NCAA Game Summary - IUPU-Fort Wayne at Illinois
(Friday, November 29)
Final Score: Illinois 57. IUPU-Fort Wayne 55
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 points, respectively.
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).
11/29 22:36:30 ET