DuBois named to all-tournament team, Western falls to Northern
Courtesy: Katie Kane, Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Friday 11/15/2008
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David DuBois was named to the 100 Club Classic All-Tournament Team...

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KENNESAW, Ga. - David DuBois was named to the 100 Club Classic All-Tournament Team after leading Western in scoring for both games of the tournament, Saturday.

DuBois led all players in scoring against Northern Illinois with 26 points, but it wasn’t enough as Western Illinois fell to Northern, 65-54.

“David is very talented; he can play inside and outside, so we have to look at our combinations and figure out where we can play him,” Western Illinois head coach Jim Molinari said. “He had an outstanding tournament. He will be a top player in our league if he can keep it up.”

The Huskies (1-1) jumped out to a 6-0 lead before DuBois hit his first jumper to put the Leathernecks (0-2) on the board at 17:52. Northern used a 14-3 run in the next 3:40 for its largest lead of the half, 19-5. At the 6:29 mark, a layup by Tommie Tyler started a 7-0 run for Western to take its first lead of the season 27-26 with five minutes left in the half.

A Northern Jumper put the Huskies ahead one before David Nurse sunk a three-point shot to put Western up by two. At 3:49, a Northern layup tied the score at 30-30 with Northern on the way to pulling ahead 35-32 heading into halftime.

DuBois had 15 first-half points, while Nurse had eight, including a pair of threes.

The first two minutes of the second half were scoreless, until Julian Jones, Jr., made a layup from Nurse to bring Western back within one. Western held Northern with no points for the first four minutes of the half, but a foul on a layup allowed Northern three points at 16:17 and a turnover allowed a six-point Northern lead, which later stretched to 10 at 11:07 (52-42).

Josh Rivers knocked down a three at 10:50 to bring Western within seven and neither team could score a point until the 6:32 mark. An 11-0 run by the Huskies down to the final minute of the game allowed the point deficit to grow to one that Western could not overcome.

“Our goal is to improve every day in our program,” Molinari explained. “We made a good step from our Kennesaw game to our Northern Illinois game. We did a better job guarding the three and now we have to get the combination of guarding the three and taking away penetration.”

Josh Rivers, for not practicing before the tournament, came on and played better at the point guard, and we will need him to do that,” Molinari continuted. “The same thing happened with James Granstra, who has been hurt. He gave us some good minutes and David Nurse really competed hard. We got some good minutes and made a big step in the program--we want to improve every day.”

Northern Illinois shot 52.2 percent (24-46), while Western only shot 36.1 percent (22-61) from the field. Nurse followed DuBois’ lead in scoring with 11 points and Rivers recorded six points. DuBois was the leading rebounder with eight and the only player to play all 40 minutes.

Western Illinois returns home for a weeknight home game against Eureka College, November 19 at 7 p.m.

“Every game will be a monumental tough game for us. Even with Eureka, we need to come back and get ready to play them,” Molinari said.

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