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  Friday, January 21, 2005

1/20 Thursday night early recap
By Jonathan Watters

Illinois href=/profile//> 73 href=/profile//> Iowa href=/profile//> 68 href=/profile//> (OT)
PG href=/profile//> Dee href=/profile//> Brown href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (3-9 href=/profile//> fg's), href=/profile//> 2 href=/profile//> ast
PG href=/profile//> Deron href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (2-5 href=/profile//> fg's), href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> reb, href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> ast
G href=/profile//> Luther href=/profile//> Head href=/profile//> 25 href=/profile//> pts, href=/profile//> (8-18 href=/profile//> fg's, href=/profile//> 4-13 href=/profile//> 3-pt), href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> reb, href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> stl
G href=/profile//> Pierre href=/profile//> Pierce href=/profile//> 22 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (9-20 href=/profile//> fg's, href=/profile//> 2-4 href=/profile//> ft's, href=/profile//> 2-6 href=/profile//> 3-pt), href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> ast, href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> to

The href=/profile//> Hawkeyes href=/profile//> (13-4) href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> valiant href=/profile//> effort href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Champaign, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> weren't href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> overcome href=/profile//> turnover href=/profile//> problems href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> foul href=/profile//> trouble. href=/profile//> Pierre href=/profile//> Pierce href=/profile//> continues href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> raw href=/profile//> ability, href=/profile//> and, href=/profile//> well, href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> raw, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> is. href=/profile//> You href=/profile//> can't href=/profile//> deny href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> knack href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> hitting href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> clutch href=/profile//> shot, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> nice href=/profile//> elevation href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> jumper. href=/profile//> Iowa href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> slow href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> down, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> prove href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Illinois href=/profile//> (19-0) href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> still href=/profile//> vulnerable href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> half-court href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> Dee href=/profile//> Brown href=/profile//> isn't href=/profile//> nearly href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> effective href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> take href=/profile//> away href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> run-and-gun. href=/profile//> Deron href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> ran href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> show href=/profile//> superbly href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> night, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> hit href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> driving href=/profile//> floater href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> baseline href=/profile//> late href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> regulation href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> winner. href=/profile//> Illinois href=/profile//> looked href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor. href=/profile//> Luther href=/profile//> Head href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> legit href=/profile//> combo href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> prospect href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> night. href=/profile//> Tonight href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> hit href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> three, href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> rack, href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> fast href=/profile//> break href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> times, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> solid href=/profile//> 2nd href=/profile//> half href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Pierce. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> thumbs href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> Illinois' href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> corps, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> let href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> undersized href=/profile//> Greg href=/profile//> Brunner href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> rebounds href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> baskets href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> stretch. href=/profile//> James href=/profile//> Augustine href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Roger href=/profile//> Powell href=/profile//> combined href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> shoot href=/profile//> 3-21 href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> Erek href=/profile//> Hansenand href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> altering href=/profile//> ability href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> credit. href=/profile//>

Niagra href=/profile//> 102, href=/profile//> Rider href=/profile//> 97 href=/profile//>
PF href=/profile//> Juan href=/profile//> Mendez href=/profile//> 31 href=/profile//> pts, href=/profile//> 13 href=/profile//> reb href=/profile//> – href=/profile//> Now href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> 24.4 href=/profile//> ppg, href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> rpg

Nevada href=/profile//> 75, href=/profile//> Tulsa href=/profile//> 69 href=/profile//>
C href=/profile//> Nick href=/profile//> Fazekas href=/profile//> 31 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (11-18 href=/profile//> fg's) href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> reb

Fazekas href=/profile//> continues href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> toy href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> WAC, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Nevada href=/profile//> (13-4, href=/profile//> 6-1) href=/profile//> remains href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> favorites. href=/profile//> Miraculously, href=/profile//> former href=/profile//> Golden href=/profile//> Hurricane href=/profile//> (3-12, href=/profile//> 0-6) href=/profile//> head href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> John href=/profile//> Phillips' href=/profile//> "unorthodox" href=/profile//> motivational href=/profile//> ploy, href=/profile//> quitting, href=/profile//> hasn't href=/profile//> worked. href=/profile//>

Rice href=/profile//> 83, href=/profile//> Fresno href=/profile//> State href=/profile//> 68 href=/profile//>
F href=/profile//> Michael href=/profile//> Harris, href=/profile//> 17 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (7-12 href=/profile//> fg's), href=/profile//> 7 href=/profile//> reb

The href=/profile//> Bulldogs href=/profile//> (11-5, href=/profile//> 5-2) href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> tied href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> WAC href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> homestand href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> UTEP, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> found href=/profile//> life href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> road href=/profile//> tough href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> Rice href=/profile//> (10-4, href=/profile//> 5-1) href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> bounced href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> nicely href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> early href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Miners. href=/profile//>

Oregon href=/profile//> State href=/profile//> 88, href=/profile//> Arizona href=/profile//> State href=/profile//> 66 href=/profile//>
PF href=/profile//> Ike href=/profile//> Diogu href=/profile//> 27 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (10-15 href=/profile//> fg's, href=/profile//> 2-3 href=/profile//> 3-pt), href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> reb, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> blk, href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> to
PF href=/profile//> David href=/profile//> Lucas href=/profile//> 27 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (12-18 href=/profile//> fg's)

