2013-Illini-Cougars

Posted on November 24, 2013. Filed under: Basketball, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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November 22, 2013

After opening the season with four games in nine days, 4-0 Illinois plays its lone game in an eight-day stretch, hosting 2-3 Chicago State on Friday night, and extended their 2013-14 streak to 5, defeating the Cougars 77-53. This victory gives the Illini their third consecutive season with a record of 5-0.

Senior Jon Ekey was the spark the team needed Friday night against Chicago State, as he lit things up on the court including a put back dunk, and back-to-back threes. WATCH!

“Different coaches, different systems,” Ekey said. “These coaches play a little bit differently, which I fit into a little bit better than the system they have over there [at Illinois State.] It’s great at this level to be able to do that, it’s one of those things that the coaches have been talking about ever since I got on campus. That’s why they recruited me when I left over there. It’s what they’ve been talking about to me every day, going out there, taking the open ones and don’t pass up shots. Just been a work in progress that’s kind of accumulated.”

Ekey led the way with 19 points and snagged 6 boards, followed by a trio of players who added 12 points including Joseph Bertrand, Tracy Abrams and Rayvonte Rice. Bertrand snagged 8 boards.

Coming off a 5-of-7 three-point shooting performance against Bradley on Sunday, Ekey again hit five threes to bail out the Illini against the lingering Chicago State team. After the Cougars pulled within four (55-51) with eight minutes left in the ball game, Ekey got his spark started with a dunk 30 seconds later, and didn’t look back.

On the other side of the court, the Cougars’ Clarke Rosenberg led the way with 16 points, followed by Matt Ross who added 13. Eddie Denard snagged 5 boards.

The Cougars shot 18-45 (40.0%) from the floor while Illini shot 26-54 (48.1%). Home team also controlled the boards with a 39-20 margin.

Up next for Illinois is a trip west to face UNLV, November 26.

Up next for Chicago State is Southern Illinois, November 30 at 205pm on their home campus. The game can also be heard on the world-famous WVON 1690AM.

GAME NOTES
Illinois is now 13-0 in November under head coach John Groce and has won its last 24 games overall in the month of November.

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2011 DePaul vs Chicago State

Posted on December 10, 2011. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , |

ROSEMONT: DePaul (6-3) defeated Chicago State (0-9) 102-95 behind the play of second-year guard Cleveland Melvin who finished the contest with 30.

“Team played with lack of energy,” said coach Oliver Purnell. “We knew Chicago State would not just layover and let us win even after we jumped out to a big lead in the first (half).”

The Blue Demons jumped out to an early double-digit lead and maintained as much as a 17 point lead (85-70) in the second half.

The Cougars were able to narrow the score in the first half to two points (49-47) after a technical foul was called against Blue Demons Brandon Young with 2:21 in the first half. From here, the Cougars nailed seven of eight free-throws. But in the second half, it was all DePaul. Young dropped 21 to spark the team.

Cougars were led by Matt Samuels with 20 followed by Lee Fisher who added 19.

Chicago State did not play a bad game overall. In the first half, they shot 16-30 (53.3%) and 22-45 (48.9%) in the second half compared to DePaul 17-39 (43.6%) in the first, and 18-37 (48.6%) in the second.

Cougars also showed great hustle in the first half despite their current record (0-9). If they can keep up this level of intensity, things will begin to turn around for them.

“The way we played is totally out of character,” concluded coach Purnell.

The Blue Demons came into this game after a BIG Chicagoland win against Loyola-Chicago (69-58) on Wednesday, while the Cougars, on the other hand, have been off for a week, concentrating on settling the team down and focusing on their game (Toledo 61-73). The Cougars will be traveling to Wichita State on December 14. DePaul travel to Northern Illinois on the same date.

This was both teams 10th time meeting and DePaul has won them all.

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2011 Basketball Illini vs Cougars

Posted on November 27, 2011. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , |

Illinois is now 10-0 lifetime in this particular matchup, but this is head coach Tracy Dildy’s first meeting… Can he turn it around and get the Cougars on the road for lots of victories?

Unfortunately, not today, as the Fighting Illini knock off the Chicago State Cougars 90-43. After dominating the first half with a commanding 44-19 lead (51.7%), the team continued their balanced attack shooting 56.5% from the field.

Coach Weber shared with us after the game “I just told the guys to play well and play hard.”

Myke Henry led the team with his personal best of 14 points and grabbing three boards. This all took place after missing four games due to injury. Four of his teammates were also in double digit territory: Meyers Leonard, D.J. Richardson and Nnanna Egwu all had 11, while Tyler Griffey had 10.

“We were in (game) shape but we really weren’t” said a smile Henry after the game talking about his transition from high school to college. “Once we got going and started to get a feel for it. We got better and better.”

Weber shared his thoughts about Henry “that he comes to play. He has no fear.”

It’s safe to say that the team didn’t have jet lag nor were they going to let up after winning the Cancun Challenge title early this week.

As for Chicago State, they shot 34% (first half 34.81%) from the field and were led by Jeremy Robinson who had 14 points.

But as previously stated, the buzz on press row was about the firing of football coach Ron Zook after seven seasons. Official announcement will be made at 4:15pm at the Squad Room of the Illinois Football Complex. For more information on this story visit http://t.co/zTRPtjMU.

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