NCAA Hoops: Butler rolls past UIC; EIU falls

NCAA Hoops: Butler rolls past UIC; EIU falls

Monday, Feb. 7, 2011
Posted 9:54 p.m. Updated 10:49 p.m.

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Shelvin Mack scored 17 points and Butler beat Illinois-Chicago for the ninth straight time, 72-65 Monday night.Khyle Marshall added 11 points, and Zach Hahn and Ronald Nored each had 10 for the Bulldogs (16-9, 8-5 Horizon).Robo Kreps scored 22 points to reach 1,500 for his career, and Paul Carter finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds the Flames (6-19, 1-12).After 13 lead changes and five ties in the first 34 minutes, Butler pulled away with a 15-4 run to go up 59-46 with 7:42 remaining. Illinois-Chicago cut the deficit to 62-58 with 4:38 left but couldn't get any closer.The first half included nine lead changes and four ties, and the Bulldogs went into halftime ahead 34-33.
Complete Recap, Box ScoreEIU drops fifth straight to Murray StateCHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) B.J. Jenkins scored 21 points and Murray State rallied with a late 18-0 run to defeat Eastern Illinois 66-53 Monday night.Isaiah Canaan added 16 points and Isacc Miles had 11 for the Racers (18-6, 10-3 Ohio Valley), who have won six straight since losing to the Panthers on Jan. 20.Zavier Sanders scored 18 points to lead Eastern Illinois (8-15, 4-9), which has dropped five in a row since its last meeting with Murray State. Jeremy Granger had 16 points.The conference-leading Racers trailed 49-46 after Sanders' layup with 7:28 to play but then held the Panthers scoreless over the next 6:49 as they put together their decisive run.Murray State shot only 42.2 percent compared to 56.4 percent for Eastern Illinois but hit 12 3-pointers and 16 free throws while the Panthers made three 3s and six free throws.
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DePaul basketball program on the rise after landing 5-star recruit Tyger Campbell

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DePaul basketball program on the rise after landing 5-star recruit Tyger Campbell

DePaul hoops received a huge boost this week as five-star recruit Tyger Campbell committed to the university.

The elite point guard recruit out of La Lumiere, will join the Class of 2018, choosing DePaul over schools like Michigan State, Illinois and Memphis.

"I like DePaul and honestly my coach (Shane Heirman) just went there and we have a great connection and he's always had my back," Campbell told Scout.com. "I like [DePaul] coach Dave Leitao, too. I like his program and he's an intelligent guy.

"Mainly what I like about the school is I want to help bring it back. I love Chicago; it's a great city. I want to bring the city a college back to cheer for."

Campbell also said the Blue Demons' new Wintrust Arena at McCormick Place Event Center, which is slated to open this fall, is a big draw for him.

The Blue Demons are a combined 18-45 the last two seasons and hasven't had a winning season since 2006-07 when they went 20-14 and made the NIT Quarterfinals.

The program last made the NCAA Tournament in 2003-04 during Leitao's first stint as the team's head coach.

Northern Illinois adds running back Fotis Kokosioulis

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Northern Illinois adds running back Fotis Kokosioulis

Northern Illinois University added it's fourth known verbal commitment today in its growing Class of 2018.

Maine South junior running back Fotis Kokosioulis (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) added an offer from the Huskies on Tuesday after making a spring practice visit, and today he gave head coach Rod Carey his verbal commitment.

"I chose NIU because it's been a school that I've liked for awhile now," Kokosioulis said moments ago. "I like the facilities at NIU, the stadium and everything else they have to offer. I also really like all the coaches at NIU. I felt that even if I got more offers I would've still chose NIU over other schools. I know that there are bigger school and programs but I feel that I just fit in well at NIU, so I committed."

Kokosioulis, who was an All-State performer for the Class 8A state champion Maine South Hawks in 2016, is now the fourth known in-state verbal commitment for Rod Carey and the Huskies and the fifth known commitment overall. Kokosioulis joins Andrew defensive end Mike DeHaan, Plainfield East defensive end Jack Sullivan and Danville tight end Julian Pearl in the NIU Huskies in-state Class of 2018.