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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.

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 Chicago State Cougars vs Hampton Pirates

Posted on November 28, 2011. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

CHICAGO-The Chicago State Cougars (0-6) came home, after a rough three-game road trip, to face the two-time defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion Hampton Lady Pirates who are sporting a 3-1 record. The Lady Pirates picked up where they left off from their previous midwest game against IPFW (79-62) defeating the Cougars 66-39.

“We wanted to come here and play well,” said third year coach David Six. “We are thankful that they (Chicago State) gave us an opportunity to play here.”

The Lady Pirates maintained the lead the entire contest, including a 34-19 halftime score, and by as much as 32 points (57-25) in the second half. In order to extend their early lead, they held the Cougars scoreless to start the second half for almost five minutes until Natalie Marlow stop the bleeding with layup (43-21).

Tonights victory came thanks to the performance by a pair of seniors, guard Choicetta McMillian who knocked down 21, followed by forward Melaine Warner, who added 19.

One concern of the coach was that “we have to take care of the ball. Period. This could be fatigue but we are not going to make any excuses.”

Hampton’s defense held the Cougars to 29.4% from the field and 20 points in the second half.

Janay Dockery, preseason first-team player, led the Cougars with 16.

This is both teams first-ever meeting and they do have future arrangements for a one-and-one where next season the Cougars will travel to Hampton.

“The one thing I (coach Six) will remember from our stay in Chicago is that traffic. It took the team four hours to get out of Chicago in order to make it to Fort Wayne, Indiana.
And that’s saying something considering he is from New York.

Up next for the Cougars (0-7) will be against Marshall (in Evansville, Ind.), Friday, December 2 at 5 p.m, and Hampton (4-1) will return home for their next matchup against South Carolina State, Saturday, December 3 at 6 p.m.

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“Capturing the Art of Sport in Motion”
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