NCAA hoops roundup: Illinois crushed by Wisconsin

NCAA hoops roundup: Illinois crushed by Wisconsin
January 8, 2014, 10:00 pm
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Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. -- Ben Brust scored 18 points, Sam Dekker added 17 and No. 4 Wisconsin used a 20-0 run in the first half to easily beat No. 23 Illinois 95-70 on Wednesday night.

The Badgers improved to 16-0 (3-0 Big Ten), the best start in school history.

Wisconsin shot 53 percent from the field in the first half to open up a 25-point lead by halftime. The Illini (13-3, 2-1) stumbled badly in their debut this year as a Top 25 team and lost a sixth straight to their border rival.

Rayvonte Rice led Illinois with 19 points on 7-of-21 shooting.

The Illini missed 13 straight shots, some on easy looks, while Wisconsin methodically wore them down inside and on the perimeter during the big first-half run.

Joseph Bertrand added 18 points and nine rebounds for Illinois, while Tracy Abrams had eight points. Nnanna Egwu grabbed 10 rebounds, including nine on the offensive end.

The balanced Badgers had five players with at least 11 points, with Frank Kaminsky adding 15 and freshman Nigel Hayes 11 off the bench. Traevon Jackson had 15 points and went 7 of 7 from the foul line.

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No. 6 Wichita State stifles Illinois State

WICHITA, Kan. -- Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker each scored 11 points, and No. 6 Wichita State cruised past Illinois State 66-47 on Wednesday night with tight defense and a balanced effort.

Wichita State (16-0, 3-0 Missouri Valley Conference) extended both the longest winning streak and best start to a season in program history by holding Illinois State (8-7, 1-2) to 27 percent shooting (18 of 55).

Bobby Hunter scored 11 points to lead the Redbirds, outrebounded 44-37.

Already up by 13 at halftime, Wichita State started the second half with seven straight points. Chadrack Lufile scored the first four down low, and Tekele Cotton hit a 3-pointer for a 44-24 lead.

An 8-3 Shockers run featuring Nick Wiggins hitting a 3-pointer and converting an alley-oop slam pushed their advantage to 54-30 with 10:53 remaining.

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Southern Illinois edges Loyola

Desmar Jackson scored a career-high 31 points as Southern Illinois pushed past Loyola of Chicago in the final seconds to win 71-67 on Wednesday night.

Southern Illinois (5-11, 1-2 Missouri Valley Conference) trailed 67-65 after a Jeff White layup and two free throws from Christian Thomas put Loyola ahead. The Salukis tied up the score with 58 seconds to play, and Jalen Pendleton made a layup with 6 seconds left. Jackson sunk two free throws to close the game.

The Ramblers turned the ball over twice in the final 38 seconds and missed one free throw. The game remained within one possession for the majority of the second half, with the largest lead at four points.

Christian Thomas scored 21 points and Milton Doyle added 17 to lead Loyola (6-9, 1-2).

Both teams shot above 50 percent from the floor, but the Ramblers turned the ball over 17 times.

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Missouri State over Bradley 68-65

PEORIA Jarmar Gulley scored 26 points and grabbed five rebounds to help give Missouri State a 68-65 victory over Bradley on Wednesday night.

Marcus Marshall had 20 points with four assists for the Bears (12-3, 2-1 Missouri Valley Conference). Austin Ruder added eight points. Missouri State hit 51 percent from the field overall and 63.2 percent from the line.

Omari Grier sank a pair of 3-pointers within a minute to help the Braves (6-10, 1-2) go up by 11 at 8:59 in the first before losing the momentum to trail the Bears by one at the break.

With the Bears down by two at 7:45 second period, Marshall hit a 3-pointer and sparked a 15-8 run to give Missouri State a 64-59 lead with a minute left to play.

Walt Lemon, Jr. led the Braves with 25 points, four assists and four steals.

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McCrea, Buffalo beat Northern Illinois

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Javon McCrea had 14 points, eight rebounds, eight blocks, and four assists on Wednesday night to lead Buffalo past Northern Illinois 67-46 in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams.

McCrea's eight blocks tied a career high and Will Regan added 15 points and six rebounds for the Bulls (7-4). Shannon Evans scored 11 and Joshua Freelove added 10.

Buffalo opened the game on a 16-0 run, but Northern Illinois closed to within 24-20 by halftime.

The Bulls went on an 11-2 run early in the second half to extend its lead to 40-27 and maintained their advantage until closing the game on a 10-2 run.

Northern Illinois (6-7) was able to slow down Buffalo's offense for stretches, but was unable to overcome 19 turnovers and 27.3 percent shooting. Darrell Bowie had 13 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for the Huskies.

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