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Tournament Date:
U.S. Games: Nov.14-20
Cancun Games: Nov.22 & 23
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Illinois Crowned Riviera Division Champions, Defeat Illinois State, 63-59

Tournament Notes (pdf)

Cancun, Mexico -- Tournament MVP DJ Richardson helped Illinois win the 2011 Cancun Challenge Riviera Division at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico. The Fighting Illini defeated the Redbirds of Illinois State, 63-59. Richardson finished with 13 points and senior guard Sam Maniscalco added a team-high 14. Maniscalco was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Illinois moves to a perfect 5-0 on the season and joins past champions Vanderbilt (2008), Kentucky (2009), and Missouri (2010).

Jackie Carmichael led Illinois State (3-2) with 17 points and Jon Ekey finished with 14. John Wilkins and Ekey were both named to the All-Tournament Team. Wilkins had an outstanding tournament with 7 boards and 10 points in the championship game.

The game included three lead changes with the largest lead by Illinois in the 1st half at the 8:39 mark. Illinois State went on a 17-3 run to open the 2nd half and turned a 7-point deficit at halftime into a 7-point lead at the 16:12 mark.

Riviera All-Tournament Team
Darien Brothers Richmond
Gilvydas Biruta - Rutgers
John Wilkins Illinois State
Jon Ekey Illinois State
Sam Maniscalco - Illinois

Tournament MVP
DJ Richardson - Illinois

Mayan All-Tournament Team
Darrion Pellum Hampton
Jerome Jones Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Shane Gibson Sacred Heart
Justin Swidowski Sacred Heart
Zavion Williams Lipscomb

Tournament MVP
Robert Boyd - Lipscomb


2011 Men's Cancun Challenge Participants

Riviera Division
Illinois State

Mayan Division
Sacred Heart
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

The tournament banquet will be Monday evening, Nov. 21. Cocktails at 6:30 PM CT, Seat for dinner at 7:00 PM CT

U.S. Games
Mon. Nov. 14:
Southern Illinois Edwardsville 46, at Illinois 66
Thu. Nov. 17:
Sacred Heart 75, at Rutgers 91
Hampton 51, at Richmond 72
Lipscomb 64, at Illinois 79
Southern Illinois Edwardsville 38, at Illinois State 68
Sat. Nov. 19:
Sacred Heart 58, at Richmond 58
Lipscomb 70, at Illinois State 78
Sun. Nov. 20:
Hampton 52, at Rutgers 66
Monday, Nov. 14
Illinois  66, SIUE 46 
Thursday, Nov. 17
Richmond 72, Hampton 51 
Illinois State 68, SIUE 38 
Illinois  79, Lipscomb 64 
Rutgers 91, Sacred Heart 75 
Saturday, Nov. 19
Richmond 83, Sacred Heart 51 
Illinois State 78, Lipscomb 70 
Sunday, Nov. 20
Rutgers 66, Hampton 52 
Tuesday, Nov. 22
Lipscomb 90, SIUE 87 
Sacred Heart 78, Hampton  71 
Illinois State 76, Rutgers 70 
Illinois  70, Richmond 61 
Wednesday, Nov. 23
Hampton  68, SIUE 64 
Lipscomb 79, Sacred Heart 77 
Richmond 58, Rutgers 53 
Illinois 63, Illinois State 59 

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