HALFTIME: Evansville 37, Eastern Illinois 27

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CHARLESTON, Ill. — D.J. Balentine scored 11 points and buried his third 3-pointer three seconds before the buzzer to lead the University of Evansville men’s basketball team to a 37-27 halftime lead over Eastern Illinois at Lantz Arena. Egidijus Mockevicius added nine points and eight rebounds for UE, which is looking to advance to the quarterfinals… Read more »

Pregame notes: Evansville at Eastern Illinois

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Basic info: CIT second round, Evansville (20-12) at Eastern Illinois (18-14), 7 p.m. Monday at Lantz Arena in Charleston, Illinois. Preview story: Aces to face multidimensional Eastern Illinois Live stream: All CIT games available for streaming here. Radio: WUEV 91.5 FM   PROBABLE STARTERS Evansville: Jaylon Brown (6-0, So., G, 4.9 ppg, 2.4 apg); D.J. Balentine (6-2, Jr., G, 19.4… Read more »

The Day(s) After: Evansville 82, IPFW 77

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Finally getting around to posting some leftover notes, quotes and observations from Evansville’s victory over IPFW in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (you can read my game story here). Here we go… 1. The 30-second shot clock was a nonfactor. The game was played with a quick pace throughout, especially early. The Aces had… Read more »

Pregame notes: IPFW at Evansville

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Basic info: CIT first round — IPFW (16-14, 9-7 Summit League) at Evansville (19-12, 9-9 Missouri Valley), 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ford Center Preview story: CIT ‘another opportunity’ for Moore, Aces Live stream: All CIT games can be watched here. Radio: WUEV 91.5 FM   PROBABLE STARTERS IPFW: Mo Evans (6-0, So., G, 10.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg); Steve Forbes (6-9,… Read more »

HALFTIME: Evansville 37, Illinois State 31

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ST. LOUIS — The University of Evansville men’s basketball team shot 59 percent from the field Friday to take a 37-31 halftime lead over Illinois State in a Missouri Valley Conference tournament quarterfinal at the Scottrade Center. Eight different players scored for the fifth-seeded Aces, who received a team-high eight points from Mislav Brzoja and seven… Read more »

Pregame notes/keys: Evansville vs. Illinois State

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Basic info: MVC Tournament quarterfinals, No. 4 seed Illinois State (19-11, 11-7) vs. No. 5 seed Evansville (19-11, 9-9), Friday 2:35 p.m at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Preview story: Aces embracing tougher mindset entering MVC tournament TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest; WUEV 91.5 FM Previous meetings: Illinois State routed the Aces in early February. The Redbirds also edged UE Saturday… Read more »

The Day After: Illinois State 69, Evansville 67 (OT)

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Here are some leftover thoughts and quotes on Illinois State’s overtime victory over Evansville on Saturday (you can read my game story here). —— Along with being a close, back-and-forth game in the final minutes, the contest was even more intriguing knowing that the teams would match up in Friday’s Missouri Valley Conference tournament quarterfinals. Illinois State… Read more »

HALFTIME: Illinois State 31, Evansville 27

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Paris Lee buried two 3-pointers and scored eight points to lead Illinois State to a 31-27 halftime lead over Evansville on Saturday at the Ford Center. The Redbirds went on a 14-2 run early in the half and kept the lead until the intermission. Neither team shot well from the field, with Evansville going 10 of 30… Read more »

Pregame notes: Illinois State at Evansville

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Basic info: Illinois State (18-11, 10-7 MVC) at Evansville (19-10, 9-8), 1 p.m. Saturday at Ford Center Preview story: Moore to be honored on Senior Day as Aces host Illinois State TV/Radio: Fox Sports Indiana; WUEV 91.5 FM   PROBABLE STARTERS Illinois State: Paris Lee (5-11, So., G, 6.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg); Daishon Knight (6-1, Sr., G, 14.1 ppg,… Read more »

Simmons denies offering additional scholarships in 2015 class

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University of Evansville men’s basketball coach Marty Simmons on Thursday denied offering any additional scholarships to Class of 2015 prospects. “The only guy we’ve offered has accepted and signed,” Simmons said. “That’s Harris Brown.” Jamie Shaw with Phenom Hoop Report reported Wednesday on Twitter that Tim Clay, a senior point guard from Alamance Christian School (North Carolina), has… Read more »

UE reportedly offers senior guard, is interested in Indianapolis Howe junior

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It surfaced Wednesday on Twitter that the University of Evansville and Southern Indiana have reportedly extended scholarship offers to Tim Clay, a 6-foot-1 senior point guard from Alamance Christian Academy in Graham, North Carolina. Unsigned Sr. Tim Clay (@Tim_Clay11) of Alamance Christian has now been offered by Evansville & Southern Indiana pic.twitter.com/Xa6VlNnToW — Jamie Shaw (@JamieShaw5)… Read more »

Balentine needs scoring help on the perimeter

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The University of Evansville men’s basketball team is at its best when perimeter players other than junior guard D.J. Balentine contribute in the scoring column. This explains why the Aces looked so hapless Sunday against No. 11 Wichita State, which limited Evansville to 31 percent shooting in a 62-43 win. Mislav Brzoja, Blake Simmons and Adam Wing —… Read more »