Battling No. 21 Wheaton for all 40 minutes, the Carthage men’s basketball team was eliminated from contention for the CCIW Tournament after suffering a 64-58 loss to the Thunder before a crowd of 1,812 on Saturday night at King Arena.
The loss, along with Augustana’s 66-61 victory over Elmhurst, kept the Red Men out of the league tourney for the seventh time in its eight years of existence.
KENOSHA — Overpowered by ninth-ranked Illinois Wesleyan, 78-59, the Carthage men’s basketball team could have used Paul Hubbard on Saturday night at Tarble Arena.
Fifty years ago this week (Feb. 16, 1963), the 6-foot-3 sharp-shooter poured in a school-record 47 points in a 92-75 victory over Lake Forest College at the Carthage Fieldhouse in Carthage, Ill.
KENOSHA — If the Illinois Wesleyan men’s basketball team wins an NCAA Division III championship next month, no one among the crowd of 1,850 Saturday night at Tarble Arena will be the least bit surprised.
Playing with machine-like precision, the No. 9 Titans continued their march toward College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin perfection as they put on a clinic in carving up Carthage, 78-59, to clinch the regular-season title outright. With victories over Millikin and North Central in its final two games, Wesleyan (20-3, 12-0) would become the CCIW’s first undefeated champion since Augustana went 16-0 in 1973.
KENOSHA — In their four seasons as members of the Carthage men’s basketball team, Tyler Pierce and Mitch Thompson have been a part of a number of memorable College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin victories.
The senior mainstays have a chance to make their final game at Tarble Arena one to remember when the Red Men (11-11, 6-5 CCIW) host No. 9 Illinois Wesleyan (19-3, 11-0) at 7 tonight before what is expected to be a large Alumni Night crowd.
KENOSHA — Comfortable victories have been a rarity for the Carthage men’s basketball team this season.
So, when the Red Men built a 13-point lead early in the second half on Wednesday night, it was safe to assume that Elmhurst would keep things close until the final minutes.
In fifth place in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin standings with four games to play, the Carthage men’s basketball team has little room for error the rest of the way.
The Carthage men’s basketball team slipped into fifth place in the CCIW standings after suffering an 83-74 loss to Augustana on Saturday night at the Roy J. Carver Center in Rock Island, Ill.
“We seem to be just a little bit short,” Carthage coach Bosko Djurickovic said. “This was a competitive game played at a fierce pace. It was a man’s game. We just weren’t quite able to do enough to pull it out.
After losing a close game at No. 7 North Central on Wednesday, the Carthage men’s basketball team plays its biggest CCIW game of the season against Augustana at 7 tonight in Rock Island, Ill.
The teams are tied for fourth place in the CCIW standings at 5-4. Carthage (10-10) lost to Augustana (15-5) by a 68-56 margin on Jan. 5 in Kenosha as the Vikings outscored the Red Men 15-6 in the final five minutes.
It was an empty final 2 minutes and 36 seconds for the Carthage College men’s basketball team at North Central on Wednesday night.
After pulling even late, the Red Men could not pull off the upset in falling to No. 7 North Central 60-52 at Gregory Arena before 425 in Naperville, Ill.
KENOSHA — To say that Reese Herth was eager for Saturday night’s rematch against Millikin would be a major understatement.
The sophomore guard scored a career-high 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting as the Carthage men’s basketball team dished out a thorough 71-47 beatdown of the Big Blue at Tarble Arena.
The Carthage College women’s basketball team had little trouble in beating Millikin 66-44 on Friday in College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin action at Tarble Arena.
Stephanie Kuzmanic led the Reds (16-3, 8-0 CCIW) with 21 points, six assists and five rebounds. Three others scored in double figures for Carthage — Kristi Schmidt (12), Cailee Corcoran (10) and Michelle Wenzel (10).
KENOSHA — It will be a matchup between teams heading in opposite directions when the Carthage men’s basketball team hosts Millikin in a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin game at 7:30 Saturday night at Tarble Arena.
The Red Men (9-9, 4-3 CCIW) have won four of their last five to move into a three-way tie for third place in the eight-team league, while the Big Blue (7-11, 3-4) have lost four in a row to fall to sixth place.
KENOSHA — Standing 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-5, respectively, Mitch Thompson and Marlon Senior don’t generally tower over the opposition on the basketball floor.
On Wednesday night, the active Carthage duo resembled Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls.
After leading the Carthage basketball team to a pair of victories last week, Mitch Thompson was named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Player of the Week on Monday.
It is the first time that the 6-foot-6 senior forward from Orland Park, Ill., has received the league’s weekly award. He is the first Carthage player to be honored this season.
KENOSHA — When the star of a theatrical show or a team is forced to miss a performance or game, the crowd is often disappointed to watch his replacement.
Marlon Senior, however, played his understudy role to near-perfection Saturday night in front of 1,075 fans at Tarble Arena.
KENOSHA — The Carthage men’s basketball team will play its fourth nationally ranked opponent in its last five games when it hosts No. 20 Wheaton in a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin matchup 7 p.m. Saturday at Tarble Arena.
The Red Men (7-9, 2-3 CCIW) have lost four in a row to Wheaton, which received an at-large berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament last year and lost to eventual champion UW-Whitewater in the Sweet 16.
The short-handed Carthage men’s basketball team captured its first conference road victory in edging host Elmhurst (Ill.), 65-61, in a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin game Wednesday at Faganel Hall.
