9:00 PM ET, January 10, 2012
State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois
Brandon Paul scores a career-high 43 to fuel Illinois' upset of Ohio State
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Brandon Paul awoke from a nap Tuesday to a text from Illinois coach Bruce Weber. The message was simple: It's your night.Weber couldn't have known how right he was.Paul scored a career-high 43 -- the third best scoring performance in Illinois basketball history -- to lead the Illini (15-3, 4-1) past the No. 5 Buckeyes 79-74.The most important of Paul's shots was an off-balance 3-pointer that, with 43 seconds left, gave Illinois a 74-70 lead that all but finished the Buckeyes.By then, the junior said, so many of his shots had fallen he couldn't help but laugh to himself.
O'Neil: Round of Applause for Paul
Brandon Paul's stunningly efficient 43-point night carried Illinois in its upset of No. 5 Ohio State, Dana O'Neil writes. Blog
Paul So Hard
Brandon Paul became the third player in the last 10 seasons to register 40 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in a game.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||31-66 (.470)||27-45 (.600)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-15 (.333)||11-18 (.611)|
|FT Made-Attempted||7-9 (.778)||14-17 (.824)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||15 (0/0)||10 (0/0)|