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Mar 6, 2017

2017 LITTLE CAESARS HORIZON LEAGUE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS: DAY 3

Also read: Sunday's #HLMBB Stars by Joey Yashinsky

Motor City Madness Schedule/Results: Men / Women

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Motor City Madness Schedule/Results
March 3
Gm. 1 (10) UIC 72, (7) Northern Kentucky 60 (women)
Gm. 2  (9) Valparaiso 79, (8) Youngstown State 62 (women)
Gm. 3 (10) Milwaukee 85, (7) Detroit Mercy 60 (men)
Gm. 4 (9) Youngstown State 84, Cleveland State 69 (men)
March 4
Gm. 5  (1) Green Bay 89, (9) Valparaiso 60 (women)
Gm. 6  (2) Wright State 79, (10) UIC 52 (women)
Gm. 7 (9) Youngstown State 81, (1) Oakland 80 (men)
Gm. 8 (10) Milwaukee 43, (2) Valparaiso 41 (men)
March 5
Gm. 9 (3) Detroit Mercy 70, (6) Cleveland State 56 (women)
Gm. 10 (5) Milwaukee 82, (4) Oakland 60 (women)
Gm. 11 (6) UIC 79, (3) Green Bay 70 (men)
Gm. 12 (4) Northern Kentucky 82, (5) Wright State 77 (men)
March 6
Gm. 13 (1) Green Bay vs. (5) Milwaukee (women) – 1 p.m.
Gm. 14 (2) Wright State vs. (3) Detroit Mercy (women) – 3:30 p.m.
Gm. 15 (9) Youngstown State vs. (4) Northern Kentucky (men) – 7 p.m.
Gm. 16 (10) Milwaukee vs. (6) UIC (men) – 9:30 p.m.
March 7
Gm. 17 Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14 (women) - Noon
Gm. 18 Winner Game 15 vs. Winner Game 16 (men) – 7 p.m.

(4) Northern Kentucky 82, (5) Wright State 77 (women)
DETROIT | Carson Williams scored 15 of his team-high 17 points in the second half and No. 4 Northern Kentucky went more than 10 minutes without missing a shot late in the game as the Norse beat No. 5 Wright State 82-77 in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championships on Sunday night.

Dantez Walton scored on a layup with 12:24 remaining in the second half that gave the Norse a 42-38 lead. Northern Kentucky connected on its next 13 shots and didn’t miss until LaVone Holland’s layup rolled off the rim with 2:02 left in the contest. By the time the shot streak was over, the Norse led 75-65 and needed just seven free throws in the final two minutes to secure the victory.

Grant Benzinger (29 points) and Mark Alstork (22 points) did everything they could to will the Raiders (20-12) to victory as the pair combined for 33 of Wright State’s 50 points in the second half.

(6) UIC 79, (3) Green Bay 70 (women)
DETROIT | Tarkus Ferguson had 12 points and 10 rebounds, including three free throws down the stretch as No. 6 UIC upset No. 3 Green Bay 79-70 in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championships on Saturday night.

The Flames led by as many as 17 points with 3:53 remaining, but the Phoenix used a 17-2 run over the next 2:45 to cut the deficit to 72-70. UIC hit seven free throws in the final 65 seconds to ice the victory and advance to the Horizon League semifinals for the second time in three years.

The Flames (15-17) will play No. 10 Milwaukee in Monday night’s semifinals with a trip to the Horizon League title game on the line. UIC defeated the Panthers in both meetings this season, including a 105-100 overtime win in Milwaukee on Feb. 4.

(5) Milwaukee 82, (4) Oakland 60 (women)
DETROIT | Jenny Lindner had 19 points and 14 rebounds and Steph Kostowicz had 16 points and 10 rebounds as No. 5 Milwaukee beat No. 4 Oakland 82-60 in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Horizon League Women’s Basketball Championships on Sunday afternoon.

The Panthers will play top-seeded Green Bay in semifinal action on Monday afternoon. Milwaukee split two regular-season games with the Phoenix this season, with the home team winning in both contests.

Lindner and Kostowicz were dominant on Sunday as the Panthers (20-10) outscored Oakland 40-12 in points in the paint and outrebounded the Golden Grizzlies (18-12) 46-34

(6) Cleveland State 56, (3) Detroit Mercy 70 (women)
DETROIT | Brianne Cohen scored 22 points to lead four players in double figures as No. 3 Detroit Mercy advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 Horizon League Women’s Basketball Championships with a 70-56 win over No. 6 Cleveland State on Sunday.

The Titans will play No. 2 Wright State in Monday’s semifinal. Detroit Mercy split two regular-season games with the Raiders with the home team winning in both contests.

Anja Marinkovic and Nicole Urbanick connected on back-to-back 3-pointers late in the first quarter to give the Titans an early 13-8 lead. The pair struck again, scoring the final eight points in the second quarter to stretch Detroit Mercy’s halftime lead to 10 points.

Rosanna Reynolds scored the first six points of the third quarter and Brittney Jackson later hit back-to-back 3-pointers to increase the Titans’ lead to 20 points. Detroit Mercy led by as many as 26 points in the fourth quarter before the Vikings scored 14 straight points to cut the deficit to 66-54 with just under two minutes remaining. Cohen scored consecutive layups to secure the victory.

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