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NCAA Hoops: Wildcats rally to beat Minnesota

NCAA Hoops: Wildcats rally to beat Minnesota

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
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EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Michael Thompson and sophomore reserve Alex Marcotullio scored 18 points apiece as Northwestern rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit for a 68-57 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Marcotullio, who had a career night, scored 10 points over a 6-minute span in the second half for the Wildcats (17-12, 7-11 Big Ten), who trailed 41-31 with 13:11 to play.

Trevor Mbakwe picked up his 17th double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Golden Gophers (17-12, 6-11), who lost their fourth in a row.

Thompson scored 15 second-half points. John Shurna had 15 for the game, while reserve Davide Curletti added 12.

Northwestern moved ahead of Minnesota into sole possession of eighth in the Big Ten.

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NIU storms past Eastern Michigan

DE KALB, Ill. (AP) Jeremy Landers scored 17 points to lead Northern Illinois to a 66-49 victory over cold-shooting Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night.

Antone Christian added 13 points and Tim Toler 12 for the Huskies (9-19, 5-10 Mid-American Conference), who won their second straight game.

Brandon Bowdry's 17 points led the Eagles (8-21, 4-11), who lost their third in a row. Bowdry was the only Eastern Michigan player with more than three baskets, going 4-for-10 as his team shot 14-for-52 (26.9 percent). Antonio Green added 15 points, including three of the Eagles' five 3-pointers.

Northern Illinois was shut out from 3-point range, going 0-for-7, but hit 20 of 44 (45.5 percent) from the floor 26 of 33 (78.8 percent) from the line.

The Huskies led 8-0, then 28-14 at intermission. Eastern Michigan shot just 4 of 25 in the first half and never got closer than 10 in the second half.

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DePaul woes continue with loss to Rutgers

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Jonathan Mitchell scored 18 points as Rutgers was able to hold off DePaul 68-64 on Wednesday night.

Rutgers (14-15, 5-12 Big East) led 63-57 after Gilvydas Biruta's dunk with 1:43 left, but Brandon Young made a pair of free throws and Moses Morgan had a three-point play to get DePaul within 63-62 with 31.1 seconds left.

But Rutgers was able to hold on. Mitchell made a pair of free throws, and after Morgan missed a 3-point attempt, James Beatty made two free throws to make it 67-62 with 19.1 seconds left.

Young scored 21 points for the Blue Demons (7-22, 1-16), who were unable to win a conference home game.

Dane Miller and Beatty each finished with 11 points for Rutgers.

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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?