SE Missouri St 64

(4-7, 1-4 OVC)

(6) Illinois 89

(13-0, 11-0 home)

    8:00 PM ET, December 28, 2005

    State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois

    1 2 T
    SEMO 29 3564
    #6ILL 38 5189

    Top Performers

    SE Missouri St: R. Booker 26 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast

    Illinois: J. Augustine 12 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Blk

    Illini make it 13 in a row with win over Redhawks

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Dee Brown scored 16 points, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at halftime, to lead No. 6 Illinois to its 13th straight victory, 89-64 over Southeast Missouri State on Wednesday night.

    After Roy Booker hit a pair of free throws with two seconds left, Brown took the inbounds pass and streaked to midcourt and let fly from about 40 feet away. The ball slid through the hoop to extend Illinois' lead to 38-29 after Southeast Missouri had fought back from an early 15-point deficit.

    Brown also made two diving saves that led directly to baskets for the Illini (13-0). Early in the game, he dove into the defensive corner and scooped the ball back to Warren Carter who got it back to Brown. Brown then sent a pass to Jamar Smith, who hit a 3-pointer.

    In the second half, Brown dove over the midcourt line and into the courtside seats to save a ball. He got it to Smith who found Rich McBride for another 3 that gave the Illini a 16-point lead.

    Southeast Missouri (4-7) made a game of things in the first half, trimming Illinois' 15-point lead to three when Ketschner Guerrier hit a jumper to cap off a 19-7 run and bring the Redhawks to within 27-24 with 3:52 to go.

    But Jamar Smith's 3-pointer stopped the outburst and the Illini stretched their lead to 38-29 when Brown scored the final five points of the half, the last three on the buzzer-beater.

    Smith and Carter came off the bench to score 14 points each, and James Augustine added 12 for Illinois. Smith was 4-for-4 from 3-point range and Carter grabbed seven rebounds to help the Illini to a 48-24 edge on the boards.

    Southeast Missouri missed 11 of its first 13 shots and trailed 20-5 with 11:42 to go in the first half before the Illini started missing. The Redhawks rolled off 11 straight points, seven from Roy Booker, to start the 19-7 run.

    Booker finished with a game-high 26 points. Andrais Thornton and Eric Burtin scored 10 points each.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 64 89
    FG Made-Attempted 24-62 (.387) 36-71 (.507)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-26 (.269) 9-18 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-11 (.818) 8-12 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 26

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