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  • Evansville edges Loyola 75-72Mar 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    D.J. Balentine scored 24 points and Evansville, leading by 18 in the second half, outlasted a Loyola comeback, winning 75-72 on Saturday. Evansville led by as many as 12 points in the first half before settling for a 37-27 lead over the Ramblers at the break.

     
  • DePaul women win Big East regular season titleMar 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Doug Bruno and his DePaul Blue Demons were sitting at the airport watching the final seconds of Creighton’s game against Marquette on their phones. When the final buzzer sounded Saturday and Creighton lost, the team let out a big cheer having clinched the Big East regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament next weekend. It’s the first championship for the school since 2004-05 when DePaul was champions of Conference USA. “I’m really proud of our team, our staff, and am proud of the players for having the resiliency to fight back from a 2-2 start in the league,” Bruno said.

     
  • Southern Illinois trips Illinois State 66-65Mar 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Anthony Beane scored 21 points and freshman reserve Tyler Smithpeters hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left as Southern Illinois edged Illinois State 66-65 on Saturday. Smithpeters, who hit 3 of 4 treys, finished with 11 points and Desmar Jackson had 18 for the Salukis (13-18, 9-9 Missouri Valley Conference).

     
  • Illinois’ Tracy Abrams (13) dishes off against Michigan State’s Gavin Schilling, right, and Adreian Payne during Saturday’s game in East Lansing. Abrams scored 12 points, leading the Illini to a 53-46 win over Michigan State.

    Illinois beats No. 18 Michigan State 53-46Mar 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    llinois is on a roll thanks in large part to its stifling defense. Fighting Illini coach John Groce, though, is not ready to celebrate. Tracy Abrams scored 12 points, leading Illinois to a 53-46 win over No. 18 Michigan State on Saturday. The Fighting Illini (17-12, 6-10 Big Ten) have held four consecutive opponents to fewer than 50 points for the first time since the 1947-48 season, according to STATS LLC.Missouri.

     
  • Nebraska women hold off Illini 72-65Feb 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jordan Hooper, a Nebraska native and lone senior on the roster, scored 29 points on Senior Night as the No. 16 Cornhuskers held off Illinois 72-65 Thursday for their ninth-straight win. Tear’a Laudermill added 15 points, Emily Cady had 10 points with 12 rebounds and Rachel Theriot had 10 assists for the Cornhuskers (22-5, 12-3 Big Ten).

     
  • Hinderer was named Region IV Div. III Player of the Week. Jim Cummins

    Hinderer Named Player of the WeekFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Fresh off of being named Harper College Athlete of the Week for the third time in her illustrious career, Harper women's basketball standout Monica Hinderer (Arlington Heights, Ill./The Willows Academy) was named Region IV Div. III Player of the Week.

     
  • Basketball player hits lights, Division II game ends in tieFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Talk about shooting the lights out. The Division II game Wednesday night between Johnson C. Smith and Winston Salem State ended a in a draw after a player heaved a full-court shot with less than a second left and knocked out lights, forcing the game to be halted for safety concerns.

     
  • SIUC rolls to 75-64 win over BradleyFeb 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Anthony Beane scored 27 points as Southern Illinois beat Bradley 75-64 on Tuesday night to end a three-game skid to the Braves. Southern Illinois trailed by two points at halftime, but opened up the second half by outscoring Bradley 18-8. Bradley went scoreless for over four minutes, but Bell’s 3-pointer pulled the Braves within 51-46 with 9 minutes left.

     
  • Illinois State holds off Missouri State 67-63Feb 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Daishon Knight scored 17 points to lead Illinois State past Missouri State 67-63 Tuesday night. Illinois State made just 4 of 19 (21.1 percent) from 3-point range but made 26 of a season-high 36 free throw attempts, while forcing 21 Missouri State turnovers. Illinois State (15-12, 8-7 Missouri Valley) improved to 13-1 when leading with 5 minutes to play this season.

     
  • Howard lifts Detroit past UIC 65-59Feb 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Juwan Howard Jr. scored 20 points and Jarod Williams added 17 as Detroit defeated Illinois-Chicago 65-59 on Tuesday night. UIC moved out to a nine-point lead at the midway mark in the first half, but the Titans closed the period on an 11-4 run sparked by a 3-pointer from Anton Wilson to make it 36-34 at halftime.

