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NCAA Hoops: DePaul ends Big East skid; 'Cats win

NCAA Hoops: DePaul ends Big East skid; 'Cats win

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011
Posted 10:38 p.m.

Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - DePaul's 24-game losing streak in Big East play ended Thursday night with a 79-76 victory over Providence.

Jeremiah Kelly scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Blue Demons to their first conference victory since they defeated Marquette more than a year ago and their first road victory since they topped Cincinnati on March 6, 2008.

Cleveland Melvin scored 20 for DePaul (7-18, 1-12 Big East) and Brandon Young put up 17 points, including 15 in the second half.

After the Blue Demons built a 10-point halftime lead, Providence (14-12, 3-10 Big East) slowly came back, eventually tying the score at 58.

DePaul put together a quick seven-point spurt to regain control, and the Friars were unable to come back. Marshon Brooks led Providence with 28 points, including 10 of his team's final 12. Duke Mondy added 17 points and seven rebounds.

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Northwestern holds off Iowa 73-70

EVANSTON, Ill. - Michael Thompson scored 16 points and had 10 assists to lead Northwestern to a 73-70 win over Iowa on Thursday night.

After freshman Melsahn Basabe had a putback to get Iowa within 69-66, Luka Mirkovic answered for Northwestern (15-10, 5-9 Big Ten) with a 3-pointer to give them a 72-66 lead with 1:46 left.

But the Wildcats had to hold on in the final minute. Bryce Cartwright hit a jumper and Jarryd Cole had a tip-in to get the Hawkeyes within 72-70 with 5.2 seconds left. Iowa quickly fouled Thompson, who missed the first of two free throws and made the second. Iowa's Zach McCabe threw a full-court pass to Cole, who turned the ball over when he tried to kick it out for a 3.

Cole scored 17 points and Basabe added 13 for Iowa (10-16, 3-11).

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UMKC outlasts Western Illinois 66-61

MACOMB, Ill. - Jay Couisnard scored 31 points and UMKC defeated Western Illinois 66-61 Thursday night.

Reggie Chamberlain added 14 points for the Kangaroos (16-10, 9-6 Summit League).

UMKC built a 25-9 lead in the first half, but Western Illinois went on a 15-0 run in the second half to take a 41-39 lead with 10:39 to play. Couisnard hit a 3-pointer to give UMKC a 47-44 lead with 7:45 remaining, and the Kangaroos stayed ahead the rest of the way.

Matt Lander scored 24 points for the Leathernecks (7-19, 2-13), who have lost nine in a row. Kaimarr Price had nine points and eight rebounds for Western Illinois.

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Illinois all alone in first place in Big Ten following last-second win over Michigan

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Illinois all alone in first place in Big Ten following last-second win over Michigan

One school stands alone atop the Big Ten men's basketball standings: Illinois 

Saturday, the Fighting Illini (7-2, 15-5) scored a big road win against Michigan (2-6, 11-8). Morgan Park alumnus Ayo Dosunmu drilled a heavily contested, last-second midrange jumper, giving the Illini a 64-62 win over the Wolverines.

Dosunmu finished the game with a career-high 27 points.

After a 1-2 start to Big Ten play, Illinois has rattled off six straight conference wins. They're a half game ahead of Michigan State (6-2, 14-5) for first place. Next up: a matchup with Minnesota (5-4, 11-8) on Thursday in Champaign.

 

Illinois men's basketball cracks AP poll for first time in more than five years

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Illinois men's basketball cracks AP poll for first time in more than five years

Illinois basketball has not made the NCAA Tournament since 2013 and has endured losing records in three of the last four seasons. However, things are looking up for the Fighting Illini.

Three straight Big Ten wins have the Illini 4-2 in the league, good for second place and the No. 24 spot in the latest AP poll. It’s the first time the Illini have been ranked since Dec. 2014.


Coach Brad Underwood went 26-39 in his first two seasons in charge, but things have turned around this season. A win against Michigan on Dec. 11 gave the Illini a marquee win, but losses to Missouri and Michigan State followed soon after. The current three-game winning streak has featured a blowout win against Purdue, a one-point win at Wisconsin and a three-point win against a surprisingly good Rutgers team.

Illinois’ RPI is currently 42 so they’re far from a lock to get in the tournament, but the Illini are in good shape as of now. The last season the Illini were ranked, they had to settle for an NIT bid.

Chicago native and Morgan Park High School product Ayo Dosunmu leads the team with 15.5 points per game.