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Illini make it 13 in a row with win over Redhawks

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Dee Brown scored 16 points, including a
buzzer-beating 3-pointer at halftime, to lead No. 6 Illinois to its
13th straight victory, 89-64 over Southeast Missouri State on
Wednesday night.

After Roy Booker hit a pair of free throws with two seconds
left, Brown took the inbounds pass and streaked to midcourt and let
fly from about 40 feet away. The ball slid through the hoop to
extend Illinois' lead to 38-29 after Southeast Missouri had fought
back from an early 15-point deficit.

Brown also made two diving saves that led directly to baskets
for the Illini (13-0). Early in the game, he dove into the
defensive corner and scooped the ball back to Warren Carter who got
it back to Brown. Brown then sent a pass to Jamar Smith, who hit a
3-pointer.

In the second half, Brown dove over the midcourt line and into
the courtside seats to save a ball. He got it to Smith who found
Rich McBride for another 3 that gave the Illini a 16-point lead.

Southeast Missouri (4-7) made a game of things in the first
half, trimming Illinois' 15-point lead to three when Ketschner
Guerrier hit a jumper to cap off a 19-7 run and bring the Redhawks
to within 27-24 with 3:52 to go.

But Jamar Smith's 3-pointer stopped the outburst and the Illini
stretched their lead to 38-29 when Brown scored the final five
points of the half, the last three on the buzzer-beater.

Smith and Carter came off the bench to score 14 points each, and
James Augustine added 12 for Illinois. Smith was 4-for-4 from
3-point range and Carter grabbed seven rebounds to help the Illini
to a 48-24 edge on the boards.

Southeast Missouri missed 11 of its first 13 shots and trailed
20-5 with 11:42 to go in the first half before the Illini started
missing. The Redhawks rolled off 11 straight points, seven from Roy
Booker, to start the 19-7 run.

Booker finished with a game-high 26 points. Andrais Thornton and
Eric Burtin scored 10 points each.