NCAA Hoops: Strong OT propels Irish over Louisville

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NCAA Hoops: Strong OT propels Irish over Louisville

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011
Posted 8:48 p.m. Updated 9:53 p.m.

Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Ben Hansbrough scored 25 points and Carleton Scott had nine of his 16 points in overtime Wednesday night to lead No. 8 Notre Dame to an 89-79 win over No. 16 Louisville.

Tim Abromaitis added 23 points for the Fighting Irish (20-4, 9-3 Big East), who extended their overall win streak to six games and their home streak to 17.

This was the fifth overtime game in the last nine meetings between the two teams. Louisville beat the Irish at home last year in double-overtime.

Kyle Kuric scored a career-high 28 points and Terrence Jennings added 14 for Louisville (18-6, 7-4) before fouling out in overtime.

Preston Knowles, the Cardinals' leading scorer at 14.9 points a game, returned to the starting lineup after missing a home win over DePaul on Feb. 5. and finished with 13 points.

Notre Dame scored the first 14 points of overtime after Scott hit a 3-pointer to start the extra period. Scott added a three-point play to put the Irish up by eight with 3:12 left.

Scott then grabbed an offensive rebound and dunked the putback, and Ben Hansbrough drove the lane for a layup with 1:06 left to push the Irish lead to 14.

In the final minute of regulation, Knowles missed a 3-point attempt and Hansbrough knocked the rebound out of bounds with 25.6 seconds left. Louisville had a chance to win it, but Knowles missed again from long range to send the game to overtime.

Kuric vaulted over Scott Martin near the end of the first half and dunked with eight-tenths of a second to play. Martin was whistled for a foul, but Kuric picked up a technical on the play. Abromaitis hit both free throws and Kuric hit his as well to give the Cardinals a 44-40 halftime lead.

Jack Cooley provided a lift off the bench in the first half for the Irish with 10 points.

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Michigan holds on for 75-66 win over Northwestern

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Jordan Morgan scored a career-high 27 points, and Michigan held off a valiant Northwestern rally in a 75-66 win Wednesday night.

The Wolverines (15-10, 5-7 Big Ten) led 67-52 before the Wildcats scored 14 straight points late in the second half. Michigan's Darius Morris finally stopped the run with a pair of free throws with 2:16 remaining.

Morgan then blocked JerShon Cobb's shot and made a pair of baskets himself - the second an alley-oop dunk set up by Morris that made it 73-66.

Michael Thompson scored all 17 of his points in the second half for the Wildcats (14-9, 4-8).

Morgan scored 17 of his points in the first half.

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N. Illinois falls at Miami (Ohio)

OXFORD, Ohio - Allen Roberts scored 23 points to lead Miami (Ohio) over Northern Illinois 84-72 on Wednesday night.

Julian Mavunga added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the RedHawks (12-12, 7-3 Mid-American Conference), who have won four of their last five contests. Nick Winbush had 14 points, Orlando Williams 13 and Chris McHenry 12.

Miami shot 57.7 percent from the floor (15 of 26), including 7 of 11 from 3-point range (63.6 percent) in the opening half to take a 44-38 halftime lead.

A layup from Williams with 15:22 left to play capped a 14-2 run to start the second half as the RedHawks increased their lead to 58-40. Miami led by at least 12 the rest of the way.

Xavier Silas scored 14 points, Jeremy Landers added 13 and Tyler Storm 10 for the Huskies (7-15, 3-7), who have lost six of their last seven games.

Miami outrebounded Northern Illinois 37-27.

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Weems hits 27 as Missouri State tops Bradley 77-69

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Kyle Weems scored 27 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer to boost Missouri State to a 77-69 victory over Bradley on Wednesday night.

Weems went 6 of 7 from 3-point range for the Bears (19-6, 11-3 Missouri Valley), who moved back into a tie for first in the conference with idle Wichita State.

