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Evansville beats Northern Arizona 71-65 for CIT title

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Egidijus Mockevicius scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Evansville past Northern Arizona 71-65 victory in the College Insider.com Tournament on Thursday night. It was the 20th double-double of the season for Mockevicius, who helped Evansville (24-12) win its first postseason title since becoming an NCAA Division I program in 1977...
Via AP on Fox
April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Evansville beats UT Martin 79-66 to advance to CIT final

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) D.J. Balentine scored 28 points to lead Evansville past UT Martin 79-66 on Tuesday night to advance to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament championship. Adam Wing had 16 points and Blake Simmons added 13 for the Purple Aces (23-12). Evansville will host the winner of the other semifinal between North Arizona and NJIT in the title game on Thursday night. The Aces...
Via AP on Fox
March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois State beats Evansville 71-67 to advance in MVC

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) Deontae Hawkins made four 3-pointers and scored 17 to points to help fourth-seeded Illinois State defeat fifth-seeded Evansville 71-67 on Friday in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament quarterfinals. Up next on Saturday for the Redbirds (20-11) is top-seeded and No. 8-ranked Wichita State, which defeated Southern Illinois 56-45 earlier Friday. D.J. Balentine...
Via AP on Fox
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Knight's jumper gives Illinois State 69-67 OT win over Aces

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Daishon Knight hit a baseline jumper with two seconds remaining, lifting Illinois State to a 69-67 victory over Evansville in overtime on Saturday. As a result, the Redbirds (19-11, 10-8) claimed the No. 4 seed for the Missouri Valley Conference tournament at St. Louis, but will again face the Purple Aces (19-11, 9-9), the No. 5 seed, at St. Louis on Friday...
Via AP on Fox
February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

No. 10 N. Iowa tops Evansville, sets up showdown vs. Wichita St.

  Deon Mitchell scored 17 points and No. 10 Northern Iowa beat Evansville 68-57 on Wednesday night, setting up a showdown with 11th-ranked Wichita State for the Missouri Valley title. Paul Jesperson added 11 points for the Panthers (27-2, 16-1 MVC), who are tied with the Shockers atop the conference. The two teams will meet Saturday in Wichita for the regular season championship...
Via AP on Fox
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Evansville-N. Iowa Preview

Before Northern Iowa can focus on the highly anticipated regular-season finale with its Missouri Valley Conference co-leader, there's a chance to make program history for the second time in three days. The No. 10 Panthers can avenge their most recent defeat with a school-record 16th consecutive victory Wednesday night against visiting Evansville. Riding the fourth-longest winning...
Via AP on Fox
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Evansville-Wichita St. Preview

Wichita State's Tekele Cotton put his conditioning to the test while chasing the Missouri Valley Conference's leading scorer around countless screens in last month's meeting with Evansville. The league's reigning defensive player of the year is now bracing for another strenuous assignment in D.J. Balentine. The 13th-ranked Shockers try for their sixth straight win overall and 31st...
Via AP on Fox
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Balentine scores 24 points as Evansville beats Drake 61-52

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) D.J. Balentine poured in 24 points and all five starters scored as Evansville fended off Drake 61-52 on Tuesday night to avoid a season sweep. Balentine hit half his field goals (8 of 16), added a pair of 3-pointers and sank 6 of 7 from the foul line for the Purple Aces (19-8, 9-6 Missouri Valley Conference). Jacob Enevold Jensen led Drake (8-19, 5-10) with...
Via AP on Fox
February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Evansville tops Southern Illinois 72-64

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) D.J. Balentine scored 15 points as five Purple Aces finished in double figures and Evansville topped Southern Illinois 72-64 on Saturday. Balentine scored 10 of his points in the first half. Mislav Brzoja added 14 points, Jaylon Moore 13, Duane Gibson chipped in 12 and Egidijus Mockevicius finished with 10 for the Purple Aces (18-8, 8-6 Missouri Valley Conference...
Via AP on Fox
February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Evansville beats Missouri State 73-66

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) D.J. Balentine scored 20 points and Evansville pulled away in the second half to beat Missouri State 73-66 on Tuesday. Adam Wing added 17 points and the Purple Aces (17-8, 7-6 Missouri Valley Conference) snapped a three-game losing streak. Balentine is tied for 25th in the nation in scoring and has notched double figures in all but two of Evansville's games...
Via AP on Fox
February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Evansville sails by Indiana State, 89-78

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) D.J. Balentine scored 18 points and dished out six assists to lead Evansville to an 89-78 victory over Indiana St on Tuesday night. Blake Simmons added 14 points and Egidijus Mockevicius finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Purple Aces (16-5, 6-3 Missouri Valley Conference), who have won four of their last five and are 12-0 this season when leading...
Via AP on Fox
January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Balentine's 25 leads Evansville past SIU, 75-66

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) D.J. Balentine knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers barely four minutes into the game to give Evansville the lead for good in a 75-66 win over Southern Illinois Saturday in a game honoring the Purple Aces 1964-65 NCAA Division II national championship team. Balentine scored nine straight points, lifting Evansville (15-5, 5-3 Missouri Valley Conference) from...
Via AP on Fox
January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Loyola falls to Evansville despite locking down D.J. Balentine

Take away D.J. Balentine, the Missouri Valley Conference’s leading scorer, and you have a good chance at beating Evansville. Loyola did that effectively Wednesday but still lost a tough one to the Aces, 65-56. Balentine scored just 6 points, a season-low, on 2-of-12 field-goal shooting. But his second make was one of the game’s biggest shots. Evansville (14-5, 4-3 MVC) led 59...
Via The Catch and Shoot
January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Evansville hits clutch foul shots to beat Loyola 65-56

