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 Chicago State vs Oregon State

Posted on December 21, 2011. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , |

Coach Craig Robinson comes back home and tames the Cougars 92-66.

Chicago native and Whitney Young graduate, Ahmad Starks exploded in the first-half knocking down three-straight from downtown. In fact, at one point, he had more points than the Cougars (8-7). Starks finished with 13. The Beavers (10-2) were led by Devon Collier who drained 19. The Pac-12 team at one point had as much as a 26 point lead (52-26) which included five players in double digits.

“That’s been our M.O. all season,” said coach Robinson. “We usually have scorers like this.”

This is the Beavers third game in a row with over 20 assist and they shot 51.6% from the field and snagged 48-boards of which 37 were defensive.

As for Starks coming home, coach Robinson share with us that it was “tough to gauge (before the game) for a player to come home but Starks played as good as we could have expected.”

NOTE: All of Starks points came in the first half.

As for the Cougars (0-12), it was a tough contest for shooting (29.7%) from the field. They were able to demonstrate short burst of success on the court, but they were not able to trade basket with this PAC-12 team. Lee Fisher led the team with 17.

“We have to get our identity on the court together,” coach Tracy Dildy. “We have the talent – we must get some toughness.”

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The Beavers play their first conference game December 29 against Washington at 6:00pm. The Cougars travel to Cincinnati December 23 at 6:00pm.

And finally coach Robinson admitted “coming back to Chicago is distracting, especially wanting to see everyone, but we were able to take care of business and we are going to try and keep the momentum going into conference play.”

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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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