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NCAA Hoops: No. 9 Notre Dame wins, Illini top Iowa

NCAA Hoops: No. 9 Notre Dame wins, Illini top Iowa

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Tim Abromaitis scored 22 points and Ben Hansbrough added 21 to lead Notre Dame to a 60-48 victory over Seton Hall on Saturday night.

The win allowed the Irish (23-5, 12-4 Big East) to stay in second place in the conference and was another step toward the double-bye in the upcoming league tournament.

Jeff Robinson had 16 points for Seton Hall (11-17, 5-11), and Jeremy Hazell added 14.

Seton Hall jumped out to an early 6-0 lead as Hazell and Robinson hit quick 3-pointers, before both teams went into a deep freeze from the field. Seton Hall still led 11-8 after nearly 8 minutes were gone inthe first half.

Notre Dame started 3-for-14 shooting and Seton Hall was 4 for 17 from the field.

Robinson converted a 3-point play by Robinson that gave Seton Hall a 20-11 advantage with 5:51 to go in the first half. The Pirates stretched the lead to 11 before Notre Dame staged a late rally, capped by a 3-pointer by Abromaitis as time expired to make it 27-24 at the half.

Notre Dame came back quickly in the second half. Carleton Scott's 15-footer with 17:30 remaining gave the Irish a 31-30 edge, part of a 13-0 run that gave Notre Dame a 37-30 lead.

Seton Hall pulled to 44-43 on a rebound by Fuquan Edwin with 6 minutes remaining but consecutive 3-pointers by Abromaitis and Scott Martin sealed the Irish's win.

Notre Dame warmed up to shoot 40 percent from the field, while the Pirates shot 30 percent.

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Illinois keeps tourney hopes alive, defeat Iowa 81-68

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Mike Tisdale scored 25 points and Illinois kept its NCAA tournament hopes alive with an 81-68 win Saturday over struggling Iowa.

Mike Davis added 20 points and nine rebounds. He was often the catalyst for the Illini (18-11, 8-8 Big Ten) on a night when Iowa, for a while, refused to go away.

Davis' short bucket with 12:34 to play gave Illinois a 58-43 lead that was too much for the Hawkeyes (10-18, 3-13).

Illinois led 36-31 at halftime and Iowa closed to within 38-35 early on a basket by Bryce Cartwright. But two free throws by Tisdale after Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery drew a technical and Davis' subsequent basket drained the Hawkeyes.

Melsahn Basabe led Iowa with 17 points. Jarryd Cole added 15.

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Bradley routs Drake 90-64

PEORIA, Ill. - Andrew Warren scored a career-high 33 points and Bradley routed Drake 90-64 on Saturday night.

Warren, a senior playing his final home game, also had his career highs with 11 rebounds and five assists, and matched his best total with four steals. Fellow senior Dodie Dunson had 17 points and seven assists for the Braves, who shot 63 percent from the field in the game, including a 77 percent (20 of 26) performance in the second half when they blew the game open.

The Braves (11-19, 4-14) and Bulldogs (13-17, 7-11) will also meet in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Thursday night in St. Louis.

Dyricus Simms-Edwards added 15 points and Will Egolf scored 11 for Bradley. Kurt Alexander had 15 points and Rayvonte Rice scored 14 for Drake.

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Northern Illinois beats Toledo 75-70 in OT

TOLEDO, Ohio - Tim Toler scored 19 points, including Northern Illinois' last four points in overtime, as the Huskies rallied to beat Toledo 75-70 Saturday night and snap an eight-game losing streak.

Northern Illinois (8-19, 4-10 Mid-American Conference), which swept the season series, played without conference leading scorer Xavier Silas, who injured his ankle in a 64-58 loss to Central Michigan on Wednesday.

The Huskies led 36-29 early in the second half, then the lead went back and forth until Toledo built a six-point cushion, at 54-48, with 5:44 left in regulation.

After the Huskies pushed ahead at 61-60 at the 1:22 mark, the Rockets regained the lead until Tyler Storm's layup tied it at 64 to force overtime.

Malcolm Griffin had 17 points and seven assists for Toledo (4-25, 1-13), which has lost 10 straight and 16 of 17. Delino Dear added 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.

