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SportShorts for Monday, January 13, 2020


Duchesses 5th at Sycamore

Riley Kavanaugh had a total pinfall of 1,116 to place 10th overall and lead Dixon to fifth place at the 12-team Matt Clark Invitational on Saturday in Sycamore.

The Duchesses had a 4,930 total, behind Sycamore (6,029), Oswego East (5,455), Oswego (5,288) and Plainfield Central (5,041).

Rounding out the Dixon lineup were Kerina Gray (1,053), Tori Baker (983), Kaylie Yocum (966) and Tianna Bryson (812).

Kavanaugh (211) and Gray (203) had the only 200-plus games for the Duchesses.


Illini find a way to beat Rutgers

Ayo Dosunmu scored 18 points, and Kofi Cockburn added 11 and grabbed 17 rebounds and Illinois rallied, then held off Rutgers 54-51 at home on Saturday.

Dosunmu stepped up big in the final two minutes for Illinois (12-5, 4-2). He scored four points – all at the free-throw line – to seal a defensive battle that saw Rutgers (12-4, 3-2) grab the lead early in the game.

Jacob Young led Rutgers with 16 points, and Ron Harper Jr. added nine for the Scarlet Knights.

Illinois went on two 6-0 runs in the second half to close the gap. Both teams played well defensively, as Rutgers shot 20-for-59 (34%) and Illinois shot 18-for-63 (29%).

Badgers notch Big Ten road win

Micah Potter scored 18 of his 24 points in the first half and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Wisconsin over No. 20 Penn State 58-49 on Saturday.

Brad Davison had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Badgers (10-6, 3-2 Big Ten), and Kobe King added 10 points. Wisconsin never trailed, and led by as many as 12 with 14:13 to play.

Lamar Stevens had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Nittany Lions (12-4, 2-3), who had won 13 in a row at home. Isaiah Brockington scored 15 points.

Wildcats pick up first Big Ten victory

Miller Kopp scored 15 points, and Northwestern snapped a five-game losing streak, hanging on to beat Nebraska 62-57 Saturday in Evanston for its first conference win.

The Wildcats (6-9, 1-4 Big Ten) led by as many as 18 in the first half before things got close in the final minutes. Nebraska's Cam Mack nailed a 3 from the right to cut it to 60-57 with 51 seconds left. After the Wildcats' Pete Nance missed from beyond the arc, Pat Spencer blocked a potential tying 3 from the wing by Dachon Burke Jr. Kopp then made two free throws with nine seconds left to seal Northwestern's first win since Dec. 15 against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

Spencer scored 14, and Northwestern matched a season high by making 10 of 29 3-pointers.

Mack scored 11 for the Cornhuskers (7-9, 2-3), who shot just 31.3% and made 9 of 30 3-pointers. Coach Fred Hoiberg took the loss in his first game in the Chicago area since the NBA's Bulls fired him early last season.


Bison win eighth FCS title in 9 years

Trey Lance ran for 166 yards, with a clutch 44-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, and James Hendricks had a game-clinching interception after an earlier TD run on a fake field goal as North Dakota State beat James Madison 28-20 on Saturday for its eighth FCS national championship, and the first 16-win season in any division since Yale in 1894.

The Bison (16-0) stretched their FCS-record winning streak to 37 in a row while winning their record eighth championship in the division – all in the past nine seasons. They also won five NCAA Division II titles from 1983-90.

After stopping Lance short on a fourth-and-2 at its 36 with 2:51 left, James Madison (14-2) drove to the 3 before Hendricks picked off the pass by Ben DiNucci at the goal line.

While Lance was only 6 of 10 passing for 72 yards, he has now attempted 289 passes for the Bison without ever throwing an interception. He ran a season-high 30 times in the finale, and his 44-yard scramble TD came on a third-and-23 play to open the fourth quarter and put the Bison up 28-13.

Riley Stapleton's 5-yard TD catch with 7 minutes left was his second of the game. He also had two TD catches in the national title game two years ago for the Dukes in another loss to North Dakota State.

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