College Sports

Ill. St. defeats Utah

Osiris Eldridge and Lloyd Phillips each scored 17 points to lead Illinois State over Utah 73-63 on Saturday in Salt Lake City.

The Redbirds (8-2) never trailed in the contest. When the Utes cut the margin to 50-45 on Luka Drca's three-pointer, Eldridge hit a jumper and added a couple of free throws to raise the lead back to 9 and the Utes never got within fewer than seven points the rest of the way.

Austin Hill scored 12 and Dinma Odiakosa added 10 as the Redbirds returned to their winning ways. Illinois State won its first seven games before losing to Niagara and Ohio.

Kim Tillie led Utah (5-6) with 19 points and Carlon Brown scored 15. Drca had 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Utes, who were playing without forward Jay Watkins, sidelined with an abdominal strain.

Utah faced more adversity when David Foster sprained his left ankle early in the second half as Illinois State took its widest lead of 11 points. The arena fell silent as the center's 7-foot-3 frame crumpled to the ground after stepping awkwardly on a teammate's foot. After Foster limped with assistance to the locker room, the Utes never really challenged the Redbirds.

The game marked the first time the teams have played and both schools' debut in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge. The series features nine games between the two leagues over the next four seasons.

ILLINOIS ST. (8-2): Carmichael 3-6 1-2 7, Odiakosa 4-7 2-3 10, Eldridge 6-16 5-9 17, Rubin 0-6 2-2 2, Phillips 4-6 8-9 17, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, A.Hill 4-5 4-4 12, Thornton 3-3 0-0 8, Lewis 0-1 0-0 0, Mishler 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-51 22-29 73.

UTAH (5-6): Tillie 6-9 7-7 19, Foster 0-4 0-0 0, Tavita 2-5 0-0 4, Henderson 1-3 0-0 3, Drca 6-14 4-4 18, Hines 0-1 0-0 0, Read 1-1 0-0 2, Brown 5-10 4-6 15, Glover 0-1 0-1 0, Washburn 1-5 0-0 2, Cypher s 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-55 15-18 63.

Halftime—Illinois St. 27-20. 3-Point Goals—Illinois St. 3-8 (Thornton 2-2, Phillips 1-3, Eldridge 0-3), Utah 4-19 (Drca 2-7, Henderson 1-2, Brown 1-4, Hines 0-1, Tillie 0-1, Cyphers 0-1, Tavi ta 0-3). Fouled Out—Tillie. Rebounds—Illinois St. 32 (Carmichael 10), Utah 35 (Drca 8). Assists—Illinois St. 11 (Phillips 5), Utah 12 (Drca 5). Total Fouls—Illinois St. 17, Utah 22. A—8,403.

Iowa 71, Drake 67 _ Matt Gatens scored 18 points, and Anthony Tucker added 17 as Iowa beat Drake.

Gatens also had nine rebounds and five assists for the Hawkeyes (4-7), who avoided being swept by their three instate rivals for the first time.

Iowa took control with a 12-4 run to open the second half, turning a one-point deficit into a 43-36 lead. Drake pulled within 67-65 with 36 seconds left, but the Hawkeyes held off the Bulldogs down the stretch to pick up their first close win of the year.

Seth VanDeest had 15 points and Josh Young added 13 for Drake, which had its first winning streak of the season snapped at three games. The Bulldogs (5-6) hit nine threes in the first half but shot just 2 of 11 from beyond the arc after that.

Iowa coach Todd Lickliter was back on the sidelines after missing three games because of surgery to repair a tear in his carotid artery.

Drake slowly chipped away at Iowa's lead, pulling within 64-59 with 3:33 left. VanDeest then followed a three-point play with a turnaround floater in the paint to make it 66-64 with 1:15 left.

VanDeest then hit just 1 of 2 free throws, keeping Iowa's lead at 67-65 with 36.3 seconds left. Iowa's Eric May and Drake's Craig Stanley traded free throws, but the Hawkeyes nearly coughed up the ball in transition before Gatens grabbed it and went to the line with 12.6 seconds left.

Gatens calmly hit both free throws to make it 71-67, and Josh Young's long 3 bounced off the rim.

May added 13 points for the Hawkeyes, who had 16 assists and just eight turnovers.

The Hawkeyes were behind for most of the first half, but Gatens buried a pair of 3s to key a 12-4 run that gave Iowa a 43-36 lead with 15:59 left. Drake briefly pulled within 47-45, but the Haw keyes pushed their lead back to seven, 52-45, on Devan Bawinkel's 3 with just under 10 minutes left.

Gatens then hit a 3 from the wing to make it 57-47 with 8:10 to go.

Gatens, a sophomore who is expected to be the leader of the inexperienced Hawkeyes, looks to have finally snapped out of an early season shooting funk. Gatens scored 18 points against Northern Iowa, had 20 in a loss at Iowa State and shot 5 of 8 against the Bulldogs.

