Category: Big 10

I made the trip east on I-74 to Rantoul, IL Wednesday afternoon, to take advantage of the beautiful weather in central Illinois and grab some action photo’s at the Fighting Illini’s football practice. Second year head coach Tim Beckman ran a fast moving practice that lasted less than two hours. The offense was moving the ball easily on the defense with a lot of passes mixed in with a few running plays. A couple of key players were rested with slight injuries, senior QB Nathan Scheelhaase and LB Jonathan Brown. The Illini move back home to Champaign this weekend and open the season August 31st against Southern Illinois University at Memorial Stadium.

-Bob

Freshman Nik Stauskas scored 22 points in his first start and No. 3 Michigan survived a late run to beat Bradley 74-66 on Saturday in front of 11,019 fans at Carver Arena. Stauskas started for Matt Vogrich and delivered early with eight first-half points to help the Wolverines (7-0) hold onto a narrow halftime lead, 34-30. Walt Lemon Jr. led Bradley (5-2) on a late run to close to 70-65 with half a minute to play. But the Braves were forced to foul and the Wolverines held on to win. Trey Burke added 16 in the Wolverines’ first trip to Bradley since 1997. Glenn Robinson III scored 13 and Jordan Morgan scored 10 and pulled down 10 rebounds. Lemon led the Braves in double-figures with 15 points. Tyshon Pickett added 11, who also got 10 points each from Will EgolfJalen Crawford and Jordan Prosser

-Bob

Bradley University Junior forward Ross Williams had a goal and two assists, while junior goal keeper Brian Billings stopped a penalty kick among his seven saves and recorded an assist, leading the Braves (6-3-2) to a 3-1 upset of #17 Northwestern (7-2-2) Wednesday night at Shea Stadium before 438 fans. The defending Big Ten Conference regular-season and tournament champion, Northwestern is the first-ever Big Ten team to visit Shea Stadium. The Braves improved to 4-1-0 all-time against the Wildcats and earned their first win against a nationally-ranked opponent this season. Northwestern scored the game’s first goal in the 39th minute when Henry Herrill ran on to a long service over the top from Nikko Boxall and slotted his shot from the left flank past Billings. The Braves got the equalizer in the 50th minute off a restart. Williams swerved a free kick from the right flank toward the top of the penalty area, where a Northwestern player missed on his clearance attempt. Freshman midfielder J.T. Kotowski took advantage by one-timing a right-footed shot from the top of the “D” past Wildcats keeper Tyler Miller for his first career goal at 49:08.  Bradley immediately struck again, when freshman forward Jason Lesch collected a pass from Williams and sprung junior forward Scott Davis for a run through the center of the penalty area. Davis beat Miller in a 1-v-1 situation for his second goal of the year, and first career game-winner, at 51:05. Click here to view more photo’s from the game.


-Bob

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