Indiana falls at Illinois, 83-80

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois guard Rayvonte Rice scored 29 points including two game-clinching free throws with two seconds to go in overtime to give Illinois an 83-80 win over Indiana in front of 16,618 at the State Farm Center.

The Hoosiers had an opportunity to win the game on the final possession of regulation, but senior guard Evan Gordon missed a baseline jumper to send it in to overtime. Illinois took a 77-75 lead on a jumper by Tracy Abrams with 1:43 left, which gave Illinois the lead for good. After a missed driving jumper by IU freshman guard Stanford Robinson, Illinois made it a three-point lead with a free throw by swingman Joseph Bertrand. He missed the second free throw and IU freshman forward Noah Vonleh got the rebound, but immediately turned the ball over. Rice missed two free throws and IU’s Will Sheehey and Illinois’s Nnanna Egwu traded free throws. After a missed jumper by IU’s Yogi Ferrell, Abrams drew a foul and hit a free throw to make it 81-77. Ferrell hit a fallaway three-pointer to make it 81-80 with 3.1 seconds to go, but Rice’s free throws sealed it.

Ferrell finished with 30 points to lead IU. Vonleh had 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Evan Gordon had 10 points.

Abrams had 17 points for Illinois and Joseph Bertrand had 13.


  1. I was pleasantly surprised at how well IU played a physical Big 10 game today. I think they are going to be a little more physical than some of us thought. I enjoyed watching the game today, even though I would have rather seen a different outcome.

  2. I missed the game today, but read the live discussion play trail. I have to say, I expected a much bigger loss to Illinois given recent games. I hope they can clean-up the turnovers, gain a bit of confidence on offense, and ignore the negativity.

  3. Overall I was impressed with these freshman. Historically Illinois has been a tough win for us. .500 overall in the series now. The Illini radio announcers were impressed with our physicality and rebounding ability. On to the next game. Happy New Year Scoop Crew!


  4. Im a Coach Crean supporter BUT Ill give him 2 years to make THIS team a cohesive unit. 24 turnovers WAY TOO many.There is a reason the game is called: BASKETBALL;its because the round object is of the MOST importance in the game!! Your “team” handles the basketball like was worth a “dime a dozen” 3 consecutive out of bounds plays went for turnovers.Lack of execution,turnovers,strengthening fundamentals…ALL fall on YOU CTC and your staff…and I dont see ANY improvement from start of the year

  5. I expected this team to improve over time and with 14 games under their belt, the turnovers should be THE area of focus for improvement. As with the Illinois game, we can see this part of the game has not improved at all. If this continues, as it appears it will, we will be in the bottom half of the Big Ten standings for sure. In the future, I would like Tom to have a little more meat in the pre-conference schedule.I did like their aggressiveness on the boards! That was fun to watch, but it pains me to watch them when they turn it over that many times. Love the Hoosiers, but can’t stand the sloppy play. Please make this a #1 priority in 2014! Go Hoosiers!!!!

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