CHICAGO (AP) Blake Simmons scored 13 points and Eqidijus Mockevicius added 12 points with 13 rebounds as Evansville held off Loyola of Chicago 65-56 on Wednesday night. The Purple Aces (15-4, 4-3 Missouri Valley Conference) used a pair of runs late in the game - 11-1 and 8-0 - to stake a 10-point lead with just over four minutes to play. That's when the Ramblers (13-6, 3-4) turned...
Via AP on Fox
January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

No. 13 Wichita State stymies Evansville 61-41

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Darius Carter and Ron Baker scored 18 points apiece to lead No. 13 Wichita State to a 61-41 victory over Evansville on Saturday in front of 7,015 at the Ford Center. The Shockers (16-2, 6-0 Missouri Valley) held the Aces to their season-low point total and a season-low 30 percent from the field. D.J. Balentine scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half to...
Via AP on Fox
January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

No. 13 Wichita State stymies Evansville 61-41

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Darius Carter and Ron Baker scored 18 points apiece to lead No. 13 Wichita State to a 61-41 victory over Evansville on Saturday in front of 7,015 at the Ford Center. The Shockers (16-2, 6-0 Missouri Valley) held the Aces to their season-low point total and a season-low 30 percent from the field. D.J. Balentine scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half to lead...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Wichita St.-Evansville Preview

Wichita State knows where it's going come March. Evansville wants to go, too, and the Purple Aces are seeking a signature victory Saturday when they host the Missouri Valley Conference superpower. Though Evansville (13-4, 3-2) is tied for fourth in the Valley, two games behind the 13th-ranked Shockers (15-2, 5-0), it has shown itself a viable contender to perhaps emerge as a third...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Evansville beats Missouri State 56-54

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) D.J. Balentine sank a game-winning jumper in the final seconds as Evansville beat Missouri State 56-54 on Wednesday night. Balentine's winning goal came with six seconds to go and the score tied 54-54. Then, Egidijus Mockevicius blocked a jumper by Missouri State's Dorrian Williams in the final seconds to preserve the lead for the win. Mockevicius posted a...
Via AP on Fox
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Evansville rolls past cold-shooting Bradley, 66-56

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) Egidijus Mockevicius had 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead Evansville in a 66-56 victory over Bradley on Saturday. Mockevicius made 5 of 7 field goals and added two steals and two blocks. D.J. Balentine scored 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting, and Mislav Brzoja added 10 for Evansville (12-4, 2-2 Missouri Valley). The Purple Aces shot 24 of 45 for 53 percent from the...
Via AP on Fox
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Thomas' basket gives Loyola of Chicago a 71-70 win over Aces

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Christian Thomas scored 16 points, including a basket underneath in the final second, to lift Loyola of Chicago to a 71-70 victory over Evansville 71-70 on Wednesday. A basket by D.J. Balentine gave Evansville a 70-66 lead with a minute left. Milton Doyle hit a 3-pointer to get the Ramblers (12-3, 2-1 Missouri Valley) within a point with 42 seconds remaining...
Via AP on Fox
January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Indiana State outlasts Evansville in OT 79-75

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) Jake Kitchell scored 21 points and Indiana State outlasted Evansville in overtime 79-75 on Sunday. Evansville (11-3, 1-1 Missouri Valley) went up three in overtime after four straight free throws by D.J. Balentine and Blake Simmons. Indiana State's Devonte Brown worked the offensive glass for a tip-in, then Brenton Scott made 1 of 2 at the line to tie it at...
Via AP on Fox
January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Evansville overcomes big deficit to upset No. 23 Northern Iowa

  D.J. Balentine scored 17 points and Evansville came all the way back from 16 down to beat No. 23 Northern Iowa 52-49 on Thursday night. Egidju Mockevicius added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Purple Aces (11-2, 1-0 Missouri Valley Conference). Jaylon Brown made four free throws in the last 7 seconds to seal it. Seth Tuttle led UNI with 18 points, but fouled out in the final...
Via AP on Fox
January 01, 2015  |  Discuss

N. Iowa-Evansville Preview

The Missouri Valley Conference season begins with Northern Iowa owning the best defense and Evansville the best offense. How those units fare against each other will be a major factor Thursday night when the No. 23 Panthers visit the Aces in these teams' MVC opener. There are four MVC games slated for Wednesday before Northern Iowa (11-1) and Evansville (10-2) take the court. The...
Via AP on Fox
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Evansville tops Coppin State 85-80

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) D.J. Ballentine scored 32 points on 10-of-18 shooting on Sunday and Evansville held off a second-half surge by Coppin State to win 85-80. Egidijus Mockevicius scored 15 and grabbed 10 rebounds, Blake Simmons added 13 points, and Mislav Brzoja had 10 boards for the Purple Aces (10-2). Coppin State opened with three straight 3-pointers to lead 9-8, but Evansville...
Via AP on Fox
December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Evansville beats Ohio 81-69 in OT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) D.J. Ballentine scored 23 points, including eight in overtime, to lead Evansville to an 81-69 comeback win over Ohio on Thursday. The Purple Aces (8-2) scored 12 unanswered points in OT and made 23 of 28 free throws. Ohio built a five-point second-half lead, 57-52, on a 3-pointer by Javarez Willis, but Evansville pulled ahead with a 13-2 run. Ohio rallied and...
Via AP on Fox
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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