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Gilchrist leads South Florida over DePaul
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Augustus Gilchrist scored a career-high 32 points and had eight rebounds to lead South Florida to an 86-76 victory over DePaul on Saturday.

Jarrid Famous added 15 points, Shaun Noriega 13 and Hugh Robertson 12 for the Bulls (9-20, 3-13 Big East), who snapped a six-game losing streak. Two of their three Big East wins have come against DePaul.

Freshman Brandon Young scored 23 points and fellow freshman Moses Morgan had 16 for the Blue Demons (7-21, 1-15), who are 2-32 in conference in the last two seasons. DePaul was without leading scorer Cleveland Melvin, out with a strained left thumb.

South Florida led by 14 in the second half but saw the lead cut to 63-61 after Young made a layup with 9:02 left. But the Bulls regained control. Gilchrist converted a tip-in and Robertson made a 3-pointer to push the lead to 68-61.

DePaul was outrebounded 33-19.

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Butler drops Loyola for share of Horizon title

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Shelvin Mack scored 18 points and Butler defeated Loyola of Chicago 63-56 in the regular season finale for both Saturday, clinching a share of its fifth straight Horizon League title.

Shawn Vanzant and Chase Stigall each added 10 points for the Bulldogs (21-9, 13-5), who tied for first with Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Cleveland State. Butler will take a season-high seven-game winning streak into next week's league tournament in which it will be the No. 2 seed.

Terrance Hill scored 14 points to lead the Ramblers (16-14, 7-11), who will be the eighth seed and play at Detroit on Tuesday.

The first 20 minutes featured five lead changes before Butler ended the half on a 7-0 run to take a 32-26 lead into intermission. The Bulldogs led the entire second half, but the Ramblers stayed within single digits until Vanzant's free throw made it 63-53 with 14 seconds to play.

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SIU secures worst MVC record since '95-96

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) Dwayne Lathan scored 20 points Saturday as Indiana State closed its regular season with a 75-60 victory over Southern Illinois.

Aaron Carter added 13 points and Myles Walker 10 for the Sycamores (17-13, 12-6 Missouri Valley), who have won five of their last six.

Justin Bocot's double-double led the Salukis (12-18, 5-13), whose five conference wins are the fewest since 1995-96. Bocot came off the bench to score a season-high 24 points and grab a game-best 10 rebounds.

Indiana State shot 53.1 percent to Southern Illinois' 36.2 percent and outrebounded the Salukis 36-33.

The Sycamores used a 9-0 run to turn a 24-24 tie into a 33-24 lead with 2:32 left in the first half. The Salukis got no closer than six after that.

Indiana State will be the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament and face Evansville. Eighth-seeded Southern Illinois will face No. 9 Illinois State.

Complete Recap, Box Score

ISU closes out regular season with loss to Evansville

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Colt Ryan scored 32 points Saturday as Evansville celebrated its final game at 55-year-old Roberts Stadium with a 73-67 victory over Illinois State.

The Purple Aces (15-14, 9-9 Missouri Valley), who will move to a new downtown arena next season, finish the regular season in sixth place in the conference and will face third-seeded Indiana State in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament on Friday in St. Louis.

Illinois State (12-18, 4-14) will be the No. 9 seed and face No. 8 Southern Illinois in the opening round on Thursday.

Ryan scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half, including back-to-back 3-pointers that capped an 8-0 run at the start of the period and gave Evansville the lead for good.

Lewis Jones added 13 points for the Aces, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

Tony Lewis and Anthony Cousin had 12 points each for Illinois State.

Complete Recap, Box Score
Western Illinois no match for Oral Roberts

TULSA, Okla. - Steven Roundtree and Damen Bell-Holter both registered double-doubles Saturday night as Oral Roberts closed out its regular season with a 69-57 victory over Western Illinois.

Already locked in as the No. 2 seed for the Summit League tournament, the Golden Eagles (17-14, 13-5) had little trouble dispatching the ninth-place Leathernecks (7-22, 2-16) for their eighth straight win.

Western Illinois kept the Eagles in check early with its brand of slow-paced, methodical basketball. But a 14-2 run late in the first half gave Oral Roberts a 29-19 halftime lead that it wouldn't relinquish.

