NIU falls to Toledo at Guaranteed Rate Field


NIU falls to Toledo at Guaranteed Rate Field

Kareem Hunt ran for 122 yards and scored a touchdown with 1:15 left in Toledo's 31-24 comeback victory over Northern Illinois on Wednesday night in NIU's Chi-Town Showdown at the Chicago White Sox's Guaranteed Rate Field.

Logan Woodside threw for three touchdowns in the second half after entering the game with 34, tied with Jake Browning of No. 4 Washington for the national lead. That helped the Rockets (8-2, 5-1 Mid-American) overcome a 14-3 halftime deficit and snap a six-game losing streak in the series.

Woodside's second touchdown pass to Michael Roberts gave Toledo its first lead, 24-21, early in the fourth quarter. The Huskies (3-7, 3-3) tied the game on Christian Hagan's 22-yard field goal with 4:31 left but the Rockets answered with a 9-play, 71-yard drive.

Woodside finished 23 of 33 for 286 yards. Jon'Vea Johnson had six catches for 129 yards, including a 39-yard reception to set up the winning score. 

Aaron Covington's interception with 15 seconds to play sealed the win.

Ryan Graham had three touchdown passes for the Huskies, one to Kenny Golladay, who had 14 catches for 143 yards. Graham also ran for 97 yards.

Former Simeon players come up clutch in Thursday's March Madness action

Former Simeon players come up clutch in Thursday's March Madness action

It's no secret that Simeon routinely churns out some of the best basketball talent in the country. From Nick Anderson to Derrick Rose to Jabari Parker, the Wolverines are notorious for the impact their former student-athletes have at the collegiate and professional ranks.

Thursday, former Simeon stars Zach Norvell (Gonzaga) and Donte Ingram (Loyola) hit clutch shots to lead their respective schools to victory in the NCAA Tournament Round of 64. 

Norvell, who graduated from Simeon in 2016, buried a go-ahead three with about 20 seconds remaining in No. 4 Gonzaga's 68-64 win over No. 13 UNC Greensboro. 

Norvell, a 6-foot-5 redshirt freshman, averaged 12.2 points in 26.1 minutes for Gonzaga this season. He finished with 15 points on 3-of-12 shooting (2-of-8 from three) in 34 minutes Thursday. He was ranked 83rd in the ESPN 100 for the Class of 2016.

In the biggest upset of the day, Ingram and No. 11 Loyola knocked off No. 6 Miami 64-62. Ingram hit a three with less than a second remaining, securing Loyola's first NCAA tournament win since 1985. 

Ingram is a 6-foot-6 guard/forward who graduated from Simeon in 2014. He averaged 11.3 points and 6.5 rebounds in 30.7 minutes this season for Loyola.

Ingram finished with 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting in 34 minutes for Loyola Thursday. He shot just 3-of-8 from distance, though one of those conversions obviously came at a perfect time for the Ramblers. 

Norvell and Ingram both have Friday off before their respective schools are back in action Saturday. Norvell and Gonzaga will face-off against No. 5 Ohio State in Boise, while Ingram and Loyola will play No. 3 Tennessee in Dallas. 

Porter Moses, Loyola take memorable journey to NCAA Tournament

Porter Moses, Loyola take memorable journey to NCAA Tournament

March is about to get mad for Loyola University.

After winning both the MVC regular season and tournament titles, the Ramblers are heading to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 33 years.

But sometimes the journey is as special as the prize and this season, Loyola had quite the campaign...

11th-seeded Loyola takes on 6th-seed Miami on Thursday at 2:10 p.m. in Dallas.