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North Central defends No. 4 ranking

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By Kyle Thele
kthele@dailyherald.com

In its first game since moving up one notch in the rankings to the No. 4 spot, the North Central men's basketball team ran into an unexpected fight Tuesday night against Wisconsin-Platteville.

The still undefeated Cardinals held on and won the home game 73-64, but they did it without their leading scorer, Landon Gamble, for much of the game. The junior found himself in early foul trouble, posting only 4 points and 7 rebounds.

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Stepping up in his place, and taking the title of the team's top scorer on the season, was senior Derek Raridon. With a team-high 20 points, Raridon took over the game for the Cardinals in the second half, stretching out the team's 3-point halftime lead. While North Central never gave up the lead, it was far from in control. After pulling out to a double-digit lead, UW-Platteville stormed back in the late minutes of the game, coming within 10 points with just a minute to go in the game.

The Cardinals have a game with Benedictine on Saturday in Lisle. Following Saturday's game, the team will head west to Las Vegas for two games in the D3Hoops.com Classic.

Wheaton:

Following an emotional week that saw him hit a game-winning shot at the buzzer to upset No. 6 Washington (Mo.), Tyler Peters has been named the CCIW player of the week.

In addition to his last-second shot, Peters posted a double-double for the second consecutive game. The first of the week came in a victory over Westminster (Mo.).

This is the second time this season that the junior guard has been given the weekly award. Averaging 19.5 points a game, Peters not only leads the Thunder but is tied for the scoring lead in the CCIW.

Benedictine:

After a slow start to the season that saw the Benedictine women's basketball team lose its first five games, the Eagles have now reeled off four straight victories to come within a game of .500 on the season.

The team seamed to hit its stride after starting conference play, winning all but one of their games within the Northern Athletic Conference. Benedictine has a week off following its last victory Saturday, not playing again until it faces off against Wheaton College on Dec. 15.

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