Chicagost 26 27 53
Illinois 33 44 77
Date of game: 11/22/2013

Recap: Illinois vs. Chicago State

Champaign, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jon Ekey scored 19 points, leading four players in double figures, as the Illinois Fighting Illini captured a 77-53 win over the Chicago State Cougars in non-conference play at State Farm Center.

Joseph Bertrand, Tracy Abrams and Rayvonte Rice each tallied 12 points for the Illini (5-0) as they remained undefeated. Abrams also pulled down eight rebounds, second to Nnanna Egwu who cleared nine boards for the hosts.

The Cougars (2-4), losers of three in a row, were led by Clarke Rosenberg who tallied 16 points off the bench, followed by Matt Ross with 13 for the visitors.

Chicago State made a total of just nine field goals in the first half and, while four of those came from behind the 3-point line, the team still trailed at the break, 33-26.

In the second half Illinois, who connected on 50 percent from the field, again held the Cougars to just nine field goals, en route to the 24-point win.

The Illini dominated on the glass, 39-20, limiting Chicago State to just four offensive rebounds the entire night.

Game Notes

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Lions clinch playoff spot

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions clinched a playoff spot on Saturday due to the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Washington Redskins.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

Vancouver's Hansen collapses on bench

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench during the second period of Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames and had to be helped to the locker room.

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