     
  • Murray State defeats Eastern Illinois 72-60Feb 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jeffery Moss scored 18 points to lead Murray State past Eastern Illinois 72-60 on Saturday night. Dexter Fields made a layup, giving Murray State a 20-18 lead with 7:21 to play in the first half and the Racers led the rest of the way. Sherman Blanford scored to pull Eastern Illinois within four points, 58-54, with 6:13 remaining. Murray State answered with a 10-0 run, capped by Moss’ five points, to take a 14-point lead with 2:17 left.

     
  • Ohio State’s center Trey McDonald (55) defends Illinois’ Tracy Abrams (13) during Saturday night’s game in Champaign. The Illini lost, 48-39.

    No. 22 Ohio State shuts down Illinois, 48-39Feb 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Aaron Craft scored 14 points and No. 22 Ohio State held Illinois to 28.3 percent shooting on the way to a scrappy 48-39 win on Saturday. Craft picked up two early fouls and spent two long stretches on the bench. But he was still the Buckeyes’ best option on a tough offensive night for each team. LaQuinton Ross added nine points for Ohio State (20-6, 7-6 Big Ten), which trailed 23-20 at halftime.

     
  • S. Dakota St. runs past W. Illinois late, 62-50Feb 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jordan Dykstra scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half and grabbed 13 rebounds as South Dakota State ran away from Western Illinois for a 62-50 win Saturday night. Dykstra tied the game at 28 with 15:30 left and Jake Bittle gave the Jackrabbits the lead on back-to-back jumpers to spark a 13-4 run that put South Dakota State in charge with a 41-32 lead.

     
  • Illinois State powers past Bradley 70-54Feb 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Daishon Knight scored a career-high 26 points to propel Illinois State to a 70-54 win over Bradley on Saturday night. Illinois State (14-12, 7-7 Missouri Valley) broke away with a 13-4 spurt early in the second half that included 3-pointers from Bobby Hunter and Zach Lofton to take a 51-39 lead with 11 minutes left, and never let Bradley closer than eight points down the stretch.

     
  • Drake holds off Loyola in 70-62 winFeb 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Richard Carter scored 20 points to lead Drake to a 70-62 win over Loyola of Chicago on Saturday night. Drake (13-13, 4-10 Missouri Valley) led most of the game, extending its lead to 16 on a 3-pointer by Jordan Daniels that made it 52-36 with 11:22 remaining but had to thwart a Loyola rally in the final minutes.

     
  • Youngstown State edges UIC 59-56Feb 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kendrick Perry scored 31 points — including four free throws in the final 25 seconds — as Youngstown State clawed back to hold off Illinois-Chicago 59-56 on Saturday night. Perry scored 23 in the second half, his 3-pointer with 4:02 remaining lifting Youngstown State into its first lead, 50-48.

     
  • Treadwell leads Akron past Northern Illinois 62-54Feb 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Demetrius Treadwell scored 25 points, on 9-of-12 shooting, and pulled down 10 rebounds as Akron took over sole possession of first place of the Mid-American Conference’s East Division with a 62-54 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday night. Akron (17-8, 9-3 Mid-American) came into the game tied with Buffalo (14-8, 8-4), who lost to Ohio, 73-70, earlier in the day.

     
  • Indiana State edges Southern Illinois 60-57Feb 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jake Odum scored 15 points and Indiana State overcame a halftime deficit to edge Southern Illinois 60-57 on Saturday. An 11-0 run in the second half put Indiana State (20-6, 11-3 Missouri Valley) up 48-44, setting up a close finish as neither team led by more than six points the rest of the way.

     
  • Michigan State’s Adreian Payne (5) pulls down a rebound against Northwestern’s Alex Olah (22) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in East Lansing, Mich. Payne led Michigan State with 20 points and 14 rebounds in an 85-70 win.

    No. 9 Michigan State beats Northwestern 85-70Feb 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    dreian Payne had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 9 Michigan State cruised past Northwestern 85-70 on Thursday night to stay tied atop the Big Ten. The Spartans (21-4, 10-2) are even in the standings with rival Michigan — and those two teams meet in Ann Arbor on Feb. 23.

     
  • Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, right, seen here in a file photo from Jan. 28, will be the main witness in a bid by some Northwestern University football players to qualify as employees of the school and therefore eligible to form a union.

    Board considers if college players are employeesFeb 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    A federal agency kicked off the first in a series of hearings Wednesday on whether to approve a bid by Northwestern football players to unionize, and both sides acknowledged the key question was whether college athletes should be considered employees. During a National Labor Relations Board hearing in Chicago, lawyers for the proposed union and the university agreed that if college football players qualify as employees, they can legally form the first-of-its-kind union and if not, they can’t.

     
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