NCAA Hoops: DePaul ends Big East skid; 'Cats win

NCAA Hoops: DePaul ends Big East skid; 'Cats win

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011
Posted 10:38 p.m.

Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - DePaul's 24-game losing streak in Big East play ended Thursday night with a 79-76 victory over Providence.

Jeremiah Kelly scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Blue Demons to their first conference victory since they defeated Marquette more than a year ago and their first road victory since they topped Cincinnati on March 6, 2008.

Cleveland Melvin scored 20 for DePaul (7-18, 1-12 Big East) and Brandon Young put up 17 points, including 15 in the second half.

After the Blue Demons built a 10-point halftime lead, Providence (14-12, 3-10 Big East) slowly came back, eventually tying the score at 58.

DePaul put together a quick seven-point spurt to regain control, and the Friars were unable to come back. Marshon Brooks led Providence with 28 points, including 10 of his team's final 12. Duke Mondy added 17 points and seven rebounds.

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Northwestern holds off Iowa 73-70

EVANSTON, Ill. - Michael Thompson scored 16 points and had 10 assists to lead Northwestern to a 73-70 win over Iowa on Thursday night.

After freshman Melsahn Basabe had a putback to get Iowa within 69-66, Luka Mirkovic answered for Northwestern (15-10, 5-9 Big Ten) with a 3-pointer to give them a 72-66 lead with 1:46 left.

But the Wildcats had to hold on in the final minute. Bryce Cartwright hit a jumper and Jarryd Cole had a tip-in to get the Hawkeyes within 72-70 with 5.2 seconds left. Iowa quickly fouled Thompson, who missed the first of two free throws and made the second. Iowa's Zach McCabe threw a full-court pass to Cole, who turned the ball over when he tried to kick it out for a 3.

Cole scored 17 points and Basabe added 13 for Iowa (10-16, 3-11).

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UMKC outlasts Western Illinois 66-61

MACOMB, Ill. - Jay Couisnard scored 31 points and UMKC defeated Western Illinois 66-61 Thursday night.

Reggie Chamberlain added 14 points for the Kangaroos (16-10, 9-6 Summit League).

UMKC built a 25-9 lead in the first half, but Western Illinois went on a 15-0 run in the second half to take a 41-39 lead with 10:39 to play. Couisnard hit a 3-pointer to give UMKC a 47-44 lead with 7:45 remaining, and the Kangaroos stayed ahead the rest of the way.

Matt Lander scored 24 points for the Leathernecks (7-19, 2-13), who have lost nine in a row. Kaimarr Price had nine points and eight rebounds for Western Illinois.

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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.