Category Archives: Game Recaps

RECAP: Lamar clinches first winning season since 2012 with 88-68 victory at Northwestern State

Nick Garth came off the bench to score a game-high 17 points in just 19 minutes of action, and Lamar clinched their first winning season since 2012 with an 88-68 victory at Northwestern State on Wednesday night. (Source: Lamar Men's Basketball)
Nick Garth came off the bench to score a game-high 17 points in just 19 minutes of action, and Lamar clinched their first winning season since 2012 with an 88-68 victory at Northwestern State on Wednesday night. (Source: Lamar Men’s Basketball)

NATCHITOCHES, La. — Fans of the Lamar Cardinals have been waiting patiently for a few years for their team to become a factor in the Southland Conference.

Some thought it would be last season when the Cardinals opened the season with an 8-4 record in non-conference action. However, they struggled mightily in Southland play, finishing the season at 11-19 overall, and 3-15 in conference action.

This season has been a different story, as the Cardinals have kept themselves at or above the .500 clip for the entire year.

On Wednesday night, the Cardinals were looking to clinch their first winning season since 2012. They had their hands full, however, as they were on the road to take on the Northwestern State Demons.

Senior guard Zeek Woodley was making his return to the lineup for the Demons after sustaining a broken wrist earlier in the year, which forced him to miss eight weeks of action. His return gave Northwestern State some extra motivation, but it wouldn’t be enough against the Cardinals.

Behind 17 points from Nick Garth off the bench, Lamar clinched their first winning season since 2012 with an 888-68 road victory at Northwestern State. Continue reading RECAP: Lamar clinches first winning season since 2012 with 88-68 victory at Northwestern State

RECAP: Tony Wills, Illinois State defeat Southern Illinois, finish unbeaten at home

Photo courtesy of Peyton Wesner.

NORMAL, Ill. — Paris Lee made it clear on Sunday: He was not losing on Senior Night.

“I love our fans. They come out and support us and show us love,” said the Illinois State senior from Maywood, Illinois. “I can’t lose on Senior Night.”

The Redbirds, in a defensive struggle, finished the regular season a perfect 15-0 at home by defeating Southern Illinois, 50-46. Senior Tony Wills netted 16 points while sophomore Phil Fayne recorded his third career double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds.

“[We] had big plays down the stretch, again,” said Illinois State head coach Dan Muller, who captured his 100th career win in the process. “Our defensive numbers were great. It’s pretty cool to be a part of the first team to go undefeated in Redbird Arena history.”

The Redbirds were as red hot as their uniforms at the start. Wills nailed back-to-back three-pointers to light a fire. Continue reading RECAP: Tony Wills, Illinois State defeat Southern Illinois, finish unbeaten at home

RECAP: #25 Wichita State obliterates Evansville, extends win streak to 11 games

Photo courtesy of Tony Adame/The Wichita Eagle.
WICHITA, Kan. — They’re back and the whole Missouri Valley Conference is watching.

One day after being ranked in the Coaches’ Poll for a fifth consecutive season, the Wichita State Shockers extended their winning streak to 11 games defeating Evansville, 109-83. Shaq Morris’ 18 points led six Shockers who scored in double-figures.

“Obviously it’s a big night,” said Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall. “I don’t know if we have ever scored 109 against a defense that good. I don’t know if we have scored 109 period.”

Evansville led for 69 seconds. The Purple Aces had leads at 4-2 and 7-5 during the opening three minutes.

Wichita State recovered quickly, reeling off 12 unanswered. Landry Shamet nailed back-to-back triples following the first media timeout to surge the charge. Continue reading RECAP: #25 Wichita State obliterates Evansville, extends win streak to 11 games

RECAP: Illinois State survives Loyola, 65-63

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NORMAL, Ill. — 11 days.

Arch Madness, also known as the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, is just 11 days away, but before the action heads to St. Louis, Illinois State and Loyola had business to settle at Redbird Arena. 

And, the action did not disappoint.

Concluding the season series between two of Illinois’ best, the Redbirds fended off the pesky Ramblers, 65-63. A pair of Deontae Hawkins free throws gave Illinois State the lead prior to Ben Richardson’s half court heave rimming out at the horn.

“I feel lucky that we won, to be honest,” said Illinois State head coach Dan Muller. “Obviously, one inch or another and we don’t win.

“We got to start playing better.”

A sea of 8,052 was rocking from the tip. Surged by six from senior Deontae Hawkins, Illinois State flew out to an 8-2 lead.

The Ramblers came racing back, sprinting on a 12-6 mini-run. Three free throws from Donte Ingram tied the contest at 14 with 10:24 remaining.  Continue reading RECAP: Illinois State survives Loyola, 65-63

RECAP: Notre Dame Takes Down NC State Behind Beachem’s Career High Seven Three Pointers

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Saturday was a big day for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as they won their 10th ACC game of the season, defeating the NC State Wolfpack 81-72.

In addition to their 10th ACC win, Notre Dame will finish the season with a winning league road record, something Mike Brey is very proud of.

“10 league wins in this league this year, is something to be really proud of”.

NC State is a well coached team; a team that Mike Brey knew the Irish couldn’t take lightly.

“I talked to them [players] very openly and said ‘you know fellas I think we’ll get their Duke effort tonight’”. He later went on to say to the media, “don’t be surprised if you know they do somethings interesting here in the regular season, especially in Brooklyn”.

Brooklyn will be the location of the upcoming ACC tournament as Notre Dame will try to win the league title since taking it in 2015.

Continue reading RECAP: Notre Dame Takes Down NC State Behind Beachem’s Career High Seven Three Pointers

RECAP: North Dakota pulls away in second half for 77-61 win at Idaho State

North Dakota forward Drick Bernstine scored a season-high 16 points on Thursday, and was one of four starters to score in double figures for the Fighting Hawks in their 77-61 win over Idaho State.
North Dakota forward Drick Bernstine scored a season-high 16 points on Thursday, and was one of four starters to score in double figures for the Fighting Hawks in their 77-61 win over Idaho State.

POCATELLO, ID. — The 2016-17 season hasn’t been too kind to the Idaho State Bengals, especially after how they fared a season ago.

The arrival of guard Ethan Telfair last year changed the fortunes for the Bengals, and they vaulted up into fourth spot in the Big Sky standings. Entering this year, the Bengals were a trendy pick in the race for the Big Sky crown, but they have been unable to build off the momentum they created last season.

On Thursday night, Idaho State welcomed the North Dakota Fighting Hawks to town. A win over North Dakota would give the Bengals a big boost of momentum heading into the conference in just a couple of weeks.

While the Bengals would hold a slim lead early on, the Fighting Hawks would pull away as the opening half ticked away. After taking a seven-point lead into the break, North Dakota wouldn’t trail in the second half.

Four starters scored in double figures on the night, and North Dakota pulled away in the second half for the 77-61 victory over Idaho State on Thursday night. Continue reading RECAP: North Dakota pulls away in second half for 77-61 win at Idaho State