The Morning After: Bulls Cruise, 'Hawks Lose
By Marcus Gilmer in News on Jan 24, 2010 4:30PM
Bulls Topple Rockets
With Joakim Noah hurt, Brad Miller made the most of his start at center, scoring 25 points to lead the Bulls to a 104-97 victory over Houston. The Bulls have now won two straight road games, a great improvement for a team that's struggled mightily on the road all season. All five Bulls starters scored in double-figures including 20 from Derrick Rose and a 16-14 from Taj Gibson as the team shot over 50 percent from the floor for another night. The Bulls hope their trip to Texas continues on a winning note as they take on the Spurs tomorrow night (7:30 p.m., CSN).
Canucks Crush 'Hawks
The Blackhawks out-shot Vancouver 44-28 but the Canucks took advantage of Chicago's goaltender struggles for a 5-1 victory. Antti Niemi got his second-straight start in goal but found himself pulled after giving up three first period goals on 12 shots. Jonathan Toews scored the only Chicago goal early in the third period but Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo grabbed 43 saves in a spectacular effort, stymieing the Blackhawks offense. The 'Hakws are 3-2 on the current road trip but have given up 18 goals on the trip so far. They hope to right the ship Tuesday night in Edmonton (8:30 p.m., CSN).
- A late 15-2 run gave Northwestern their first victory, 73-68, over Illinois after 11 straight losses to the Illini.
- A weak first half from DePaul was all the difference as Notre Dame held off the Blue Demons 87-77.
- NIU held a late lead but Central Michigan rallied past the Huskies for an 81-75 win.
- Loyola struggled against Valparaiso , falling 86-67.
- No. 20 Butler had no problem crushing UIC 84-55.