Jermaine Mallett scored 16 points and Will Creekmore 11 points, and both had seven rebounds.

Bradley (8-17, 2-12) got 20 points from Dodie Dunson and 12 each from Andrew Warren and Jordan Prosser.

After Prosser gave Bradley its last lead at 63-61 with 4:07 to go, Caleb Patterson tied it and then Weems' 3-pointer put Missouri State ahead to stay 66-63 with 3:15 left.

Dunson trimmed to deficit to 71-69 with 39 seconds to go. But Bradley missed its final three shots, and Mallett hit two free throws and Weems four to close it out.

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Indiana State beats Illinois State 56-46

NORMAL, Ill. - Jake Odum scored 13 points and Indiana State scored 19 of the game's last 20 points Wednesday night to beat Illinois State 56-46.

The Sycamores (13-12, 8-6 Missouri Valley) trailed 45-37 with 9 minutes left, but held Illinois State to a free throw the rest of the way. RJ Mahurin was fouled attempting a 3-pointer and made all three free throws to tie the game at 45 with 5:13 left. Koang Duluony's layup - his only points of the game - put the Sycamores in front to stay with 4:08 to play.

Odum also had eight rebounds for Indiana State, which won despite shooting just 35 percent from outside.

Tony Lewis had 11 points and eight rebounds, and Trey Blue scored 10 points to lead the Redbirds (11-14, 3-11). Illinois State shot 33 percent from the field, and made only 29 percent of its second-half shots.

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Wednesday on CSN: Illinois State and Loyola host in Valley doubleheader

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Wednesday on CSN: Illinois State and Loyola host in Valley doubleheader

The Missouri Valley Conference returns to CSN with live college hoops action on Wednesday night.

Looking to make a push for the NCAA tournament, Illinois State hosts Southern Illinois at 6 p.m. live on CSN. Then at 7 p.m. on CSN+, Loyola will host Drake in another Valley contest.

The Redbirds (23-5, 15-1) have won four straight games as they are co-leaders of the conference with Wichita State. Senior Deontae Hawkins leads Illinois State in scoring at 14.6 points per game.

Southern Illinois (15-14, 8-8) won on the road at Indiana State to snap a three-game losing streak as they're hoping for a better result after losing to Illinois State at home by seven earlier this season. Senior point guard Mike Rodriguez leads the Salukis in points and assists at 13.0 points and 4.1 assists per game.

In the second game, Loyola is trying to make a move up the conference standings as they host Drake.

The Ramblers (17-12, 7-9) lost to the Bulldogs on the road earlier this season as they enter this one having lost five of six games. Loyola is led by senior Milton Doyle as he leads the Ramblers in points and assists at 15.6 points and 4.3 assists per contest. 

Drake (7-21, 5-11) has lost seven straight games but they did get the best of the Ramblers in that 102-98 thriller earlier this season. The Bulldogs do have a talented junior in Reed Timmer as he's putting up 15.6 points per game.

Both of these games are important for Missouri Valley Conference tournament seeding purposes as Arch Madness begins on Thursday, March 2.

You can catch Thursday and Friday's MVC Tournament action live on CSN on March 2 and March 3.

Tuesday on CSN+: UIC hosts Green Bay

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Tuesday on CSN+: UIC hosts Green Bay

College hoops returns to CSN on Tuesday with some local action as UIC hosts Green Bay. You can watch this Horizon League matchup live on CSN+ at 7 p.m.

The Flames (14-14, 7-8) are coming off of a loss to Oakland as they try to make one more push up the conference standings. Junior big man Tai Odiase leads UIC at 11.3 points per game as the former Homewood-Flossmoor product is also a solid rim protector.

Green Bay (16-11, 10-5) is still fighting for one of the conference's top spots as they're coming off of a win over Milwaukee. The Phoenix already own a four-point win over UIC this season at home in a close game.

Senior guard Charles Cooper is averaging 13.0 points per game as he's been one of the better guards in the conference this season.