Dec 3, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini head coach John Grose reacts from the sidelines in the second half against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Hank McCamish Pavilion. Georgia Tech won 67-64. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Today In St Louis: Illini Chokes In Atlanta


Here are the newsmakers in St Louis for December 4th, 2013.

Illinois chokes away a win against Georgia Tech. 

The Fighting Illini had a 60-48 lead against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets but only mustered 4 points after that to lose 67-64. Here is a recap from Writing Illni:

The Fighting Illini’s propensity to play with fire finally burned them tonight as Georgia Tech charged back from a 60-48 deficit to defeat Illinois 67-64 at the McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, GA. This was Illinois’ first loss of the season. They are now 7-1, and this was their first loss in the Big Ten / ACC Challenge in the past 5 years.

Illinois wasted an explosive performance by Rayvonte Rice who led all scorers with 24 points. He added 2 steals, 2 blocks, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds. Clearly, Rice came to play tonight in Atlanta.

Unfortunately for Illinois, so did a pair of Yellow Jackets.

Robert Carter, Jr finished with 21 points and 9 rebounds, and Marcus Georges-Hunt finished with 20 points. The two combined to shoot 13-23 from the field, and both hit big shots down the stretch to will the Ramblin’ Wreck back into this game and ultimately to victory.

Georgia Tech finished the game on a 19-4 run over the final 9:14 as John Groce tried everything he could to stop the bleeding, but in the end he was stuck staring off into the distance trying to come to grips with what had just taken place. Groce was visibly angered by the lack of execution on the offensive end down the stretch and it’s probably safe to say he will address what took place immediately.

Vote On Cardinals’ purchase of Memphis Redbirds Delayed

The Memphis City Council vote on the purchase of the Memphis Redbirds has been delayed. Here is an excerpt on Derrick Goold’s piece on STLToday.com:

The Cardinals’ ongoing attempt to buy their Class AAA affiliate Memphis and secure what could become a 27-year commitment to the city was delayed Tuesday when the City Council postponed a vote on a proposed agreement between the city, the Cardinals, and the Memphis Redbirds Foundation.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak attended the lengthy council meeting in Memphis on Tuesday night, but the council tabled the vote until next week in order to evaluate the proposed deal.

The agreement calls for the city to purchase AutoZone Park and then lease it to the Cardinals for $300,000 per year over a 17-year lease that has two options totaling an additional 10 years. The Cardinals would pay $15 million to purchase the Class AAA franchise, Mozeliak confirmed at the meeting. They would also fund improvements to AutoZone Park.

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