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Hot-shooting Terps streak past ice-cold Northwestern


Hot-shooting Terps streak past ice-cold Northwestern

EVANSTON — After starting the season at 13-1, there were still plenty wondering if Northwestern could run with the Big Ten’s big boys.

Well, Maryland — the No. 4 team in the country — provided an answer to that question Saturday night, cruising to a 72-59 win in Evanston.

The Terps were hot from 3-point range all night, hitting 11 deep balls on the evening, while the Cats struggled from behind the arc, making just two of their 20 attempts.

Turnovers hurt the Cats in the first half, as Maryland turned eight Northwestern turnovers into nine points. But it was red-hot shooting by the Terps that made the biggest difference. They shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, hitting five 3-pointers, while the Cats shot just 32 percent from the field, making just one 3. It all added app to a 20-point halftime gap between the two teams.

Rasheed Sulaimon was excellent for the Terps in the first half, scoring 13 points on perfect 5-for-5 shooting, including a trio of 3s. Melo Trimble started 0-for-4 from the field, four way-off 3-point attempts, but he corrected things and ended up scoring seven in the first half. Diamond Stone had eight first-half points.

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The Cats righted their ship a bit in the second half and showed off incredible fight for a team that trailed by as many as 22 points. Northwestern shot 41.2 percent in the second half and chipped into the Maryland lead. The Welsh-Ryan Arena crowd seemed to swell every time the Cats got as close as 14 or 15.

But the Terps seemingly had an answer at every juncture. Though their performance wasn’t as strong as it was in the opening 20 minutes, the Terps kept on knocking down 3-pointers. Trimble, Sulaimon and Jake Layman all hit 3s that quieted that loudening crowd. After knocking down five from deep in the first half, Maryland splashed home six more in the second half. All the while, Northwestern was ice cold from behind the arc, finishing the game just 2-for-20 from distance.

The Cats finished shooting 37.3 percent from the field and had 12 turnovers lead to 11 Terps points. Maryland finished with a 46.6-percent shooting mark.

Trimble finished as the game’s high man, scoring 24 points on 8-for-16 shooting, including 5-for-12 3-point shooting. He also had eight rebounds and eight assists, coming close to a triple-double. Sulaimon scored 16 points, hitting four 3-pointers, grabbing six rebounds and handing out six assists. Stone had 10 points off the bench.

Bryant McIntosh was Northwestern’s scoring leader with 17 points, also handing out nine assists and grabbing five rebounds. He was the only Cat in double figures.

The loss was just Northwestern’s second of the season, sending the Cats to a 13-2 mark overall and an even 1-1 in Big Ten play. Both losses have come against highly ranked teams, the first coming against North Carolina. Next up is a Wednesday game against Ohio State.

Maryland improved to 13-1 overall and 2-0 in league play with the victory. The Terps play Rutgers on Wednesday.

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.