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Big Ten basketball roundup: Buckeyes upset again, Terps sweat out Illinois State


Big Ten basketball roundup: Buckeyes upset again, Terps sweat out Illinois State

A roundup of Big Ten basketball action from Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015:

Indiana 83, St. John’s 73

The Hoosiers had a lead as big as 17 in the first half and led by double digits at the half. The Red Storm opened the second half on a 10-3 run to slice the lead down to four, but Indiana had it back to double digits not two minutes later. The Hoosiers shot 58 percent from the field and got 30 points from their bench. Yogi Ferrell led the way with 22 points and seven assists, while Thomas Bryant had 19 points. James Blackmon Jr. was also in double figures with 12 points.

Maryland 77, Illinois State 66

The Terps got everything they could handle from the Redbirds down in Cancun. After Maryland built an early eight-point lead, Illinois State went on a 20-7 run, using three 3s in two minutes to take a five-point lead. The Terps answered with six straight to kick off a back-and-forth first-half finish that didn’t see either team lead by more than two. In the second half, Maryland had a 10-2 run, and Illinois State had an 11-2 run to each take short-lived modest leads. It wasn’t until the Terps went on a 16-5 run, capped by back-to-back triples by Jared Nickens and Rasheed Sulaimon to finally determine the game. It was a six-point game with a minute and a half to play, and Jake Layman hit a dagger of a 3-pointer to effectively end it. Maryland shot 50 percent on the night, getting 18 points from Sulaimon and 15 points and seven assists from Melo Trimble.

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Nebraska 67, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 44

The Huskers held the visiting Golden Lions to just 19 first-half points and a 30.6-percent shooting mark on the night, plus held a 50-33 rebounding advantage. Andrew White had 16 points and five rebounds, while Shavon Shields had 15 points and five rebounds. Ed Morrow had three blocks off the bench.

Northwestern 67, Missouri 62

The Cats started off extremely hot, beginning the game on a 28-9 run and holding a 20-point lead in the middle of the first half. The Tigers, though, had the lead down to single digits not long into the second half and had it down to just three in the final minute. Despite a couple missed Northwestern free throws, Mizzou couldn’t hit a big shot as the Cats held on. Bryant McIntosh scored Northwestern’s first 11 points but finished with only 13 and fouled out. Tre Demps also had 13 points in the win.

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Ohio State 82, Louisiana Tech 74

The Buckeyes fell behind early, as the visiting Bulldogs scored the game’s first seven points. Louisiana Tech answered game-tying buckets from Ohio State in the first half with runs of 8-0 and 7-0. After the Buckeyes tied the game at 55 in the second half, the Bulldogs answered with a 12-4 run, and things never got closer than four after that. Ohio State never led in the game, adding another unexpected upset loss to the record after last week’s defeat against UT-Arlington. Marc Loving’s 25-point night went to waste, as did Jae’Sean Tate’s double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Penn State 86, Radford 74

The Nittany Lions were outscored by nine in the second half and allowed the Highlanders to shoot 56.4 percent from the field and to hit 12 3-pointers. Despite turning the ball over just five times, Penn State was beat on the boards and missed nine free throws. Still, five Lions scored in double figures: Julian Moore (16), Brandon Taylor (15), Shep Garner (11), Payton Banks (10) and Devin Foster (10).

Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately


Northwestern running back Jeremy Larkin diagnosed with cervical stenosis, will retire immediately

Tough news out of Evanston this morning: Northwestern announced that running back Jeremy Larkin will retire immediately after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis.

Cervical stenois is the narrowing of the spinal canal in one's neck, according to Mayo Clinic. Larkin's condition is thankfully not life-threatening, though it does prevent him from continuing to participate in the game of football. 

"Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won't be on that field again, given I've played this game since I was five years old," Larkin said.

"I'm extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first.

"I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline." 

Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald called the news "heartbreaking."

"This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him.

"The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can't wait to see the impact he makes in our world."

Larkin is a sophomore from Cincinnati. He finishes his Northwestern career with 156 carries for 849 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal


Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.

Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.

As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.

Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.

The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.