Illinois University Office of Sports Information February 27, 2005
Unit Wins Northern Illinois Men's Basketball Alumni Game By 125-95
--- Ten double-digit scorers. A combined 220 points, 28 three-point
bombs, and six slam-dunks.
Those are the
red-hot offensive clinic-like numbers put up in the Fifth Annual
Northern Illinois University Mens Basketball Alumni Game Sunday
morning (February 27) at the Convocation Center.
an over-the-hill alum scrimmage instead saw a vintage American Basketball
Association classic. Fast breaks. Alley oop dunks. Behind the back
passes. It was Showtime Huskies.
the NIU Cardinal team led from start to finish en route to a record-setting
125-95 triumph over the Black alumni. Coach Bill Finucanes
squad jumped to an 11-3 lead in the games first 2:10 and eventually
would build 33-point advantages twice (95-62 and 97-64) in the second
half. The Cardinal group recorded a .587 shooting percentage from
the floor (54-of-92) and a .485 mark from three-point range (16-of-33).
wasnt about winning or losing, said Black pivotman Ron
Rollo Lindfors (1980-83) who tallied six points. It
was a great time. It was a fun, uptempo game and it was great to
see some of my former teammates and all the other guys who played
here. Cardinal guard Chuck Schramm (1980-81) agreed with his
ex-Huskie teammate: Its fun every year. Its always
a great game. Theres a lot of good players out here.
Guard Jay Bates
(2001-03) topped all the Northern Illinois scorers for the second
year in a row with 29 points. The six-foot, 187-pounder from Chicago
Robeson High School hit 13-of-21 shots from the floor, 2-of-4 from
behind the three-point arc, and 1-of-1 at the free throw line. Bates,
who tallied an Alumni Game-record 34 points last winter, added eight
rebounds, seven assists, and five steals in 24 minutes.
Two other Cardinal
performers registered point-rebound double doubles as
forward Marcus Smallwood (2000-04) contributed 20 points on 9-of-11
from the field and 2-of-2 on three-pointers, plus pulled down 14
rebounds, and guard Andre Williams (1997-98) added 14 points on
7-of-9 from the floor and 10 boards. Smallwood was back in the states
after playing professional ball in Finland.
Hall of Fame
guard Donald Whiteside (1987-91) tallied 20 points on 8-of-10 shots
from the field and 4-of-5 behind the three-point line. Swingman
Al Sewasciuk (2000-04) added 17 points and hit his first two three-point
attempts and guard Walter Thompson (2000-04) collected four treys
and 16 markers overall. The game was played with two 20-minute running
The NIU Black
Alumni cut the deficit to nine (46-37) on a dunk shot by center
Mike Morrison (1999-2003), but the Cardinal went on a 14-8 run in
the first halfs final 5:20 for a 60-45 advantage at intermission.
In the initial 10:08 of the second stanza, the Cardinal unit outscored
the Black, 37-19, and zoomed into a commanding 95-62 lead.
Korceks Black quintet received a team-high 22-point performance
by guard Rodney Davis (1984-88). The 6-foot-3 Davis canned 8-of-12
shots from the field---including 6-of-10 from behind the arch---in
only 17 minutes. Guard Rey Jones (1996-2000) produced 20 points,
forward Burton Anderson (1997-99) scored 16 points, and guard Ephraim
Eaddy (1998-2000) posted 14 points and nine boards.
previous recipient of the annual Northern Illinois Slam-Dunk Award---executed
three crowd-pleasing dunks in the alum contest. Morrison added two
and Andre Williams also notched a slam.
Black team guard Jerry Williams (1983-87) scored four points, notched
two assists, and one steal, and was the alum who came the furthest.
Williams still lives in his Alliance, OH, hometown.
The 125 points
established an Alumni Game record. In 2002, the Cardinal squad---behind
Whitesides 25 points---defeated the Black alums by a 97-86
margin at NIUs Chick Evans Field House. Obviously, the 95
points by the Black team represented a record score for the losing
50 alumni players, coaches, and staffers were honored at the halftime
of the Northern Illinois-Ball State contest.