Iowa trailed 32-26 late in the first half but scored five straight points to pull within 32-31 by the break. Drake was 9 of 17 from 3-point range in the first half, and six different Bulldogs h it 3s in the first 20 minutes.

For once, Iowa and Drake were able to face opponents who are as young as they are.

The Hawkeyes have three true freshmen in their rotation, including starters Cully Payne and Brennan Cougill, and junior forward Jarryd Cole is their only player who's been with the program more than two seasons.

The Bulldogs, who also started a pair of freshmen in VanDeest and Ben Simons, have their youngest roster since when they had the nation's least experienced team in 1990-91.

Ten Drake players are in their first year with the program, including transfer Ryan Wedel.

Iowa's three previous wins, over Bowling Green, North Carolina Central and Prairie View A&M, had all been by at least 10 points.

DRAKE (5-6): Simons 2-7 1-2 6, Templeton 1-5 0-0 3, VanDeest 5-8 4-6 15, Wedel 4-8 0-0 11, Young 4-9 3-4 13, Hawley 0-2 0-0 0, Stanley 2-6 6-6 11, Wiseler 1-3 0-0 2, Eaddy 0-0 0-0 0, Uhlenhopp 2-2 0-0 6. Totals 21-50 14-18 67.

IOWA (4-7): Gatens 5-8 4-4 18, Cole 4-8 0-3 8, Cougill 0-4 0-0 0, Tucker 5-11 2-4 17, Payne 3-5 0-2 8, Bawinkel 1-4 0-0 3, Fuller 2-4 0-0 4, May 3-6 7-10 13. Totals 23-50 13-23 71.

Halftime—Drake 32-31. 3-Point Goals—Drake 11-28 (Wedel 3-6, Uhlenhopp 2-2, Young 2-5, VanDeest 1-1, Stanley 1-2, Templeton 1-4, Simons 1-5, Hawley 0-1, Wiseler 0-2), Iowa 12-29 (Tucker 5-11, Gatens 4-6, Payne 2-4, Bawinkel 1-4, Fuller 0-1, May 0-3). Fouled Out—Cole, Templeton. Rebounds—Drake 28 (Wedel 6), Iowa 35 (Gatens 9). Assists—Drake 10 (Stanley 4), Iowa 16 (Gatens 5). Total Fouls—Drake 21, Iowa 16. A—9,921.

Northern Iowa 64, North Dakota 41 _ Reserve guard Marc Sonnen scored a career-high 21 points on seven three-point shots to lead Northern Iowa.

Sonnen was 7 for 8 from behind the arc. Northern Iowa made 14 three-pointers.

Ali Farokhmanesh added 10 points for the Panthers (8-1). Coach Ben Jacobson, returning to his alma mater, led his team to its seventh consecutive victory.

Chris Clausen scored 10 points to lead North Dakota (1-11), which lost its seventh straight.

N. IOWA (8-1): Farokhmanesh 3-5 2-2 11, Ahelegbe 1-3 2-2 5, Moran 2-8 1-2 6, A.Koch 1-4 6-6 9, Eglseder 1-2 0-0 2, Haak 0-0 0-0 0, J.Koch 0-1 1-2 1, Dunham 1-5 1-2 4, Sonnen 7-9 0-0 21, O'Rear 1-1 0-0 2, Pe hl 0-0 0-0 0, Rodenberg 0-0 0-0 0, James 1-2 1-3 3. Totals 18-40 14-19 64.

NORTH DAKOTA (1-11): Haugen 0-2 0-0 0, Bledsoe 3-8 1-2 8, Mertens 2-6 4-4 8, Benter 2-5 0-0 5, Mitchell 2-5 0-0 6, Monsebroten 0-1 2-2 2, Allard 0-2 0-0 0, Wilmer 1-0 0-0 2, Goodman 0-3 0-2 0, Clausen 4-4 0-0 10 , Schuler 0-0 0-0 0, Archer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-36 7-10 41.

Halftime—N. Iowa 34-20. 3-Point Goals—N. Iowa 14-26 (Sonnen 7-8, Farokhmanesh 3-5, A.Koch 1-1, Ahelegbe 1-2, Dunham 1-4, Moran 1-5, James 0-1), North Dakota 6-15 (Clausen 2-2, Mitchell 2-5, B enter 1-2, Bledsoe 1-5, Haugen 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—N. Iowa 29 (Ahelegbe 7), North Dakota 17 (Mertens 5). Assists—N. Iowa 15 (Ahelegbe, Dunham 5), North Dakota 11 (Bledsoe, Mertens 4) . Total Fouls—N. Iowa 14, North Dakota 17. Technical—North Dakota Bench. A—1,961.

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