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Urbana University 53, Buckley Christ Lutheran 25. EMMA HOYER had a double-double (10 points, 14 rebounds) and JAMIE BLUE had a game-high 18 points with six boards and five assists to power the host Illineks.
FINAL: Ohio State 71, Illinois 62
Illinois let slip away an opportunity for a Top 25 victory Thursday, as No. 25 Ohio State spurted away in the second half and held off the Illini for their first Big Ten road win after three defeats.
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Donovonn Young is his on his way. Or he will be on Friday. The running back from Katy, Texas, who watched the Illini at the Texas Bowl, will make his official visit to the school this weekend.
NNANNA EGWU (Chicago St. Ignatius) – St. Ignatius scored the first 18 points of the game and went on to roll over St. Joseph 82-48. Egwu scored 20 of his 22 points in the first half before leaving the game in the third quarter with a mouth injury.
"I remember going into that game and it was an attempt to keep it close. I think that's one of the best Big Ten teams I've seen in a long time," Matta said today.
Win or lose against No. 1 Ohio State on Saturday, Illini basketball carries a brighter look this week.
That's because, for one glorious night, Brandon Paul and Jereme Richmond played up to their expectations. These athletic youths, both winners of the state's Mr. Basketball award, combined for 34 points and eight rebounds off the bench in Tuesday's 71-62 defeat of Michigan State.
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 42, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 36. REGAN ROMSHEK had a game-high 14 points to lift the Falcons, who led 17-3 after one quarter in the McLean County Tournament in Lexington. ALI COWELL added 13 points for GCMS, which improved to 10-10 on the sea-son.
DANVILLE – Defense has been a staple of Jeff Millis-coached Westville boys' basketball teams.
"This is one of those years where defensively we've had to do many different things," Millis said.