Illini Wonk
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
  Illini drop close contest to Hooisers
Illinois started and ended the game well, but an 18-0 first-half run by the Hooisers and a big second half from Marco Killingsworth were too much for the Illini to overcome. The Illini drop to 2-2 in the Big Ten conference standings with a 62-60 loss at Indiana.

Illinois scored the first eight points of the game and had a 19-9 lead before they gave up a 18-0 run and relenquished the lead for good. A late three-pointer from Dee Brown (his only basket of the game) brought the Illini to within four at the break.

Early in the second half, the Hooisers built on that lead until Illinois found themselves staring at a 55-40 defecit with 8:29 remaining. The Illini fought back with a 12-0 run of their own and had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but a shot from Augustine rimmed out. Indiana made three of four free throws down the stretch and a half-court shot from McBride at the buzzer came up empty.

After the game, Mark Tupper blogged: It’s not a bad loss. But it could have been a great win. He's right. The Illini could have won this game with a few plays made at the right time. For more game coverage, click here.
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