Illini Come From Behind to Stay Undefeated
Published on November 30 2013 11:37 am
Last Updated on November 30 2013 11:37 am
Written by Greg Sapp
Champaign, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Rayvonte Rice led all scorers with 17
points as the Illinois Fighting Illini came back to defeat the IUPU-Fort Wayne
Mastodons, 57-55, in a non-conference showdown at the State Farm Center.
Tracy Abrams added 15 points and four steals for Illinois (7-0), while Joseph
Bertrand chipped in 11 points.
For IPFW (6-3), both Luis Jacobo (15 points) and Mo Evans (11 points) had
strong showings off the bench. Pierre Bland and Steve Forbes netted 12 and 11
After IPFW outshot Illinois from the field in the first half, 53.6 percent to
40 percent, it went into the halftime locker room sporting a 35-27 lead.
Behind a 10-0 run early in the second stanza, the Illini took a 41-40 lead
with 13:31 left on a Rice layup. The teams went on the seesaw down the stretch
before an Abrams jumper with 2:02 remaining gave Illinois the lead for good.
Illinois had a poor night shooting from the foul line at 13-of-23, but its
effort was much better than IPFW's dreadful performance (2-of-13).