December, 2011 Archives

In a New Year’s Eve contest dominated by penalties, the Peoria Rivermen topped the Rockford IceHogs 3-2 in front on 6,226 fans at Carver Arena on Saturday. Phil McRae netted the game winner midway through the third period while the teams combined for 102 penalty minutes. Peoria opened the scoring with its second shorthanded goal of the year at the 7:40 mark of the first period. After Adam Cracknell was boxed for hooking, Cade Fairchild and Brett Sonne raced two-on-one down the ice and into the Rockford zone. From the top of the right circle, Fairchild fed Sonne who pulled the puck to the backhand and pushed a shot around IceHogs goaltender Alec Richards. At the 6:47 mark, the tempers began to flare once again as Brennan Evans and Andrew Shaw dropped the gloves in the Rivermen zone. Towards the end of their tilt, Jeremy Morin stepped in and grabbed ahold of Evans, drawing almost everyone else on the ice into the scuffle. Morin was given a game misconduct for being the third man into the altercation. Click for the official box score.

-Bob

Bradley University senior Leah Kassing turned in her third straight double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, but Missouri State closed the first half with a 17-2 run to take a 42-26 lead into the break, and snapped BU’s five-game win streak with a 79-70 win in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams Thursday at Renaissance Coliseum. The Braves pulled within a point at 25-24 after a Hanna Muegge free throw with just under six minutes remaining. BU, which made just one field goal in the final nine and a half minutes of the first half. Kassing scored the first points of the second half and assisted a Catie O’Leary hoop to help spark a 16-5 Bradley run to start the stanza. Muegge hit another three and O’Leary scored five during the run as the Braves pulled within five points (47-42) with 12:20 remaining. Katie Yohn was the only other Bradley player in double figures, collecting 16 points in 34 minutes of play. She moved up four spots on BU’s career scoring list with the 16-point effort, passing Roxanne Grabow for 20th on the scoring chart.

-Bob

Wichita State center Garrett Stutz led a balanced attack with 14 points and 10 rebounds, pacing the visiting Shockers (10-2, 1-0 MVC) to their eighth consecutive victory, a 90-51 decision at Bradley (5-8, 0-1 MVC) Wednesday night at Carver Arena. The 39-point margin of victory is the most-lopsided in the 126-game history of the rivalry and the Shockers held the Braves to its second-worst field goal percentage (.255) on record. Bradley senior forward Taylor Brown scored a game-high 19 points and sophomore center Jordan Prosser added nine points and a team-best nine rebounds.  While the duo combined to make 9-of-15 (.600) field goal attempts, the rest of the Braves combined to make just 5-of-40 (.125) field goal attempts. All five Shocker starters scored in double-figures.  Joe Ragland and Touré Murry each scored 12, David Kyles added 11 and Carl Hall chipped in with 10.

-Bob

Eureka College junior guard Jordan Kindred knocked down two of the Red Devils nine 3-pointers and dished out six assists to reach 10th place on the all-time EC list, but Division I Western Illinois overpowered the Red Devils down the stretch for a 73-52 non-conference victory, Tuesday night at Western Hall in Macomb, IL. The Red Devils (5-5) knocked down three of their first five 3-point attempts, including a triple from junior forward Dustin Fritsch with 16:04 remaining, to claim an early 11-7 lead.  The Leathernecks (6-4) promptly answered with six straight points to take their second lead of the game, but Kindred pushed the Red Devils back in front with a 3-pointer for a 21-18 cushion at the 10:14 mark.  Western Illinois responded by scoring 12 of the final 14 points over the final 10 minutes of the half to carry a 30-23 advantage into halftime. Obi Emegano scored 25 points for the Leathernecks to lead all scorers.  Junior forward Don McAvoy scored 14 points off the bench and Jack Houpt added 10 points in the victory.  Western Illinois held a 22-5 advantage in bench points and scored 25 of its 73 points off EC turnovers.

-Bob

The Annawan Lady Bravettes defeated Brimfield High School 61-51 in a opening round game of the State Farm Holiday Classic basketball tournament at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Center Celina Vanhyfte led Annawan in scoring with 21 points as they advance to the winners bracket against El Paso Gridley on Wednesday. Brimfield guard, Dura Kerrigan scored 20 points in a losing effort, and play Camp Pt. Central/Southeastern in second round action at NCHS.

-Bob

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