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C-HOOP.....Th 12/31/09
Posted on: 12-31-2009

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>>caption:  UM's NOVAK (R) SHOOTS


    The Michigan men dropped an early
Big Ten Conference basketball opener
Thursday, 71-65 at Indiana's Assembly
    The Wolverines led as late as 3:15
to play at 56-55 and were tied with the
Hoosiers 61-all with 1:25 on the clock
via a pair of Manny Harris free throws.
A three point play by IU's Jeremiah Rivers
put the home team ahead to stay 64-61
with 1:12 left.
    Vardell Jones III was game-high for
Indiana with 20-P as four players from
each team scored in double figures. Christian Watford added 19-P while Jordan Hulls
and Devan Dumes each had 11-P. Besides his key 3-pt play Rivers had only one
other point, but did grab a co-game-high 9-RB.
    Zack Novak led Michigan with 18-P and also matched Rivers' 9-RB. Stu Douglass
had 16-P, Harris 13-P and DeShawn Sims 12-P.
    Indiana improved to 7-6 on the season and are 1-0 in B10 play. Michigan is now
6-6 and 0-1.



    Oakland defeated Western Illinois 75-63 Thursday afternoon to go to 2-0
in Summit LGE men's basketball play this season by winning their 12th consecutive
home court conference contest.
    OU overcame just a 39% shooting performance with a 19-3 wide margin advantage
in forced turnovers.
    Four Golden Grizzlies scored in double figures led by Keith Benson's game-high
20-P. Johnathon Jones had 17-P and Derick Nelson & Larry Wright each added 12-P.
Nelson also had game-highs of 9-RB & 3-ST. OU improved to 6-1 this season when
Wright scores in double figures.
    Ceola Clark led the Leathernecks with 16-P and a game-high 7-A. James Granstra
had 14-P and David Nurse 10-P.
    Oakland improved to 8-7 overall and 2-0 in the league. Western Illinois fell to
5-7 and 0-3.


OU H-COACH GREG KAMPE:   "I think it's a great win for us. Defensively, I thought we
did a great job when that run started to come in the second half when they cut it to
five or six points. We really executed: JJ [Johnathon Jones] made a jump shot from
just inside the free throw line with a guy hanging on him as the shot clock was winding
down and I thought that was big. Of course, [Derick] Nelson's 3-pointer was pretty big
and [Keith] Benson also hit a three."

OU FWD DERICK NELSON:   "We're a veteran team and we are supposed to be able to
close out games like this. Me and JJ have been through these types of games before
and we have lost them before. Being veterans, this is what we are supposed to do.
It's all about mental toughness."


    Illinois-Chicago edged the Detroit Titans 60-56 in men's hoops Thursday afternoon.
    UDM's Xavier Keeling put up a possible game-tying layup with 4.4-sec left, but the
shot was blocked by UIC's Brad Birton. Rebo Kreps was fouled with less than a full
second remaining Detroit's Chase Simon and Kreps sank his pair of foul shots for the
final 4-P margin.
    The Titans trailed the entire game, by as many as 11-P and were down 7-P with
4:44 left before their failed comeback attempt.
    Kreps almost singlehandedly lifted UIC to the win by scoring a game-high 31-P,
more than half the Flames total. Kreps was 5-of-10 from the field including 3-of-5
on triple tries and was a perfect 18-for-18 at the charity stripe as UIC's only scorer
in double figures. Jeremy Buttell (5-P) grabbed a game-high 12-RB.
    Simon topped the Titans with 14-P. Thomas Kennedy had his second career double-
double with 11-P and 10-RB (to tie his career-high in boards). Donavan Foster added 10-P.
    Detroit dipped to 9-5 overall including 2-1 in the Horizon LGE. UIC is now 5-8 and 1-2.


    Michigan State got its first Big Ten win of the women's basketball season with an
86-71 Thursday victory vs arch-rival Michigan.
    Lykendra Johnson scored a game-high 19-P and Kalisha Keane added 18-P for the
Spartans. MSU's dynamic duo combined for 37-P, 13-RB, 9-A and 7-ST.
    Carmen Reynolds led the Wolverines with 18-P including four triples.
    MSU improved to 10-4 overall and 1-2 in B10 action. Michigan is now 9-4 and 1-2.




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