With leading scorer Tyler Pierce sidelined for an unknown reason, Carthage’s Mitch Thompson picked the perfect time to play one of his most complete games of the season with a season-high 21 points. The senior forward also finished with eight rebounds and three blocks in 37 productive minutes.
Eyeing its second upset victory in four days, the Carthage men’s basketball team was overpowered by No. 22 Illinois Wesleyan, 82-65, in a CCIW game on Saturday night at the Shirk Center in Bloomington, Ill.
With Millikin suffering a 20-point loss to Wheaton on Saturday, Illinois Wesleyan (12-3, 4-0 CCIW) took over sole possession of first place in the conference. Carthage, coming off a victory over top-ranked North Central on Wednesday, fell to 1-3 in league play (6-9 overall).
KENOSHA — As the final seconds ticked off the clock, Carthage senior Tyler Pierce, sporting an uncontainable smile, pounded some authoritative dribbles into the Tarble Arena court before spiking the ball skyward as the final buzzer sounded.
KENOSHA — Good-bye, Luke Johnson. Hello, Cameron Van Wyk.
Luke Johnson, Carthage’s leading scorer and rebounder, has left school and is no longer on the team.
Primed for a much-needed upset victory, the Carthage men’s basketball team was haunted by its recent offensive woes in the final 10 minutes on Saturday night.
It will only get tougher for the Carthage men’s basketball team.
Three days after suffering a surprising defeat to Millikin in the CCIW opener in Decatur, Ill., the Red Men (5-7, 0-1) will look to get back on the winning track when they host No. 19 Augustana (11-1, 1-0) at 7 tonight at Tarble Arena.
It wasn’t the longest bus ride home in the history of the Carthage men’s basketball program, but it probably felt like it.
Playing in its 58th CCIW opener, the Red Men suffered a stunning 71-59 loss to Millikin on Wednesday night at the Griswold Physical Education Center in Decatur, Ill.
—vs. Buena Vista at Carroll University Johnson Tip-Off Tournament (Waukesha), 6 p.m.
—vs. Carroll or Concordia (Wis.) at Carroll University Johnson Tip-Off Tournament (Waukesha), 1 or 3 p.m.
—at Lake Forest (Ill.), 7:30 p.m.
—vs. Iowa Wesleyan at Carthage Classic, 8 p.m.
—vs. Aurora (Ill.) or UW-Whitewater at Carthage Classic, 2 or 4 p.m.
—vs. Hope (Mich.) at CCIW/MIAA Classic (Wheaton), 6 p.m.
—vs. Calvin (Mich.) at CCIW/MIAA Classic (Wheaton), 1 p.m.
—at Coe (Iowa), 7 p.m.
—vs. Northwood (Fla.) at Northwood English Family Classic (West Palm Beach, Fla.), 6 p.m.
—vs. St. Thomas (Fla.) at Northwood English Family Classic (West Palm Beach, Fla.), 4 p.m.
—Benedictine (Ill.), 7:30 p.m.
—at Millikin, 7:30 p.m.
—Augustana, 7 p.m.
—North Central, 7:30 p.m.
—at Illinois Wesleyan, 7 p.m.
—at Elmhurst, 7:30 p.m.
—Wheaton, 7 p.m.
—North Park, 7:30 p.m.
—Millikin, 7 p.m.
—at North Central, 7:30 p.m.
—at Augustana, 7 p.m.
—Elmhurst, 7:30 p.m.
—Illinois Wesleyan, 7 p.m.
—at Wheaton, 7 p.m.
—at North Park, 7:30 p.m.
—CCIW Tournament semifinals, TBA.
—CCIW Tournament championship, TBA.
No. Player Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown
4 Myles Olsen G 6-1 Fr. East Troy
5 Kevin Sexton G 6-0 Fr. Arlington Heights (Ill.)
10 Mitch Thompson F 6-6 Sr. Orland Park (Ill.)
12 Nick Bauch C 6-7 Jr. Rockford (Ill.)
14 Reese Herth G 6-2 So. Morton Grove (Ill.)
15 Kiston Lee F 6-3 So. Decatur (Ill.)
20 Kevin Sykes Jr. G 6-3 Jr. Tinley Park (Ill.)
21 Donte Logan G 5-11 So. Evanston (Ill.)
22 Cameron Van Wyk F 6-6 So. Wassenaar, Netherlands
24 Ellis Matthews G 6-3 Fr. Libertyville (Ill.)
25 Trevor James F 6-3 Jr. Maywood (Ill.)
30 Marlon Senior G 6-5 Jr. Skokie (Ill.)
31 Sam Passarelli G 6-3 Jr. Justice (Ill.)
32 Melvin Claybrook G 6-2 Jr. Racine
33 Mitch Wright G 6-3 So. Hampton (Ill.)
34 Sean Valentine F 6-4 Fr. Cary (Ill.)
40 Luke Johnson C 6-9 So. Naperville (Ill.)
43 Rich Bodee G 6-5 Fr. Darien (Ill.)
44 Tyler Pierce C 6-5 Sr. Westmont (Ill.)
54 Steve Jaskulske F 6-7 Sr. Racine
Head coach—Bosko Djurickovic, 17th season
Assistant coaches—Dave Roehl, Steve Djurickovic, Ashley Koeshall, Nick Perrine, John Voynovich
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