The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


November 5, 2013

Illini get plenty of teaching tools in exhibition win

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois men’s basketball coach John Groce began his professional career as a high school math teacher.

So it should come as no surprise that he saw Sunday’s 83-67 win over Northwood University out of Michigan as a learning experience for his young Illini.

“This will be a great teaching tool,’’ said Groce referring to how his team’s defensive effort slacked off when the Illini went cold from the field, making just 1-of-20 during 14 minute stretch.

“Hopefully, the thing we learn is that when we didn’t shoot the ball very well there for a stretch, that you cannot tie your defensive effort and execution to how well things are going on offense,’’ he added. “That is a step that we will be looking to make.’’

Northwood went from trailing 41-17 with 6 minutes, 14 seconds left in the first half to taking a 48-47 lead on a 3-pointer by Khalid King with 13:25 left in the second half. The Timberwolves had nine of their 17 offensive rebounds during that stretch.

“Like coach said, we were tying our defense to making or missing shots,’’ said Illinois sophomore guard Mike LaTulip, who had 14 points in 14 minutes. “Obviously, we hit a little cold patch there, and I thought we stayed poised a majority of the time, in spite of them coming back from being down 24 points. That’s something that is a positive about our team, the fact that we can show that we were poised throughout situations like those was positive.’’

Rayvonte Rice, a red-shirt junior out of Champaign Centennial, scored 12 of his game-high 16 points during a second-half 21-7 run for the Fighting Illini. Rice sat out the first 11 minutes of Sunday’s game for an undisclosed reason. Groce said it was a coach’s decision.

“Whether I start or not, that is not going to affect my effort in the game,’’ Rice said. “My job is to go out there and compete with my team, and I felt like that’s what we did.’’

Text Only
  • SPT - CN0423 - Danville girls track photo 1 Record-setting day for Hall DANVILLE -- Athletes, coaches and fans were all giving advice to Danville sophomore Imani Hall in the high jump. While she appreciated the encouragement, Hall just focused on what she had been doing in practice for the past few weeks and it worked. H

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - CN0423 - Danville baseball photo Vikings no match for Tigers, loss 11-3 DANVILLE -- Urbana came a calling on Danville at Danville Stadium for a Big 12 Conference game with its ace Conner Gremar (Parkland College recruit) on the mound. The Tigers also brought their hitting sticks with them to defeat Danville 11-3. Danvill

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-CN0423 - Seeger softball photo 1 Patriots take over in sixth, beat Mustangs WEST LEBANON, Ind. - Seeger hosted Fountain Central in softball and the lead went back and forth through much of the game. All that changed in the sixth inning when the Patriots sent 11 batters to the plate and scored a half-dozen runs on seven hits

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Vikings softball easily cruises past Chargers DANVILLE -- Alissa Peelman overcame a tough start and hit a home run as the Danville softball team beat Champaign Centennial 12-2 in Big 12 conference action on Tuesday. Peelman gave up both of the Chargers' runs in the first inning but only gave up

    April 23, 2014

  • SPT - CN0422 - Salt Fork SB photo secondary Storm cruise past Cornjerkers CATLIN -- On a windy and drizzly afternoon in Catlin, two teams with a combined 16 wins and one loss met up in what seemed to be on paper a heavy weight fight in Vermilion Valley Conference play. The Salt Fork Storm came out of the gates strong and b

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - CN0422 - Local roundup photo LOCAL ROUNDUP: Cox tosses no-hitter for Westville DANVILLE -- Westville right-hander Tanner Cox was in total control on Monday against the Schlarman Academy Hilltoppers at Danville Stadium. Cox tossed a five-inning perfect game, striking out 11 of the 15 batters he faced as the Tigers defeated the H

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local Sports Schedule TUESDAY Prep Baseball Fountain Central at Seeger, 3:30 p.m. Turkey Run at Covington, 4 p.m. Heritage at Schlarman Academy, 4:30 p.m. Hoopeston Area at Milford, 4:30 p.m. Urbana at Danville, 4:30 p.m. Prep Softball Fountain Central at Seeger, 3:30 p.m

    April 22, 2014

  • No Headline Provided PREP BASEBALL At Bismarck Oakwood 12, Bismarck-Henning 1 Oakwood 213 121 2 -- 12 16 0 Bismarck-Henning 000 100 0 -- 1 4 4 WP -- Taylor Turner. LP -- Strawser. 2B -- Turner, Slade. RBIs -- Landon Turner 2, Slade 2, Anderson 2, Girton, Vinson, Abbott.

    April 22, 2014

  • SPT- CN0420 - Danville baseball photo 1 Vikings continue to learn Vikings continue to learn BY AARON PATTERSON

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT- CN0420- NV Softball photo 2 The Mustangs, Falcons split twinbill VEEDERSBURG, Ind. - Too many mistakes cost the Fountain Central softball team any chance of defeating North Vermillion in the first game of their double header. At least that is how Mustang head coach Allison Alexander saw the game. "We had nine erro

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

NJCAA Tourney Photos 2014

Check out the action at the NJCAA Division II National Men's Basketball Tournament March 18-22 at DACC. Buy photos from the Commercial-News here:

Must Read
AP Video
NDN Video