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NCAA Hoops: Strong OT propels Irish over Louisville

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NCAA Hoops: Strong OT propels Irish over Louisville

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011
Posted 8:48 p.m. Updated 9:53 p.m.

Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Ben Hansbrough scored 25 points and Carleton Scott had nine of his 16 points in overtime Wednesday night to lead No. 8 Notre Dame to an 89-79 win over No. 16 Louisville.

Tim Abromaitis added 23 points for the Fighting Irish (20-4, 9-3 Big East), who extended their overall win streak to six games and their home streak to 17.

This was the fifth overtime game in the last nine meetings between the two teams. Louisville beat the Irish at home last year in double-overtime.

Kyle Kuric scored a career-high 28 points and Terrence Jennings added 14 for Louisville (18-6, 7-4) before fouling out in overtime.

Preston Knowles, the Cardinals' leading scorer at 14.9 points a game, returned to the starting lineup after missing a home win over DePaul on Feb. 5. and finished with 13 points.

Notre Dame scored the first 14 points of overtime after Scott hit a 3-pointer to start the extra period. Scott added a three-point play to put the Irish up by eight with 3:12 left.

Scott then grabbed an offensive rebound and dunked the putback, and Ben Hansbrough drove the lane for a layup with 1:06 left to push the Irish lead to 14.

In the final minute of regulation, Knowles missed a 3-point attempt and Hansbrough knocked the rebound out of bounds with 25.6 seconds left. Louisville had a chance to win it, but Knowles missed again from long range to send the game to overtime.

Kuric vaulted over Scott Martin near the end of the first half and dunked with eight-tenths of a second to play. Martin was whistled for a foul, but Kuric picked up a technical on the play. Abromaitis hit both free throws and Kuric hit his as well to give the Cardinals a 44-40 halftime lead.

Jack Cooley provided a lift off the bench in the first half for the Irish with 10 points.

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Michigan holds on for 75-66 win over Northwestern

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Jordan Morgan scored a career-high 27 points, and Michigan held off a valiant Northwestern rally in a 75-66 win Wednesday night.

The Wolverines (15-10, 5-7 Big Ten) led 67-52 before the Wildcats scored 14 straight points late in the second half. Michigan's Darius Morris finally stopped the run with a pair of free throws with 2:16 remaining.

Morgan then blocked JerShon Cobb's shot and made a pair of baskets himself - the second an alley-oop dunk set up by Morris that made it 73-66.

Michael Thompson scored all 17 of his points in the second half for the Wildcats (14-9, 4-8).

Morgan scored 17 of his points in the first half.

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N. Illinois falls at Miami (Ohio)

OXFORD, Ohio - Allen Roberts scored 23 points to lead Miami (Ohio) over Northern Illinois 84-72 on Wednesday night.

Julian Mavunga added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the RedHawks (12-12, 7-3 Mid-American Conference), who have won four of their last five contests. Nick Winbush had 14 points, Orlando Williams 13 and Chris McHenry 12.

Miami shot 57.7 percent from the floor (15 of 26), including 7 of 11 from 3-point range (63.6 percent) in the opening half to take a 44-38 halftime lead.

A layup from Williams with 15:22 left to play capped a 14-2 run to start the second half as the RedHawks increased their lead to 58-40. Miami led by at least 12 the rest of the way.

Xavier Silas scored 14 points, Jeremy Landers added 13 and Tyler Storm 10 for the Huskies (7-15, 3-7), who have lost six of their last seven games.

Miami outrebounded Northern Illinois 37-27.

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Weems hits 27 as Missouri State tops Bradley 77-69

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Kyle Weems scored 27 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer to boost Missouri State to a 77-69 victory over Bradley on Wednesday night.

Weems went 6 of 7 from 3-point range for the Bears (19-6, 11-3 Missouri Valley), who moved back into a tie for first in the conference with idle Wichita State.

Jermaine Mallett scored 16 points and Will Creekmore 11 points, and both had seven rebounds.

Bradley (8-17, 2-12) got 20 points from Dodie Dunson and 12 each from Andrew Warren and Jordan Prosser.

After Prosser gave Bradley its last lead at 63-61 with 4:07 to go, Caleb Patterson tied it and then Weems' 3-pointer put Missouri State ahead to stay 66-63 with 3:15 left.

