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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Sunday on CSN: UIC travels to Valparaiso

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Sunday on CSN: UIC travels to Valparaiso

Horizon League basketball returns to CSN on Sunday as UIC travels to Valparaiso. This game tips at 2:00 p.m. live on CSN.

The Flames (11-8, 4-2) have won three straight games and have played pretty good ball after the loss of Dikembe Dixson to a torn ACL. Junior big man Tai Odiase, a Homewood-Flossmoor graduate, is playing well along with former St. Rita product Dominique Matthews.

Valparaiso (15-4, 5-1) is hoping to maintain its conference lead behind senior All-American candidate Alec Peters. The 6-foot-9 senior is averaging 23.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game on the season.

The Crusaders won the first time these two teams played at UIC on Dec. 30 as Tevonn Walker had 23 points.

Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

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Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday. 

The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.

Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.

Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.

The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season. 

Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.