In the game you heard last night here on the Big Z, The Alton Redbirds fell to the St. Mary's Dragons 75-67, in the Championship game of the Redbird Tip-Off Classic. 

In the Title game of the Metro East Turkey Tournament, The Marquette Explorers topped Metro East Lutheran Knights 55-39, defending their title and taking the Championship. It was the second time Marquette won back-to-back championships. Marquette also accomplished the feat in 2002 and 2003. The Knights and Explorers are set to face off again on Dec. 5 in Alton. Also at the Turkey Tournament Southwestern squeezed past Waterloo Gibault 54-52 for third place. Madison beat Valmeyer 65-60 for the 5th spot. Roxana won 63-60 against Marissa for 7th. Odin snuck past St. Louis College Prep 45-42 for 9th. Lebanon doubled up Christ Our Rock of Centralia 40-20 for 11th. Litchfield beat East Alton Wood River 27-24 for 13th and Gillespie won against Dupo 56-39 for 15th in the Metro East Turkey Tournament.

At the Stove Top Stuffing Classic yesterday Taylorville topped Granite City 75-62, and Civic Memorial got past host Triad, 58-51.

In college volleyball, The SIUE Cougars will be playing in the 32 team field for the National Invitational Volleyball Championships. The Cougars were one of 15 schools that received automatic berths to the NIVC. The complete field for the NIVC will be released tonight.

In the game you heard yesterday here on The Big Z, The Fighting Illini were dealt their 10th straight loss yesterday, falling to Northwestern 42-17 and ending their season 2-10 and winless in the Big 10 for the first time since 2012. Freshman Illini QB Cam Thomas became the third Illinois true freshman to start two games at quarterback in program history, scoring on a 23-yard run, his first career rushing touchdown and threw 14 out of 31 for 139 yards with 2 interceptions. Under the second season of NFL veteran Lovie Smith's leadership, the Illini finish with one less win than Smith's first season as head coach.

The St. Louis Blues got a big win over Division Rival the Minnesota Wild. Scoring a season high 3 goals on the power play, the Blues beat doubled up the Wild 6-3. With Tampa losing 5-2 to Pittsburgh yesterday, The Blues are now at the top of the league with 35 points. The night saw goals from Paul Stastny, Kyle Brodziak, and Dmitrij Jaskin, Jaden Schwartz netted 2 on the night and Left Wing Sammy Blais got his first career goal in his first game back after being sent down to the AHL more than a month ago. Next up for the Blues is a home game against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday at 8 o'clock.

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