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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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.