NCAA Hoops: SIU tops Wichita; DePaul defeated

NCAA Hoops: SIU tops Wichita; DePaul defeated

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011
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Strong second half not enough for DePaul to overtake Cincinnati
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 points, Ibrahima Thomas added 16 and struggling Cincinnati hung on to beat DePaul 71-68 on Tuesday night.The Bearcats (19-5, 6-5 Big East) had dropped five of eight after a 15-0 start and were coming off back-to-back losses to West Virginia and Pittsburgh. Nothing like playing a last-place team to break a slump.Cincinnati led by 17 early in the second half only to see DePaul (6-18, 0-11) whittle it to four.It got particularly interesting when Moses Morgan converted a four-point play, burying the free throw after nailing a 3-pointer while getting fouled. That pulled DePaul within 69-65 with 1:34 left.Cincinnati's Darnell Wilks hit a free throw to make it 70-65 with 13 seconds left, but DePaul's Brandon Young nailed a 3 with 0.4 seconds left. After Cincinnati threw away the inbounds pass, a shot by DePaul's Jimmy Drew rolled off the rim.
Complete Recap, Box ScoreSIU ends losing skid with victory over MVC-leading Wichita State
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Carlton Fay scored 21 points and hit two clutch free throws to lead Southern Illinois to a 56-53 upset of Wichita State on Tuesday night.The Salukis (11-14, 5-9 Missouri Valley) were playing without four regulars and entered the game having lost five straight. Mamadou Seck scored 14 points for Southern Illinois, and Jack Crowder added 11.The Shockers (20-5, 11-3) saw their conference lead fall to a half-game. Toure Murry led them with 16 points, while J.T. Durley added 10.Southern Illinois took its first lead at 33-31 on Fay's 3-pointer with 17:14 remaining. Seck scored six points in the final 5 minutes to push the Salukis' lead to 54-49 with 50.2 seconds remaining. Wichita State closed within 54-53 on two Durley free throws with 12.2 seconds remaining.But Fay hit two free throws 6 seconds later to clinch it.Wichita State had six assists and 15 turnovers.
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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.