NCAA Hoops: NIU, Bradley, Eastern all fall

NCAA Hoops: NIU, Bradley, Eastern all fall

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011
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DEKALB, Ill. (AP) Flenard Whitfield had a double-double to lead Western Michigan to a 77-65 victory over Northern Illinois on Tuesday night.

Whitfield scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his sixth double-double for the Broncos (7-4, 14-10), who lead the Mid-American Conference West.

Mike Douglas led the Broncos with 16 points. Demetrius Ward hit double figures for the ninth straight game, adding 15. But his streak of free throws ended at 35 when he missed in the second half. Juwan Howard Jr. scored 12.

Nate Rucker's 11 points led the Huskies (7-17, 3-9), who lost their sixth straight. DeMarcus Grady added 10. Xavier Silas, the nation's second-leading scorer at 24.2, was limited to seven points on 3-for-11 shooting.

Western Michigan used a 12-0 run late in the first half to turn a 24-24 tie into a 36-24 lead. Ward scored 10 of those points, and the Broncos led for good.
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Poor second half does Bradley in

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) Anthony James scored 25 points, making 6 of 7 from 3-point range, and Kwadzo Ahelegbe scored 24 Tuesday night as Northern Iowa rallied to beat Bradley 80-70, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Marc Sonnen added 17 points for the Panthers (19-9, 10-6 Missouri Valley). Bradley opened up a 28-18 lead in the first half, but Northern Iowa scored 10 of the game's next 12 points and eventually trailed 34-29 at halftime.

Northern Iowa tied a school record with 15 3-pointers and was able to hold on at the free-throw line with a 23-for-26 performance. Ahelegbe was 11 for 12 from the foul line and Sonnen - all in the last 1:05 - was 8 for 8. The Panthers' biggest lead was the final score.

Andrew Warren led Bradley (9-18, 3-13) with 20 points. Dyricus Simms-Edwards scored 15 points, Will Egolf scored 12 and Dodie Dunson added 11 points.

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Tennessee-Martin' strong start sinks EIU

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) Mike Liabo scored 21 points for Tennessee-Martin, which roared out of the gate to defeat Eastern Illinois 73-54 on Tuesday night.

Troy King and Reuben Clayton scored 13 points apiece for the Skyhawks (10-18, 5-11), who put the game out of reach early by scoring the first 14 points and maintained a double-digit lead throughout the game.

The win put Tennessee-Martin alone in eighth place in the Ohio Valley, a game ahead of the Panthers (8-18, 4-12) with two games left for each team. There are eight berths in the OVC's postseason tournament.

Eastern Illinois has lost eight in a row. The Panthers haven't won since losing at Tennessee-Martin 63-62 on Jan. 22.

Jeremy Granger scored 16 points and senior Curry McKinney scored 13 for Eastern Illinois, which played its final home game of the season.

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Preview: Eastern Illinois, Southern llinois in action today on CSN

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Preview: Eastern Illinois, Southern llinois in action today on CSN

College basketball is back on CSN on Saturday as two local teams will be featured in live conference matchups.

In the first matchup at 11 a.m., Eastern Illinois will host Austin Peay in an Ohio Valley Conference clash on CSN+ while the second matchup has Evansville hosting Southern Illinois in a Missouri Valley Conference game at 1 p.m. on CSN.

Eastern Illinois (9-8, 1-3) is coming off of a conference loss to Murray State. Junior guard Montell Goodwin leads the charge for the Panthers as he's averaging 14.8 points per game on the season. Austin Peay (5-13, 1-3) just earned a tight win over SIU-Edwardsville to help end an 11-game losing streak. Junior Josh Robinson is having a strong season despite the losing as he's averaging 21.2 points per game for the Governors.

The second game will be on the main CSN at 1 p.m. as Southern Illinois (10-8, 3-2) tries to bounce back from a loss to Bradley. The Salukis are led by sophomore guard Armon Fletcher as the Edwardsville product leads the team at 13.7 points per game.

Evansville (10-8, 1-4) is coming off of three consecutive losses as the Purple Aces are trying to figure things out at home. Senior Jaylon Brown has been one of the Valley's premier scorers this season as he's putting up 20.9 points per contest.

MVC basketball doubleheader on CSN

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MVC basketball doubleheader on CSN

Missouri Valley Conference basketball is back on CSN on Wednesday as a doubleheader begins at 6 p.m.

In the first game, Loyola will travel to Wichita State to face the Shockers in a 6 p.m. tip while the second game features Northern Iowa traveling to Bradley in a game that tips at 8 p.m.

Loyola (12-5, 2-2) has won two straight games as Chicago products Milton Doyle (Marshall) and Donte Ingram (Simeon) are both playing well. Doyle barely missed a triple-double in a win over Northern Iowa and followed that up with a career-high 35 points in a win over Bradley. Ingram has returned from a knee injury to give the Ramblers a boost as he had 25 in the win over Northern Iowa.

Wichita State (14-3, 4-0) has won five straight as they once again look like one of the Valley's best teams. Junior forward Darral Willis Jr. leads the Shockers in scoring at 12.1 points per game while sophomore Markis McDuffie is putting up 11.8 points per game. 

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The second game of the doubleheader features Northern Iowa taking on Bradley. The Panthers (5-10, 0-4) have dropped five straight games as they're struggling to find help for senior guard Jeremy Morgan.

Bradley (7-10, 2-2) is coming off of a home loss to Loyola but they've had a solid bounceback season in head coach Brian Wardle's second year. The Braves only won five games all of last season as the roster has been revamped for this season.

Freshman guard Darrell Brown paces the Bradley offense at 12.2 points per game while junior forward JoJo McGlaston is putting up 9.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.