April 18, 2024

CHAMPAIGN — Terrence Shannon Jr. made six free throws as a part of a closing 8-0 run to assist No. 10 Illinois survive a scare from Indiana with a 70-62 victory Saturday.

Indiana tied the sport at 62 with 1 minute, 29 seconds left on a basket by Mackenzie Mgbako, however Illinois held the Hoosiers scoreless to drag out the victory.

Marcus Domask led Illinois (15-5, 6-3 Huge Ten) with 16 factors and 10 rebounds. Luke Goode and Coleman Hawkins every had 11 factors.

Malik Reneau, who scored 21 factors for Indiana (12-8, 4-5), fouled out with 3:02 left. Xavier Johnson had 14 factors and Mgbako had 12 factors.

“We went from an eye-pleasing (time beyond regulation) loss (Wednesday) to Northwestern, at the least for followers, to a really, very ugly win,” Illinois coach Brad Underwood mentioned. “However you need to win these type of video games. You need to discover a manner and we did.”

The loss was Indiana’s third straight throughout a tricky stretch of video games in opposition to No. 2 Purdue, then-No. 11 Wisconsin and Illinois.

Indiana performed with out 7-foot middle Ke’el Ware, the workforce’s second-leading scorer and prime rebounder, who missed his second straight recreation with an ankle damage suffered in observe. The Hoosiers didn’t assist themselves with Ware sidelined, going 0 of 9 on 3-pointers. It was the primary time the Hoosiers didn’t make a 3 in a recreation in practically 13 years.

“Aside from not making any 3s and lacking free throws, I assumed we performed a strong recreation,” Indiana coach Mike Woodson mentioned.

The Hoosiers have been 12-for-22 from the free-throw line.

In his third recreation again after lacking six due to a university-imposed suspension, Shannon scored 12 factors however was simply 2-for-12 capturing general and 0-for-4 from 3-point vary. He did hit 8 of his 10 free-throw makes an attempt — together with the ultimate six — and added six rebounds.

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Shannon is going through a rape cost in Kansas, however he was granted a preliminary injunction by a federal choose on Jan. 19 that pressured Illinois to reinstate him to the workforce.

Illinois is in third place within the Huge Ten, trailing Wisconsin (8-1) and Purdue (7-2).

Indiana: The Hoosiers have been off for seven days following a Jan. 19 loss to Wisconsin. They couldn’t reap the benefits of an Illinois workforce that had simply two days off after its final recreation.

Illinois: All eyes have been on Shannon as soon as once more. He performed simply eight minutes within the first half due to foul bother, however got here via within the clutch together with his late free throws. He had 16 factors and 4 assists in opposition to Rutgers and 12 factors in opposition to Northwestern in his first two post-suspension video games.

It was a recreation of ups and downs for Johnson, one in every of Indiana’s captains. The injury-plagued level guard scored in double figures however went 2-for-7 from the free-throw line and was slapped with a technical foul on the finish of the primary half for tossing the ball at Hawkins after making a layup. Johnson suffered a damaged foot final season and performed simply 11 video games, and he missed seven video games this season with one other foot damage.

Indiana hosts Iowa on Tuesday.

Illinois visits Ohio State on Tuesday.