NCAA Hoops: Illini get message, end road woes

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NCAA Hoops: Illini get message, end road woes

Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011
Posted 10:35 p.m. Updated 11:21 p.m.

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Mike Davis had 17 points and nine rebounds and Demetri McCamey scored 17 points in a surprise role off the bench to lead Illinois to a 71-62 victory over Minnesota on Thursday night.

D.J. Richardson added 11 points for the Illini (16-8, 6-5 Big Ten), who outscored Minnesota 23-2 off the bench to snap a four-game road losing streak.

Trevor Mbakwe had 17 points and 16 rebounds and Ralph Sampson III added 16 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for the Golden Gophers (16-8, 5-7). Minnesota has lost four straight games, including two at home that have seriously hurt their NCAA tournament resume.

Blake Hoffarber had 15 points, but Minnesota's leading scorer made just 5 of 13 shots and was harassed all night by a determined Illinois defense.

As the clock ticked down, a vocal contingent of Illini fans chanted, "This is our house!"

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Kreps' shot gives Illinois-Chicago 63-61 OT win

CHICAGO - Robo Kreps hit a driving runner as time expired in overtime, lifting Illinois-Chicago to a 63-61 victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay on Thursday night.

Kreps, who had 21 points, came off a screen near the top of the key, drove left and converted an up-and-under move for the game-winner. Paul Carter added 22 points and nine rebounds for the Flames (7-19, 2-12 Horizon), who had lost 12 of their previous 13 games.

Alec Brown had 14 points and Jarvis Williams 13 for Green Bay (12-13, 6-7), which had beaten the Flames 74-50 on Jan. 15.

The Phoenix forced the overtime period when Rahmon Fletcher scored a layup off an inbounds play with 1 second remaining, tying the game at 56.

Illinois-Chicago, which missed all 12 of its 3-point attempts in the previous loss to Green Bay, was 6 for 17 in the rematch Thursday. Green Bay, on the other hand, was just 2 for 16 from beyond the arc and made only 3 of 10 free-throw attempts.

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Wisconsin-Milwaukee beats Loyola of Chicago 66-57

CHICAGO - Tony Meier scored 16 points to lead Wisconsin-Milwaukee past Loyola of Chicago 66-57 on Thursday night.

Milwaukee (14-11, 9-5 Horizon) raced to a 16-2 lead and never trailed in the contest. The lead reached 26-7 later in the first half and the Panthers held a 32-20 edge at the break.

Tone Boyle added 12 points for Milwaukee and Kaylon Williams just missed a double-double with 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Andy Polka had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Loyola (13-12, 4-10). Terrance Hill scored 15 points and Ben Averkamp added 10 for the Ramblers, who never got closer than eight points after Milwaukee's opening run.

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Faried, Morehead State beat Eastern Illinois 81-65

MOREHEAD, Ky. - Kenneth Faried had 18 points and 13 rebounds for his 20th double-double of the season as Morehead State cruised to an 81-65 win over Eastern Illinois on Thursday night, splitting the season series.

Faried had 13 rebounds, but only five points, as the Panthers won 47-40 on Jan. 15.

The Eagles (18-8, 10-4 Ohio Valley Conference) took a 43-20 halftime lead and led by as many as 39 points, at 77-38 with 7:23 to play.

Eastern Illinois (8-16, 4-10) used a 19-0 run to close the gap to 77-57 with 2:15 to go.

Demonte Harper added 15 points for Morehead State, while Terrance Hill added 13 and Ty Proffitt 10.

For the Panthers, Isaac Smith had a career-high 15 and Nick McFarlin added a career-high 13, both off the bench.

Morehead State held Jeremy Granger, Eastern Illinois' leading scorer (14.7 points per game) to only seven as he fouled out with 11:19 left.

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North Dakota State stops Western Illinois 68-48

FARGO, N.D. - Taylor Braun had 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds as North Dakota State defeated Western Illinois 68-48 on Thursday night.

Drew Lundberg added 11 points and Michael Tveidt 10 for the Bison (13-11, 7-7 Summit League), who have won four of their last five.

Mike Felt hit three 3-pointers for North Dakota State, which piled up a 42-29 second-half advantage.

Matt Lander scored 21 points and Emeka Okafor Jr. 13 for the Leathernecks (7-17, 2-11), who lost their seventh in a row and 10th straight road game.

The Bison took the lead for good when Felt's 3-pointer made it 18-15 with 3:41 left in the first half. North Dakota State led 26-19 at halftime.

Western Illinois closed within 27-24 early in the second half, but Freddy Coleman's layup ended a 10-2 run that gave North Dakota State a 37-26 lead with 15:44 left, and the Bison cruised home.

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Saturday on CSN: Bradley vs. Nevada; Illinois State vs. New Mexico

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Saturday on CSN: Bradley vs. Nevada; Illinois State vs. New Mexico

CSN will have two quality college basketball matchups on Saturday as two Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge games will be featured live.

Bradley (4-3) has Nevada (6-2) in town for a 7 p.m. game Saturday on CSN while Illinois State (3-2) will host New Mexico (5-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday on CSN+.

The Braves have alternated wins and losses all season as they hope to build momentum off of a road win over Eastern Illinois.

Freshman guard Darrell Brown paces Bradley at 15.3 points per game on 48 percent three-point shooting while junior guard JoJo McGlaston is putting up 12.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest.

Nevada enters this one winning four of their last five games as senior guard Marcus Marshall is averaging 20.0 points and 3.9 assists per game. Sophomore forward Cameron Oliver has been generating some pro buzz as he's averaging 16.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 44 percent from three-point range.

In the second contest, Illinois State is hoping for a key non-conference win against a quality opponent. Senior forward Deontae Hawkins is doing some solid damage as he's averaging 16.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while junior forward MiKyle McIntosh is at 14.2 points and 7.2 rebounds a game.

Proviso East product Paris Lee is also having a good year at guard for Illinois State.

New Mexico is led by a former area product as Homewood-Flossmoor graduate Tim Williams is averaging 19.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the Lobos. Junior guard Elijah Brown, the son of former NBA coach Mike Brown, is also playing well for New Mexico as he's putting up 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

Preview: Northern Iowa takes on George Mason tonight on CSN+

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Preview: Northern Iowa takes on George Mason tonight on CSN+

Northern Iowa looks to snap a two-game losing streak as they host George Mason tonight. You can catch this game live on CSN+ at 7 p.m.

The Panthers (3-2) have lost both games to Xavier as Northern Iowa matched up with the top-25 team for the title in the Tire Pros Invitational in Orlando before losing to them on the road less than a week later.

Northern Iowa does own some solid wins over Oklahoma and Arizona State as they're led by senior Jeremy Morgan, who is averaging 16.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game -- which all lead the team. 

Junior forward Klint Carlson has also been strong for the Panthers as he's put up 12.2 points per game while shooting 44 percent from three-point range.

George Mason (3-2) has won three consecutive games -- with two of those wins coming by four points or less. The Patriots haven't played anyone as good as Northern Iowa yet as they beat Kent State, Bradley and James Madison.