BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Deron Williams scored all 12 of his
points in the second half and Nick Smith hit two long jumpers late
in the game, helping Illinois rally for a 51-49 victory Tuesday
The Illini (14-5, 5-3 Big Ten) entered the game as the Big Ten's
highest-scoring team but hardly resembled it against the Hoosiers.
Illinois shot just 39 percent from the field and was just 2-of-16
from 3-point range. Roger Powell led the Illini with 15 points.
Indiana still had two chances to win in the final seconds, but
Bracey Wright's first 3-pointer was blocked and his heave from near
midcourt was off the mark.
The Illini overcame a 20-point first half, which tied their
worst total of the season, and won despite tying a season-low for
points. Illinois scored 20 points in the first half Jan. 10 against
Purdue and had 51 points in a loss to Providence on Dec. 9.
Illinois missed two free throws in the final 24 seconds that
would have sealed the win, and Indiana blew a 46-38 lead it had
with 9:26 to go.
Williams' burst to open the second half and an Indiana scoring
drought of nearly five minutes kept Illinois close.
Smith took care of the rest. His 19-footer with 3:28 left gave
Illinois its first lead, 49-48, and after Indiana's Sean Kline tied
the score by making 1-of-2 free throws, Smith answered with a
17-footer with 2:41 to go. Neither team scored again.