Chicago State Preview

High scoring Chicago State comes to town off a 112-83 win against St. Xavier. The Cougars are led by the program's all-time leading scorer, David Holston.

When: Monday November 16, 2008

Where: Bradley Center

TV/Radio: TW Sports 32, ESPN Full Court,, 540 ESPN Milwaukee

Last Meeting: Marquette won 102-49 on Nov. 18, 2001

This game is the first of four in the Chicago Invitational. Marquette takes on Texas Southern in Milwaukee next Tuesday before heading to Hoffman Estates, Ill. to face Northern Iowa and Dayton.

Chicago State returns their top four scorers from a year ago, including David Holston, who is the second leading scorer in the nation among returning players.


Holston is no doubt the leader of this team. He averaged 23.1 points, 5.1 assists, and 2.1 steals per game last season while shooting over 40 percent from three-point range. Don't let his 5'8" stature fool you – Holton can score. In the Cougar's opener he notched 32 points, with 27 of them coming off three-pointers, while also chipping in seven assists, and five steals. He is ultra quick as this highlight clip can attest.

Mike Wilson is a 6'1" guard who started 17 of 27 games last season. He seems to be a glue guy that does a little bit of everything – Chicago State's opening win over St. Xavier, he took just four shots but tallied four points, two rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 15 minutes of action.

John Cantrell rounds out the trio of guards in the Cougars' lineup. Chicago State's second scoring option behind Holston, the 6'2" Cantrell averaged 15.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game a season ago. In the opener, he tallied 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting.

Tawrence Walton is a 6'6" forward with the ability to play inside and out. He started 10 of 27 games last season and finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds in the opener.

Carl Montgomery had a perfect night from the field and the free throw line against St. Xavier, going 8-of-8 and 7-7, respectively. The 6'7" sophomore finished the night with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

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