NCAA roundup: Ekey plays hero in Illini's victory over Iowa

NCAA roundup: Ekey plays hero in Illini's victory over Iowa
March 8, 2014, 11:00 pm
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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jon Ekey hit a 3-pointer in the final second to lift Illinois to a 66-63 victory over No. 24 Iowa on Saturday night.

Rayvonte Rice scored 15 points to lead the Illini (18-13, 7-11 Big Ten), who notched consecutive road wins against ranked opponents for the first time since 2005.

Iowa's Roy Devyn Marble - the Big Ten's leading scorer - was held to eight points on 3-of-11 shooting. The Hawkeyes (20-11, 9-9) have lost five of their last six games.

Ekey's 30-foot game-winner left only a half-second on the game clock. A foul on Iowa's Mike Gesell with 13.8 seconds remaining reset the shot clock and gave Illinois the final shot.

Ekey, who finished with 12 points, hit another big 3-pointer with 3:03 left to give the Illini a 63-59 lead.

The Hawkeyes misfired on their next few trips. Gesell missed a 3-pointer, Adam Woodbury threw away the ball and Aaron White mishandled a pass.

Then Marble's slash to the hoop cut Illinois' lead to 63-61 with 1:09 left and Gabe Olaseni's putback with 41 seconds left tied the game at 63.

Illinois split the season series with Iowa despite 13 turnovers that led to 23 points for the Hawkeyes. The Illini were coming off a home loss to No. 12 Michigan on Tuesday, but had beaten then No. 18 Michigan State in East Lansing on March 1.

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Indiana State slips past S. Illinois

ST. LOUIS -- Khristian Smith tipped in a missed Justin Gant jumper with 14 seconds remaining to give No. 2 seed Indiana State a 62-59 win over sixth-seeded Southern Illinois in the semifinal round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament Saturday.

Desmar Jackson had a look at a 3-point jumper with 3 seconds left but missed as Gant had his hands in Jackson's face.

Indiana State won the right to face No. 2 Wichita State in the tournament championship game Sunday. Undefeated Wichita State, now 33-0, routed Missouri State 67-42 in the other semifinal game.

Jake Odum, who made three straight free throws in the closing minutes, led Indiana State (23-9) with 20 points and Gant added 13.

Jackson, who made only 1 of 10 field goal attempts, made two free throws to pull Southern Illinois within one, 60-59 with 45 seconds left.

Anthony Beane had 16 points for Southern Illinois (14-19).

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Bowie leads N. Illinois past Ball St.

DEKALB -- Darrell Bowie scored 17 points and Northern Illinois had a 37-13 advantage in bench scoring to pull away from Ball State 70-56 on Saturday.

Aaron Armstead led the charge off the bench with 11 points and his brother Aaric and J.J. Cravatta had nine each for the Huskies (14-16, 8-10 Mid-American Conference).

Frank House had 19 points and Majok Majok 12 for the Cardinals (5-24, 2-16), who have lost 12 of 13.

Northern Illinois led 28-27 at the half. Chris Bond made a basket for Ball State at 18:42 to tie the game at 41 but the Cardinals were limited to four free throws until Mark Alstork had a three-point play with 7 minutes left. By then the Huskies led 48-39.

Ball State ended up 2 of 11 from 3-point range and had 19 turnovers. Northern Illinois was 24 of 31 from the foul line.

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Duhon lifts Chicago State past Seattle

Nate Duhon scored 18 points to lead Chicago to a 67-53 win over Seattle on Saturday.

Matt Ross added 15 points and 10 rebounds and Quinton Pippen had 14 points for Chicago State (13-18, 8-8 Western Athletic Conference), which earned the third seed in the league tournament in Las Vegas next week.

Jarell Flora had 22 points for Seattle (13-16, 5-11). He had 16 in the second half but he was the only effective player for the Red Hawks. Seattle shot 31.3 percent, going 9 of 22 from 3-point range (41 percent) but just 6-26 from inside the arc. The Redhawks also struggled from the foul line (14-23) and had 24 turnovers.

Chicago State, which had never been as high as a three-seed in any conference it was in since joining the Mid-Continent Conference in 1994, made 12 of 16 free throws in the second half.

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