CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois led by one point with 17 seconds
remaining Saturday when Warren Carter marched down the court to the
free throw line after getting fouled under Michigan's basket.
"I knew as soon as I got fouled that I was going to make those
free throws," said Carter, who was shooting 63 percent from the
line this season.
Both shots swished and the Illini (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today; No. 7 AP) had all they
would need to hold off the Wolverines 79-74.
It was their 31st consecutive win at the Assembly Hall, a run
that started on Jan. 17, 2004, and ties the school record set
between Jan. 15, 1984 and Jan. 4, 1986.
Illinois (16-2, 2-1 Big Ten) had a 69-60 lead after Brown hit
his fourth straight 3-pointer with 7:04 to go, but Daniel Horton
brought the Wolverines back with an eight-point outburst of his own
that made it 69-68.
Dion Harris' two free throws completed a 10-0 run and gave
Michigan (11-3, 1-2) a 70-69 lead with 4:01 left, but Augustine put
the Illini ahead again with two free throws and a layup. Illinois
limited the Wolverines to just four points the rest of the way.
"We made plays at gut-check times," said coach Bruce Weber,
who is 79-10 in two-plus seasons at Illinois.
Horton scored 19 points to lead Michigan and Courtney Sims added
16 as the Wolverines lost to Illinois for the 11th consecutive time
going back to a 95-91 double-overtime win on Jan. 16, 2000.
"Obviously, one possession here or there was going to determine
the outcome for either team," Michigan coach Tommy Amaker said.
"We certainly need more production from a few of our other guys."
The Illini, playing their first game since the 63-48 loss at
Iowa a week ago, came out sluggish on offense again and watched the
Wolverines take a 16-12 lead after Sims backed Shaun Pruitt into
the lane and got a three-point play with 10:40 to go in the first
"I thought we had a great finish to the first half both
defensively and offensively," Weber said. "But they just kept
coming at us."
Michigan chipped away after halftime and cut its deficit to
50-45 on Lester Abram's long 3-pointer with 12:59 left. Then Brent
Petway, playing in place of Graham Brown who was on the bench in
foul trouble, scored six straight points that cut the Illinois lead
to 53-51 before Brown went on his 3-point shooting spree.
"We held our poise and found a way to win it," Weber said.