NCAA Hoops Roundup: Local teams complete perfect Sunday

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NCAA Hoops Roundup: Local teams complete perfect Sunday

Northwestern tops Fairleigh Dickinson

EVANSTON -- Reggie Hearn scored 14 points and Northwestern's defense did the rest Sunday in an 80-53 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson.Fairleigh Dickinson's inability to convert in the paint prevented them from staying in the game early. The Knights missed six layups in the first half alone, which allowed Northwestern (3-0) to quickly take command in the first meeting between the schools.

For the second time in three games, Northwestern held its opponent to 14 points in the first half, a feat it previously had not accomplished since December 2008. The Wildcats led by as many as 36 points.

Eleven different players scored for the Wildcats, who shot 49 percent from the field. Northwestern's big men dominated Fairleigh Dickinson (0-2) in the post, outscoring them 36-16 in the paint.

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Loyola defeats Maryland-Eastern Shore

TAMPA, Fla. -- Ben Averkamp scored 27 points and Loyola of Chicago beat Maryland-Eastern Shore 62-46 on Sunday.

Averkamp also had eight rebounds and became the 19th player in Loyola (3-2) history with at least 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.

Maryland-Eastern Shore (0-6) got 13 points from Troy Snyder.

Both teams lost games Friday and Saturday in the three-day South Florida Invitational.

Loyola grabbed a 47-36 lead with five minutes remaining on Christian Thomas' three-point play and three in-close baskets by Averkamp.

Averkamp's rebound basket after a missed free throw and his 3-pointer on the Ramblers' next possession extended their lead to 54-36.

Jordan Hicks connected on a long-range jumper, part of a 7-0 run, as Loyola took a 32-31 lead eight minutes into the second half.

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Illinois State throttles Delaware State

NORMAL -- Tyler Brown scored 14 points, Jon Ekey and Nick Zeisloft each chipped in with 11 and Illinois State had no problems with visiting Delaware State in an 87-48 rout for the Redbirds on Sunday afternoon.

Illinois State (3-0) shot 54.7 percent from the field, making 35 of 64 shot attempts including a 9 for 23 mark from behind the arc. Jordan Threloff scored nine points, had eight rebounds and added four assists to his stat total while Bryant Allen and Jackie Carmichael each had eight points.

Delaware State (3-1) had only one player in double figures with Miles Bowman scoring 10 points off the bench, going a perfect 5 for 5 from the field in 20 minutes of play. The Hornets had 22 turnovers and were outrebounded 42 to 28 by the Redbirds.

Illinois State put the game away in the first half, taking a 49-22 lead at the break.

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Eastern Illinois edges IPFW

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Sherman Blanford scored 17 points, including the deciding basket with 21 seconds to play, and Eastern Illinois defeated IPFW 68-67 on Sunday.

The game was part of the Ice Man Classic at Eastern Michigan University.

Josh Piper scored 12 points for the Panthers (2-3), and Malcolm Herron and Morris Woods added 11 points apiece. Blanford had seven rebounds to lead EIU.

Kevin Harden led all scorers with 22 points for the Mastadons (2-3). Frank Gaines had 15 points and Mario Hines scored 10 for IPFW.

The game featured 11 ties and 12 lead changes. Eastern Illinois built an early 11-point lead but IPFW drew within 34-33 at halftime.

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Link leads Western Illinois past Yale

OAKLAND CITY, Ind. -- Adam Link scored 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out three assists to lead Western Illinois past Yale on Sunday afternoon 59-47.

Western Illinois (3-2) trailed the Bulldogs 32-31 at halftime but outscored Yale 28-15 in the second half to close out a win. The Fighting Leathernecks shot 45.8 percent from the field, making 22 of 48, and were almost perfect from the free-throw line, hitting 10 of 11.

Link was one of three players in double figures for Western Illinois. Ceola Clark scored 12 points and added six assists and five rebounds. Jack Houpt had 10 points and four rebounds.

Yale (1-4) didn't have a player in double figures but had two with nine points in Brandon Sherrod and Javier Duren. Justin Sears had eight points and nine rebounds to go along with his four assists.

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Northern Illinois crushes Judson

DE KALB, Ill. (AP) Sam Mader and Akeem Springs scored 16 points apiece and Northern Illinois won its home opener, defeating Judson of Illinois 72-54 on Sunday.

Kevin Gray had 10 points and eight rebounds to lead the Huskies (1-2), who dropped road games at Nebraska-Omaha and Valparaiso.

The Eagles (2-6), who play in NAIA Division II, jumped out to a 20-12 lead. NIU answered by running off 15 straight points and eventually led 39-32 at halftime.

Luke Pearson and Luke Labedzki led Judson with nine points - each of them hitting three 3-pointers.

It was the first meeting between the schools.

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Honda Road Ahead: Blackhawks look to get back on track to close regular season

Honda Road Ahead: Blackhawks look to get back on track to close regular season

Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd break down the Blackhawks' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Blackhawks Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.

There are less than two weeks left in the NHL regular season and teams are jockeying for playoff seeding.

The Blackhawks have the best record in the Western Conference with 103 points. The Blackhawks' next two opponents, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets, also have 103 points. Washington leads the league with 106 points.

Wednesday the Hawks will travel to Pittsburgh. Two days later they host the Blue Jackets.

After that, the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Boston is in line for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

"There's no easy games from here on out." Konroyd said in the video. "Even teams on the outside, looking in are playing for contracts next year."

Watch the video above to see Boyle and Konroyd discuss the upcoming matchups for the Blackhawks.

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks lose to Lightning in OT

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks lose to Lightning in OT

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