Huskies (7-16, 3-8) within range, scoring 34 points and pulling down six rebounds. The senior guard was fifth in Division I in scoring at 23.7 points per game before Saturday's contest. He made 11 of 20 shots, but the rest of the Huskies made just 16 of 43 shots (37 percent).

Kent State fell behind early, 26-20, but the Golden Flashes closed out the first half with a 22-7 run for a 42-33 lead at the half. They stretched it to 62-45 with 13:30 remaining and held on. The Huskies got as close as 83-77 on a 3-pointer from Silas with 11 seconds remaining.

The Golden Flashes shot 50 percent (27 of 54) from the floor.

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Eastern Kentucky defeats Eastern Illinois 67-47

RICHMOND, Ky. - Justin Stommes scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half to lead Eastern Kentucky to a 67-47 blowout victory over Eastern Illinois on Saturday night.

The Colonels (15-11, 9-6 Ohio Valley Conference) trailed 30-28 with 17:39 left to play before going on a 23-8 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Stommes with 11:23 to go.

Eastern Kentucky followed that run by scoring 12 straight points - eight from Stommes - and turning a 51-41 lead into a 63-41 advantage with 2:19 remaining.

Jeff Johnson added 16 points and Spencer Perrin had 10 for the Colonels, who shot 69.6 percent from the field (16 of 23), including 9 for 13 from 3-point range (69.2 percent) in the second half.

Eastern Kentucky shot just 9 for 26 from the field (34.6 percent) in the first.

Jeremy Granger scored 15 points and L.C. Doss added 10 for the Panthers (8-17, 4-11), who have lost seven straight.

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Weems guides Missouri State to 68-59 win over ISU

NORMAL, Ill. - Kyle Weems scored 21 points and Missouri State defeated Illinois State 68-59 on Saturday night to keep at least a share of first place in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Weems, coming off a 27-point performance in Wednesday's 77-69 victory over Bradley, made 6 of 11 shots and pulled down six rebounds for the Bears, (20-6, 12-3), who were tied with Wichita State at 11-3 in league play heading into Saturday night's games.

Will Creekmore scored 16 points and Nafis Ricks had 12 for Missouri State, which has won three straight and recorded its second consecutive 20-win season.

Austin Hill had a game-high 23 points for the Redbirds (11-15, 3-12), who lost their fourth straight game.

Missouri State led by as many as 12 in the second half after leading 27-25 at the half. Hill's 3-pointer with 59 seconds left pulled Illinois State within 64-57, the closest they would get down the stretch.

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South Dakota State beats Western Illinois 82-61

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Jordan Dykstra had 20 points, all in the second half, to lead five South Dakota players who scored in double figures as the Jackrabbits defeated Western Illinois 82-61 on Saturday night.

Griffan Callahan had 13 points, Chad White 12 and Clint Sargent and Tony Fiegen 10 each for South Dakota (17-9, 9-6 Summit League). Sargent had nine rebounds.

Matt Lander scored 16 points and Jack Houpt 15 for the Leathernecks (7-18, 2-12). Kaimarr Price added 12 points and nine rebounds, and Jelani Johnson had 10 points.

The Jackrabbits used a 24-5 run over a 7:46 first-half stretch - Callahan made two 3-pointers during the spree, and White and Sargent added one each - to build a 39-17 lead. South Dakota increased the cushion to 28 in the second half.

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Say it ain't so: DePaul commit Tyger Campbell reopens recruitment

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Say it ain't so: DePaul commit Tyger Campbell reopens recruitment

It looks like it was too good to be true.

Tyger Campbell shocked the recruiting world when he committed to DePaul on May 8.

Less than four months later, Campbell has reopened his recruitment.

The Rivals.com four-star point guard out of La Lumiere High School in Indiana, who is the No. 66 prospect in the 2018 Class, took to Twitter Friday night to explain his decision.

One of Campbell's original draws to the Blue Demons was DePaul hiring Shane Heirman as an assistant coach. Heirman coached Campbell for two seasons at La Lumiere.

"I like DePaul and honestly my coach (Shane Heirman) just went there and we have a great connection and he's always had my back," Campbell told Scout.com when he committed to the Blue Demons. "I like [DePaul] coach Dave Leitao, too. I like his program and he's an intelligent guy."

Campbell currently has offers from a handful of D1 schools, including Illinois, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Purdue, SMU, Memphis and Tennessee.

Upset alert? Why a confident UIC is challenging juggernaut Kentucky

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Upset alert? Why a confident UIC is challenging juggernaut Kentucky

On the heels of a 12-win improvement, UIC basketball is riding confidently into the new season. 

And why shouldn't they be? Head coach Steve McClain returns a young, talented nucleus that's expected to challenge for a Horizon League championship and NCAA Tournament berth. 

In fact, the program is in such good shape that they thought: Let's play Kentucky. 

Yup, that's right. The UIC Flames will match up with the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena on Nov. 26, a necessary stage in development, according to McClain. 

“Every year you build your program, there’s steps you have to take," McClain said. "When we got the opportunity to go to Kentucky, I think that’s the next level of exposure for our program.

"When you're chasing trying to be great, you gotta show your kids and show people what greatness looks like. I don't think anyone can argue what Kentucky has done, so I want to put our kids in that environment so they see what it is." 

The contrast between programs is severe. UIC hasn't made an NCAA Tournament since 2004. The Wildcats have made 11 since then. UIC has never advanced out of the first round at the Big Dance. Kentucky has eight National Championships. 

Even this upcoming season, as the Flames boast one of their most skilled teams in school history, none of them were ever touted like Kentucky's freshman class, which ranks No. 2 in the nation per ESPN. 

But the disparities in past successes don't seem to bother UIC. Instead, players, who were likely snubbed by bigger schools in recruitment, are excited about the opportunity to compete on a national stage that the Flames rarely see. 

“First I was like, ‘It’s about time we got someone like (Kentucky) on our schedule,’" said center Tai Odiase, one of the few seniors on the roster. "We’ve been trying to play bigger teams to showcase what we’re made of."

“I don’t see why you go into a place like that without a chip on your shoulder. You don’t go in there just to play basketball, we’re trying to win."

UIC will be heavy, heavy underdogs. There's no way around that. But there are certain spots where they may not be at such a disadvantage. 

On the defensive end, Odiase continued to terrorize guards and big men alike, finishing fifth in the NCAA with 2.9 blocks per game. The dynamic guard duo from "The Six," Godwin Boahen and Marcus Ottey, are quick enough to hang and both took a huge step down the stretch last season. Then there's the return of 2015-2016 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year Dikembe Dixson, who is recovering from a torn ACL.

"The doctors at times thought he was a freak of nature because he was back as quick as he was," McClain said.  

Still, it's a tune-up game for Kentucky, who also scheduled Kansas, UCLA and Louisville on their non-conference slate. But one team's expected walk through is another team's vital experience. 

"Our guys can walk in and see that on a given night, you can compete with anyone," McClain said. 

Given new athletic director Garrett Klassy's comments at his introductory press conference, it doesn't seem as if games like this are a one-hit wonder for UIC. 

“I am an aggressive scheduler," Klassy said. "I helped with the scheduling at George Washington. We’ll play anyone, anytime, anywhere.

"You want to measure yourself against the best. We have a lot of returning starters. It’ll be nice to go on the road, play a tough game and maybe sneak out an upset."