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Northwestern holds off Missouri for bounce-back win in Kansas City

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Northwestern holds off Missouri for bounce-back win in Kansas City

Northwestern led by as much as 20 in the first half but had to hold off a late push to beat Missouri on Tuesday night in Kansas City, 67-62.

The Cats opened the game on a 28-9 run, Bryant McIntosh scoring the team's first 11 points, nine coming on a trio of made 3-pointers. Jordan Ash, Aaron Falzon and Sanjay Lumpkin also hit 3s as Northwestern had a 20-point lead with still almost eight minutes to play before halftime.

McIntosh scored all 13 of his points in the first half, and the Cats hit seven 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes, owning a 14-point lead at halftime after shooting 52 percent.

The Tigers went on a 15-9 run over the first eight minutes of the second half to trim the lead to eight, and two minutes later, they were within six. The lead was merely four with a little less than four minutes to play before four Northwestern free throws stretched it back to eight. But Mizzou went on another spurt, a bucket and three free throws making it a three-point game with 34 seconds remaining. Tre Demps and Sanjay Lumpkin each split a pair of free throws to give the Tigers an opportunity, but they missed a couple shots, and the Cats hung on for the win.

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Demps and McIntosh — the sophomore point guard ended up fouling out — finished with 13 points apiece, the only Northwestern players in double figures. Falzon, Alex Olah and Joey van Zegeren each ended with at least five rebounds.

The Cats shot 46.7 percent from the field on the night and held the Tigers to just 38.3-percent shooting.

It was a good rebound win for Northwestern after falling to No. 9 North Carolina on Monday night.

The Cats improved to 4-1 with the victory and return home to face New Orleans on Saturday.

Former Illini champion Kevin Anderson upsets Roger Federer in Wimbledon quarterfinal

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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.

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Northwestern set to play Wisconsin at Wrigley Field in 2020

Weeks will separate a perfect 10-year anniversary where Northwestern will play at Wrigley Field for one of its regular season games in the upcoming years.

Back on Nov. 20, 2010, the Wildcats battled it out with Illinois, known as the “Wrigleyville Classic,” which saw the Illini take a 48-27 win.

Even though it’s still two years out, Northwestern still planned ahead and announced its opponent for its game at Wrigley Field on Nov. 7, 2020, against Big Ten rival Wisconsin.

“Obviously an exciting opportunity for our football program to come back to Wrigley Field, one of the Cathedrals of sporting venues in the world,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “When I announced it to our team, they were absolutely ecstatic.”

“The opportunity to play at Wrigley field is unique to us, being Chicago’s Big Ten team, and to have the chance to come down and play in an atmosphere like we did a few years back was a bowl game type atmosphere, and I look forward to this special opportunity.”

This game though will be a little different than it was back in 2010. Both the Wildcats and Illini played toward the west end zone due to a tight squeeze near the right field wall due to box seats that were added down the third base line.

Now, Northwestern and Wisconsin do not have to worry about that problem because the bullpens have since moved to the outfield.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney spoke at a news conference earlier on Tuesday at Wrigley.

“So excited to welcome back Northwestern to Wrigley Field to talk about football again,” Kenney said. “We had an incredible experience with them back in 2010."

Kenney also mentioned new seating is on a temporary platform that can all be removed and the dugout tops can be removed as well, and the field will expand west, to allow for a longer field.

With a sellout crowd in the last go around for the Wildcats, don’t be surprised for another sellout at the Friendly Confines.