Dunson trimmed to deficit to 71-69 with 39 seconds to go. But Bradley missed its final three shots, and Mallett hit two free throws and Weems four to close it out.

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Indiana State beats Illinois State 56-46

NORMAL, Ill. - Jake Odum scored 13 points and Indiana State scored 19 of the game's last 20 points Wednesday night to beat Illinois State 56-46.

The Sycamores (13-12, 8-6 Missouri Valley) trailed 45-37 with 9 minutes left, but held Illinois State to a free throw the rest of the way. RJ Mahurin was fouled attempting a 3-pointer and made all three free throws to tie the game at 45 with 5:13 left. Koang Duluony's layup - his only points of the game - put the Sycamores in front to stay with 4:08 to play.

Odum also had eight rebounds for Indiana State, which won despite shooting just 35 percent from outside.

Tony Lewis had 11 points and eight rebounds, and Trey Blue scored 10 points to lead the Redbirds (11-14, 3-11). Illinois State shot 33 percent from the field, and made only 29 percent of its second-half shots.

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DePaul athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto retiring after 18 years at helm

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DePaul athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto retiring after 18 years at helm

DePaul athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto informed the university she will retire in the coming months after 18 years at the helm. 

"It truly has been our privilege and the honor of a lifetime to serve DePaul as athletic director and to witness the unprecedented growth from that  ‘little school under the el’ to its current world class University serving students from around the globe," Ponsetto said in a statement.

“The changing times over these past few months has led me to this decision. Having successfully battled two breast cancer diagnoses and currently in treatment for a third, I thought it was time to step away from the long days, working every weekend and the 24/7 demands that being an athletic director requires."

Ponsetto has been a member of DePaul's athletic department since 1974, when she was a four-sport athlete (tennis, volleyball, basketball, softball). After graduating in 1978, she became DePaul's first assistant women's basketball coach. She later spent seven years as the senior associate athletic director before taking over as AD in 2002.

Ponsetto guided DePaul into the Big East from Conference USA in 2003 and helped organize the new Big East in 2013. She oversaw the development of Wintrust Arena, now home to the basketball teams after decades of playing at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

The women's team has made 17 straight NCAA tournaments under head coach Doug Bruno. The men's team hasn't made the tournament since 2004 and has just two winning seasons since (2006-07, 2018-19). Ponsetto has hired three coaches in that span: Jerry Wainwright, Oliver Purnell and Dave Leitao — who is in his second stint as head coach.

The NCAA put DePaul's men's basketball program on probation for three years last summer due to a recruiting violation, of one two controversies to surround the athletic department in recent years. In April, a sports psychologist formerly affiliated with DePaul filed a lawsuit claiming she was terminated after raising concerns of former softball coach Eugene Lenti's abusive behavior towards players. Lenti is Lenti Ponsetto's brother.

Ponsetto will stay in her role and assist DePaul in its transition to a new AD. The university plans to conduct a national search for her replacement this summer.

NCAA to allow student-athletes to make money off name, image, likeness

NCAA to allow student-athletes to make money off name, image, likeness

The NCAA still won’t be paying its players, but it will allow student-athletes to receive endorsements from third-parties.

The governmental body for college athletics has long been a strong proponent of its athletes being amateurs, but this marks a drastic change in that, even if the schools won’t be allowed to pay the athletes directly. The NCAA’s Board of Governors met this week and supported the changes with some caveats.

“While student-athletes would be permitted to identify themselves by sport and school, the use of conference and school logos, trademarks or other involvement would not be allowed,” a press release from the NCAA read. “The board emphasized that at no point should a university or college pay student-athletes for name, image and likeness activities.”

The rule changes aren’t officially in place and must be implemented by the three divisions of college athletics that fall under the NCAA. The next step is for each division to make the actual rules the board of governors supported. The goal is for that to be in place in January and to take effect for the 2021-22 school year.

“The board’s action is the latest step by the Association to support college athletes and modernize its rules regarding name, image and likeness,” the press release read.

The process for this started back in October and has remained on track for January 2021. 

Maybe the next time a player like Zion Williamson gets hurt busting his shoe open on the court, he can switch shoe companies and make some money off it?