These href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> heading href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> opposite href=/profile//> directions. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> figure href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> Ike href=/profile//> Diogu href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> bit href=/profile//> better. href=/profile//> UCLA href=/profile//> forced href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> worst href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> night href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> (6-16 href=/profile//> fg's), href=/profile//> Cal href=/profile//> denied href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> (7 href=/profile//> fga), href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Beavers href=/profile//> forced href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> un-like-Ike href=/profile//> 8 href=/profile//> to's. href=/profile//> It's href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> surprise href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Sun href=/profile//> Devils href=/profile//> (13-5, href=/profile//> 2-4) href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> games. href=/profile//> Of href=/profile//> course, href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> scouts href=/profile//> don't href=/profile//> care href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> piss href=/profile//> poor href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> plays href=/profile//> for, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> surprised href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> keep href=/profile//> seeing href=/profile//> such href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> 3-point href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> shotblocking href=/profile//> numbers href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> supposed href=/profile//> Charles href=/profile//> Barkely href=/profile//> clone. href=/profile//> Jay href=/profile//> John href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> Oregon href=/profile//> State href=/profile//> (11-6, href=/profile//> 3-3) href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> thick href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> things, href=/profile//> mostly href=/profile//> due href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> preseason href=/profile//> all-conference href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> David href=/profile//> Lucas href=/profile//> (14.1 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 23 href=/profile//> minutes), href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> emergence href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> several href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> newcomers. href=/profile//> Freshman href=/profile//> F href=/profile//> Alexander href=/profile//> Cuic, href=/profile//> along href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> PG href=/profile//> Jason href=/profile//> Fontenet href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> F href=/profile//> Nick href=/profile//> Dewitz, href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> transfers, href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> upgraded href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> program's href=/profile//> talent href=/profile//> level href=/profile//> considerably. href=/profile//>

DePaul href=/profile//> 85, href=/profile//> Marquette href=/profile//> 72 href=/profile//>
PG href=/profile//> Travis href=/profile//> Diener href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (5-14 href=/profile//> fg's), href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> ast, href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> stl
WG href=/profile//> Dameon href=/profile//> Mason href=/profile//> 24 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (9-16 href=/profile//> fg's), href=/profile//>
WF href=/profile//> Steve href=/profile//> Novak href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (3 href=/profile//> fga)
PG href=/profile//> Sammy href=/profile//> Mejia href=/profile//> 26 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (9-15 href=/profile//> fga's, href=/profile//> 3-4 href=/profile//> 3-pt) href=/profile//> 6 href=/profile//> reb, href=/profile//> 5 href=/profile//> ast, href=/profile//>
WF href=/profile//> Quemont href=/profile//> Greer href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (5-13 href=/profile//> fga)

Led href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Sammy href=/profile//> Mejia, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Blue href=/profile//> Demons href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> decisive href=/profile//> step href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> tonight, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Marquette href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> looking href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year's href=/profile//> underachieving href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> less href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> 25 href=/profile//> squad href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> thought href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> heading href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> Tom href=/profile//> Crean href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> taking href=/profile//> pointers href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> offense href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> mentor href=/profile//> Tom href=/profile//> Izzo, href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> aren't href=/profile//> flowing href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Golden href=/profile//> Eagles. href=/profile//> Travis href=/profile//> Diener href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> kind href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> simply href=/profile//> dribble href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> take href=/profile//> people href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket. href=/profile//> Steve href=/profile//> Novak href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> struggling href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> can't href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> open href=/profile//> looks, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> there's href=/profile//> nobody href=/profile//> else href=/profile//> that's href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> factor. href=/profile//> Dameon href=/profile//> Mason href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> active href=/profile//> body href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> draw href=/profile//> contact, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> little href=/profile//> smaller href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> listed href=/profile//> 6'5. href=/profile//> Mejia href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> revelation, href=/profile//> showing href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> long, href=/profile//> athletic href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> falls href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Penny href=/profile//> Hardaway href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Shawn href=/profile//> Livingston href=/profile//> mold. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> hit href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 3, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> gets href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> lane, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> uses href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> length href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> shots href=/profile//> off. href=/profile//> Quemont href=/profile//> Greer href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> night. href=/profile//> Crean href=/profile//> went href=/profile//> small, href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> Leitao href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> post. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> ended href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> decent href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> total, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> wasn't href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> rhythm, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> frankly, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> looked href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> little href=/profile//> bored href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> there. href=/profile//>

UTEP href=/profile//> 71, href=/profile//> Hawaii href=/profile//> 70 href=/profile//>
F href=/profile//> Omar href=/profile//> Thomas href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (2-8 href=/profile//> fg's, href=/profile//> 13-14 href=/profile//> ft's), href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> reb
PG href=/profile//> Filiberto href=/profile//> Rivera href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (4-8 href=/profile//> fg's, href=/profile//> 9-10 href=/profile//> ft's) href=/profile//> 9 href=/profile//> ast
F href=/profile//> Julian href=/profile//> Sensley href=/profile//> 12 href=/profile//> pts href=/profile//> (6-11 href=/profile//> fg's) href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> reb

The href=/profile//> WAC href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> keeps href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> competitive, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> evidenced href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> wild href=/profile//> one. href=/profile//> UTEP href=/profile//> (16-3, href=/profile//> 6-1) href=/profile//> remains href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> driver's href=/profile//> seat, href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> though href=/profile//> somebody href=/profile//> finally href=/profile//> figured href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> slow href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> Omar href=/profile//> Thomas href=/profile//> around href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket. href=/profile//> Hawaii href=/profile//> (10-4, href=/profile//> 2-4) href=/profile//> uncharacteristically href=/profile//> showed href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> road, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> nearly href=/profile//> pulled href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> upset href=/profile//> behind href=/profile//> backup href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> Jake href=/profile//> Sottos' href=/profile//> perfect href=/profile//> 6-6 href=/profile//> effort href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> behind href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> arc. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Rainbow href=/profile//> Warriors' href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> losses href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> heartbreakers, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> digging href=/profile//> itself href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> hole.

 
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