Roundtree had 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Bell-Holter finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Matt Lander had 22 points and Kaimarr Price 14 for Western Illinois, which has lost 12 in a row.

The Golden Eagles will play either North Dakota State or Southern Utah in the first round of the Summit League tournament March 5.

Box Score
Valparaiso rolls past Illinois-Chicago 79-65

VALPARAISO, Ind. - Cory Johnson scored 18 points to lead Valparaiso to a 79-65 victory over Illinois-Chicago in the final game of the regular season for both teams on Saturday night.

The Crusaders (21-10, 12-6 Horizon) led the entire way, including by as many as 15 points just before halftime.

Brandon Wood added 14 points while Howard Little pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for Valparaiso.

Paul Carter and Robo Kreps led the Flames (7-23, 2-16) and the game with 21 points each and Paris Carter added 10 points.

Box Score

Tennessee State beats Eastern Illinois 66-62

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Robert Covington scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds to lead Tennessee State to a 66-62 victory over Eastern Illinois on Saturday night.

The Tigers (14-15, 10-8 Ohio Valley Conference) outscored Eastern Illinois 8-4 in the final 3:55 to win their third consecutive game and head into the conference tournament, which begins Wednesday, as the fifth seed.

Eastern Illinois (9-20, 4-14) didn't qualify.

After the Panthers tied the score at 58, Tennessee State scored the next five points for a 63-58 lead with 42 seconds left. Curry McKinney's jumper cut the deficit to 63-60, but Wil Peters and Jacquan Nobles combined for three free throws and a 66-60 cushion with 17 seconds left.

Peters and Kenny Moore had 11 points each and Patrick Miller scored 10.

McKinney scored 19 points and James Hollowell had 14 for Eastern Illinois.

There were nine ties and eight lead changes.

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Loyola basketball coach Porter Moser to be next featured guest on Inside Look

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Loyola basketball coach Porter Moser to be next featured guest on Inside Look

“Inside Look presented by Cadillac,” hosted by NBC Sports Chicago’s David Kaplan & featuring Porter Moser to debut Saturday, September 15 at 6:30 PM CT

NBC Sports Chicago live stream available on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive or via the NBC Sports app
 
NBCSportsChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of ‘Inside Look,’ including extended video clips


Chicago, IL (September 11, 2018) – NBC Sports Chicago - THE home of the #AuthenticFan - continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac.  

Debuting Saturday, September 15 at 6:30 PM CT (immediately following Cubs Postgame Live), NBC Sports Chicago’s David Kaplan hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with the man who led Loyola University Chicago’s men’s basketball team to the pinnacle of NCAA greatness this past spring, Ramblers head coach PORTER MOSER.  NOTE: Live stream of this program will also be available at CSNChicago.com/WatchLive or via the NBC Sports app to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers.

Moser, who recently signed a contract extension with the Ramblers through the 2025-26 season, was born in Naperville, IL and was a standout preps star at Benet Academy in nearby Lisle, which was followed by a successful collegiate career at Creighton University, where he helped the Bluejays to an MVC Tourney Championship and an NCAA Tourney appearance in 1989.  Following a number of post-playing career assistant coaching stints, along with head coaching positions at Arkansas-Little Rock and Illinois State, Moser was named head coach at Loyola in the spring of 2011, which ushered in a new level of success not seen in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood since 1963.

Moser’s nationally-recognized level of leadership with Loyola was officially established this past season as he led the mid-major program to a 32-6 record (15-3 in the MVC), which included winning the MVC Tournament title and automatically qualifying them for the “Big Dance.” As a #11-seed in the NCAA Tournament, Loyola’s incredible run began with upset victories over Miami-FL (#6), Tennessee (#3), Nevada (#7), along with their unforgettable win against #9 Kansas State, which sent the Ramblers to their first Final Four appearance in 55 years.  Over the past four seasons, Moser’s teams have recorded an 89-50 (.597) record and their 50 win total over the past two seasons are its most over a two-year period since posting 51 total victories during the 1962-63 & 1963-64 campaigns.

In this edition of “Inside Look,” Moser discusses everything from growing up from his early playing days in high school and college, his transition from player to coach, what the amazing run to the Final Four has meant for the university and mid-major programs in general, along with his vision for Loyola’s future, and much more.   

