Cousin puts ISU on his back (Basketball)

January 21, 2011

Anthony Cousins

In the doghouse most of the game, Illinois State University starting guard Anthony Cousin of Anchorage got out of trouble by stepping up his play at crunch time.

He also nearly dug the Redbirds out of a 21-point fourth-quarter hole in the process.

Down 62-41 with 10 minutes left, Illinois State crawled as close as five points in the closing minutes before succumbing 76-68 to Drake University in recent MVC action.

Cousin, of South High fame, scored nine straight points for his team in the game’s final four minutes, getting the Redbirds within 72-65 with 2:32 remaining. He played only 12 minutes on the night, benched after contributing the big deficit.

The 5-foot-11 sophomore is averaging 6.8 points in 19 games. He has scored 9 or more points seven times highlighted by a season-high 23 against Missouri State.