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

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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

Missouri State guard Ronnie Rousseau III to step away from basketball

Ronnie Rousseau III (middle) has been away from the Missouri State men's basketball team since January 7th due to personal reasons. (Header: Missouri State Bears)
Ronnie Rousseau III (middle) has been away from the Missouri State men’s basketball team since January 7th due to personal reasons. (Header: Missouri State Bears)

SPRINGFIELD, MO. — Ever since his arrival on campus, Ronnie Rousseau III had been a big piece of the rotation for the Missouri State Bears in 2016-17.

He transferred to the Bears from State Fair Community College, where he averaged 23.2 points per game as a sophomore, earning him NCJAA Division I Second Team All-American honours in the process. Along with the likes of Alize Johnson, the Bears landed some talented jUCO transfers for this season.

Back on January 4th, it was announced that Rousseau III wouldn’t play in the Bears’ game against the Illinois State Redbirds due to an ankle injury. Three days later, Rousseau III left the team due to personal reasons, and returned to Cincinnati, OH to be with his family.

After a three-week absence from the team, it was announced on Monday that Rousseau III was stepping away from the game of basketball. Continue reading Missouri State guard Ronnie Rousseau III to step away from basketball

College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Dequon Miller, Missouri State Bears

After a pair of 24-point performances this past week, guard Dequon Miller was selected as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for his efforts.
After a pair of 24-point performances this past week, guard Dequon Miller was selected as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for his efforts.

CALGARY, Alb. — For the first time this season, a school has its second award winner.

Earlier this season, junior forward Alize Johnson took home the first-ever Fan-Voted Player of the Week award after an impressive first week of the year for the Missouri State Bears.

Now, for the second time this season, fans of the Bears showed their love and appreciation for the effort their players give on the hardwood.

The Bears have looked like a top contender in the Missouri Valley Conference this season, and they took two more steps towards the conference title this past week. Wins over the Indiana State Sycamores on the road, and the Bradley Braves at home, the Bears improved to 5-3 in conference play.

A big reason for their two wins was the play of senior Dequon Miller. The native of Charleston, W.V. set a new career-high with 24 points against the Sycamores, and then matched it against the Braves just three days later.

After helping to lead the Bears to a pair of big wins, basketball fans selected Dequon Miller as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for the week of January 16 – 22, 2017! Continue reading College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Dequon Miller, Missouri State Bears

Northern Iowa star Jeremy Morgan expected to return from ankle injury, start Sunday

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Per Clay Cunningham of The Courier, Panthers’ star and 2016-17 MVC Preseason Player of the Year Jeremy Morgan is expected to start today versus in-state rival Drake. The 6’5″ guard missed the last game with a sprained right ankle and was seen in a walking boot.

Morgan, one of two seniors on Ben Jacobson’s squad, is leading Northern Iowa in every major offensive category this season. The stat-sheet stuffer is averaging 16.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.3 steals, and 1.5 blocks per contest. He has scored 20 or more points in six games. Continue reading Northern Iowa star Jeremy Morgan expected to return from ankle injury, start Sunday

RECAP: MiKyle McIntosh, Illinois State Redbirds advance to 6-0, defeat Wichita State

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NORMAL, Ill. — The Birds in red have done it again.

In a matchup of Missouri Valley Conference unbeatens, Illinois State defeated Wichita State, 76-62. A combined 21 points off the bench flew the Redbirds ahead of the relentless Shockers in front of a crowd of 9,078.

“I’m really happy for our team. We continue to guard at a high level,” said Illinois State head coach Dan Muller. “A lot of guys stepped up and made plays offensively. I thought we had a couple things that we hurt them with. In the end, guys made shots.”

On the first possession, Illinois State senior Paris Lee ignited the red sea with a three-pointer. Moments later, fellow senior Tony Wills got in on the act, nailing back-to-back triples, to extend the advantage. Two more from Lee supplied an 11-5 edge prior to the first media timeout. Continue reading RECAP: MiKyle McIntosh, Illinois State Redbirds advance to 6-0, defeat Wichita State

RECAP: Propelled by Milton Doyle’s career night, Loyola mauls Bradley, 78-62

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PEORIA, Ill. — Take note Missouri Valley Conference, Loyola Ramblers senior Milton Doyle wants nothing less than a conference championship this season.

Doyle, continuing a trend of double-digit point-performances, scored a career-high 35 points to lead the Ramblers to a 78-62 victory over Bradley.

“I’m proud of how we defended. Everyone is going to look at the points, but defensively, Milton dictated things,” said Ramblers’ head coach Porter Moser. “He didn’t take any possessions off.”

From the onset, the Ramblers accomplished anything and everything.  Continue reading RECAP: Propelled by Milton Doyle’s career night, Loyola mauls Bradley, 78-62