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DePaul Arena Contract Awarded

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority awarded Prairie District 3 Partners the contract to construct DePaul's new downtown basketball arena.

McPier CEO Jim Reilly told the Chicago Sun-Times that the current cost for the arena is at $164 million which is 17% above original estimates.

About $150 million is toward construction with another $14 million in "soft" expenses for things like attorney and consultant fees.

The arena will be used for multiple events including serving as the new home for DePaul University's men's basketball team.

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Brunson, Stevenson Beat Lyons 71-39

Villanova-bound Jalen Brunson scored 30 points to power #1-ranked Stevenson to an impressive 71-39 win over Lyons Township on Tuesday night at the Hinsdale-Lyons Thanksgiving Crossover Tournament.

Brunson, the Illinois Mr. Basketball frontrunner, added 5 assists. He was backed up by a double-double from Justin Smith, who scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Stevenson moved to 2-0 on the season. The win gave them 1st place in the Lyons Township Pool. They will face the 3rd place team from the Hinsdale Pool on Friday night ahead of potentially playing for the title on Saturday.

Jaquan Phipps and Harrison Niego each scored 9 points to lead Lyons Township (0-1).

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Video: Highlights UIC Beats St. Xavier

Here are highlights from UIC's 87-76 win over Saint Xavier

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Video: Cliff Alexander Dunk Vs. Rider

Cliff Alexander throws down an alley-oop against Rider.

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Video: Highlights Illini Beat Brown 89-68

Here are highlights from the Illini's 89-68 win over Brown.

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