NBC Sports Chicago will also re-air Inside Look with Porter Moser on the following dates/times: Wed, Sept. 19 at 7:30 PM - Thu, Sept. 20 at 11:30 PM - Sat, Sept. 22 at 9:30 PM - Mon, Sept. 24 at 11:30 PM - Fri, Sept. 28 at 3:00 PM (on NBC Sports Chicago+) & Sat, Sept. 30 at 5:30 PM (Schedule subject to change). In addition, viewers are urged to check out NBCSportsChicago.com for additional interview footage of the Moser interview, along with an archive of past Inside Look guests over the years.  
 
Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Porter Moser presented by Cadillac premiering Saturday, September 15 at 6:30 PM:
 
Moser on the conversation he had with his father when he decided to become a coach:
“I said ‘Dad, I think...I know I want to coach college basketball.’ He goes, ‘How much you gonna make?’ I go, ‘Well, I’m going to volunteer my first year and bartend at night to make some extra money.’ And he said, ‘Do you love it?...is that what you’re passionate about?’ And I said ‘yes.’ And he says, ‘You gotta do it…you gotta do it.”

Moser on his team approach last season: 
"I never said during the season, ‘Hey you guys, we’re going to the Final Four.’ It was about the process. You ask any one of our guys, it was about getting better, what’s in front of us. We very rarely, pretty much hardly at all, talked about the end goal.”

Moser on the importance of making the NCAA Tournament: 
“There’s been some Loyola Rambler fans that have been sitting here 35 years...they’ve been waiting. And to share this arena with them (Loyola fans), with our families and kids, and to have your name come up on the screen. Miami, then Loyola. And to watch us all jump up, that’s an accumulation of a lot of work. And just to share it with the stage we had and the people we had, that’s what makes things special…the journey you went through and the people that went through it with you.”

Moser on accomplishing a Final Four run in his hometown: 
“I was that kid. Cubs, Bulls, Blackhawks, Bears. I even rooted the White Sox on...and to have a little part of this and to see how Chicago embraced it (Loyola’s run), that meant a lot to me.”

Moser on perseverance: 
“I’ve always said, if I had a tattoo, and I don’t, it would be an old proverb that would be: ‘Fall Seven, Rise Eight.’ And I’ve just been blessed to have people in my life that have always talked about perseverance. I keep a picture of the ‘63 national (championship) team right to my left. Every morning when I walk in to my desk, I see them holding the trophy…and I have another picture of Sheridan Road packed with fans. When things get hard, it’s such a much more rewarding path fighting through it.”

Moser on not being complacent going forward: 
“Don’t get me wrong, I want to win. I want to advance. I want to get better. I’m obsessed this offseason about getting better. I don’t want to talk about repeating. I don’t want to talk about going back to the Final Four. I want to talk about capturing our culture again.”
 

DePaul extends contract of women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno through 2023-24

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DePaul extends contract of women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno through 2023-24

One of the icons of DePaul athletics is sticking around.

Monday, DePaul extended the contract of women's basketball head coach Doug Bruno through the 2023-24 season. Bruno just wrapped up his 32nd season as head coach of his alma mater, leading DePaul to its 16th consecutive NCAA Tournament.

While the Blue Demons were eliminated in the Round of 32 this March, Bruno has led the program to the Sweet 16 three of the last eight seasons.

“I am so thankful to be working at a great institution like DePaul,” Bruno said in a press release. “I never would have been here without coach Ray Meyer who gave me a basketball scholarship, Frank McGrath and Gene Sullivan who hired me in the 1970s."

Behind Bruno, DePaul went 27-8 in 2017-18, winning its fifth-straight Big East regular-season title. The Blue Demons also won their third Big East Tournament title in five years, defeating rival Marquette 98-63. Bruno also picked up his 700th career victory in February, defeating conference-foe Butler 86-68.

“I’ve been fortunate to have great assistant coaches through all the years,” he said. “My current staff is absolutely one of the best in the country.

"Most important, the reason you succeed is the players. I’ve been blessed to have tremendous student-athletes help build the DePaul women’s basketball legacy.

“I am excited about this contract extension because we still have work to do. As proud as we are of everything we have achieved, our expectation through the length of this extension is to take the Blue Demons to even higher places.”