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College report: Streamwood’s Marcus Lewis thriving at EKU

Streamwood High School graduate Marcus Lewis has found home DivisiI Eastern Kentucky. | PHOTO COURTESY ~ Cary Fry

Streamwood High School graduate Marcus Lewis has found a home at Division I Eastern Kentucky. | PHOTO COURTESY ~ Cary Fry

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Updated: February 8, 2013 6:07AM

Streamwood graduate Marcus Lewis is playing as much as any Eastern Kentucky University starter.

And the former South Suburban College player, now an EKU junior, is producing. In the last two games before Christmas, his shooting percentage was better than 60 percent in both games and in the first 12 games of the season, the guard was hitting 47.5 percent of his shots.

“Marcus has made great improvements over the last couple of months,” said Jeff Neubauer, EKU head coach. “His athleticism allows him to compete at this level. The adjustment to NCAA Division I basketball is challenging and I expect Marcus to be even better next season.”

In EKU’s 78-67 loss to North Carolina A&T State, Lewis bucketed 14 points by hitting 6-of-10 field goals and 2-of-3 free throws. He also had four steals and three rebounds in his 30 minutes of play.

After the road loss, the Colonels got back on the winning track, beating High Point 73-70. Lewis, who played 29 minutes after emerging off the bench, finished with seven points, three rebounds and three steals. The game against High Point was also played on the road.

For the year, Lewis, who had played in all 12 games, had 71 points and 34 rebounds. Besides his respective averages of 5.9 points and 2.8 rebounds, he also had 19 steals, 13 assists and three blocked shots. He has scored his points by nailing 28-of-59 field goals and 13-of-20 free throws. He has two treys. Lewis averages 20.3 minutes per game.

Jeff Beck (Dundee-Crown), a Lake Forest College senior, currently leads LFC in points (141), points per game (17.6) and assists (38). Beck, who has started all eight games and averaged 32.6 minutes per game, also has 42 rebounds, an average of 5.3 per game, and 12 steals. He has hit 53-of-124 field goals and 19-of-26 from the charity stripe. Beck has hit 16-of-39 from beyond the arc.

Wisconsin-Whitewater defeated Kalamazoo 101-45 in their first game of the Hope College Tournament. They lost a 63-52 decision to Hope for the tournament title. In the win, UWW senior center Cortney Kumerow (South Elgin) poured in 16 points, hitting 6-of-7 from the field and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. The starter also had five rebounds in her six minutes of play.

Fellow UWW player Lisa Palmer (Bartlett) finished with four points and four rebounds. She started and played 15 minutes. In the title game of the tournament, Kumerow had eight points and 10 rebounds. Palmer finished with five rebounds.

Southern Indiana senior Austin Andrekus (St. Charles North) recently finished his soccer season. The midfielder, who played in 18 games and started 17, finished with five goals and six assists for a total of 16 points. Of his goals, two were game-winning goals. He was first on the team in assists and second in both goals and points. Southern Indiana finished 11-7 overall and 9-5 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Washington and Lee University split its pair of games at the Daytona Beach Shootout, which was held in Daytona Beach, Fla. They lost to Bates College (66-61), but defeated Marymount University (70-57). In the loss, Larry Whitaker (Bartlett) finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. He hit 2-of-5 field goals and 9-of-9 free throws. In the win over Marymount, he finished with six points, six rebounds, three steals and three assists.

Maria Tamburrino (Jacobs) was in double figures in both of their games during a California road trip. Her college team, Roosevelt University, won both games. In the 89-82 win over San Diego Christian College, Tamburrino finished with 12 points, hitting 4-of-5 from the field and 2-of-2 from the stripe. She hit two treys. The junior also had three assists and two rebounds. In the 66-48 triumph over California State University-San Marcos, Tamburrino finished with 11 points, eight boards and four steals.

Bradley got 12 points from 5-foot-11 senior guard Katie Yohn (St. Edward) but it was not enough to overcome Western Illinois, which won a 92-81 decision. Yohn, who started at guard and played 26 minutes, hit four field goals and four free throws. She also had seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots. In Bradley’s 66-52 triumph over Illinois-Chicago, Yohn had 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. The starting guard played 27 minutes. Bradley is 6-5.

The Illinois Wesleyan women’s basketball team opened the Wartburg College Holiday Tournament with an 87-59 win over Concordia University-Chicago. IWU junior guard Lexi Baltes (St. Charles East) started and played 28 minutes. She finished with six points, 10 assists, six rebounds and three steals.

North Dakota State won its 10th game of the year, against three defeats, as they downed Morehead State University 69-49. Kory Brown (Elgin), a 6-4 freshman guard for NDSU, had four points and two rebounds. He started and played 18 minutes.

Illinois State freshman Allie Virgilio (Jacobs) got her first taste of college track in the Redbird Open Indoor Invitational. Virgilio competed in the triple jump (10.84 meters) and long jump (4.94 meters). She took third and fourth respectively.

Angelo Catalano (St. Charles North) and Jared Casey (St. Charles North) helped the Illinois Wesleyan University Titans post an 11-6 mark this year. They were 4-3 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. Catalano, who played in 17 games and made 14 starts, had two goals and two assists for a total of six points. Casey played in six games, but did not have any stats.

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