Duane Gibson returns to practice

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University of Evansville junior guard Duane Gibson returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Dec. 29. That surgery was Gibson’s third operation in six months on his meniscus, which was initially torn last June. Gibson, a starter last season, played in four games this season between… Read more »

The Day After: Indiana State 82, Evansville 65

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Here are some leftover notes, quotes and observations from Indiana State’s 82-65 win against Evansville on Sunday. You can read my game story here. 1. In UE coach Marty Simmons’ words, Evansville “didn’t give a lot of resistance.” It started on the first possession, when Brenton Scott curled around multiple screens and swished an open… Read more »

HALFTIME: Indiana State 45, Evansville 31

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TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State drilled 8 of 10 3-pointers en route to a 45-31 halftime lead over the University of Evansville men’s basketball team Sunday at the Hulman Center. Sophomore Brenton Scott got the hot shooting started for ISU, burying his first five 3-point attempts — in the opening 10 minutes. Scott had 17… Read more »

Pregame notes: Evansville at Indiana State

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Basic info: Evansville (17-3, 6-1 MVC) at Indiana State (10-9, 4-3), 3 p.m. CT Sunday at Hulman Center in Terre Haute Preview story: Aces, Sycamores expect another ‘slugfest’ TV/Radio: ESPNU; WUEV 91.5 FM   PROBABLE STARTERS Evansville: Jaylon Brown (6-0, Jr., G, 11.1 ppg, 3.1 apg); D.J. Balentine (6-2, Sr., G, 21.2 ppg, 4.7 apg); Blake Simmons (6-5, Jr.,… Read more »

HALFTIME: Evansville 35, Loyola 27

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D.J. Balentine had 16 points and four assists to lead Evansville to a 35-27 halftime lead over Loyola on Tuesday at the Ford Center. Balentine handed out two assists and scored four points during a 10-0 run that helped the Aces take a 27-17 lead with 5:03 left. But Loyola guard Milton Doyle scored six straight… Read more »

Pregame notes: Loyola at Evansville

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Basic info: Loyola (8-10, 1-5 MVC) at Evansville (16-3, 5-1), 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ford Center Preview story: Aces will try to push pace against plodding Loyola TV/Radio: CBS Sports Network; WUEV 91.5 FM   PROBABLE STARTERS Loyola: Earl Peterson (6-3, Sr., G, 9.9 ppg, 2.3 apg); Devon Turk (6-4, Sr., G, 10.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg); Milton Doyle… Read more »

The Day After: Evansville 66, Illinois State 55

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Here are some leftover notes, quotes and observations from Evansville’s 66-55 win Friday over Illinois State. You can read my game story here. 1. Evansville’s 2-3 zone was effective. That rarely used defensive wrinkle helped the Aces tempt the athletic Redbirds into being passive on offense (but not the offensive glass, where they pulled down 20… Read more »

HALFTIME: Evansville 35, Illinois State 29

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NORMAL, Ill. — The University of Evansville men’s basketball team shot 59 percent from the field to overcome 10 turnovers and lead Illinois State 35-29 Friday at Redbird Arena. UE senior D.J. Balentine scored 15 points, including 11 in the first eight minutes. Jaylon Brown chipped in seven points, Egidijus Mockevicius had six points and… Read more »

Pregame notes: Evansville at Illinois State

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Basic info: Evansville (15-3, 4-1 MVC) at Illinois State (9-9, 3-2 MVC), 8 p.m. Friday at Redbird Arena in Normal, Illinois. Preview story: Aces seniors look to earn first win at Illinois State TV/Radio: ESPN2; WUEV 91.5 FM   PROBABLE STARTERS Evansville: Jaylon Brown (6-0, Jr., G, 3.3 apg); D.J. Balentine (6-2, Sr., G, 20.9 ppg, 4.6 apg); Blake… Read more »

The Day After: Evansville 84, Drake 65

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Here are some leftover notes and quotes from Evansville’s win over Drake on Tuesday. You can read my game story here. 1. Evansville’s stars broke out of mini-slumps. D.J. Balentine and Egidijus Mockevicius returned to their normal production after off nights by their standards. Mockevicius had 21 points and 12 rebounds, returning to his double-double ways… Read more »

HALFTIME: Evansville 38, Drake 22

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The University of Evansville men’s basketball team made its final five field goals and outscored Drake by 15 over the final nine minutes to lead 38-22 at halftime Tuesday at the Ford Center. Egidijus Mockevicius led the way with 10 points, five rebounds and two blocks, and threw down a monster two-handed dunk during UE’s… Read more »

Pregame notes: Drake at Evansville

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Basic info: Drake (5-11, 0-4 MVC) at Evansville (14-3, 3-1 MVC), 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ford Center Pregame story: Drake men’s basketball more dangerous than record suggests TV/Radio: ESPN3; WUEV 91.5 FM   PROBABLE STARTERS Drake: Graham Woodward (6-0, So., G, 12.4 ppg, 3.1 apg); Jacob Enevold (7-0, Jr., C, 5.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg); Reed Timmer (6-1, So.,… Read more »