Scores

Final

Illinois 63

(5-0, 0-0 away)

Illinois State 59

(3-2, 2-0 home)

    9:30 PM ET, November 23, 2011

    Moon Palace Resort, Cancun, Mexico

    1 2 T
    ILL 34 2963
    ILST 27 3259

    Top Performers

    Illinois: B. Paul 12 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Blk

    Illinois State: J. Ekey 14 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Blk

    Illinois 63, Illinois St. 59

    Associated Press

    CANCUN, Mexico -- Sam Maniscalco scored 14 points, including five in the final minute, and Illinois hung on to beat Illinois State 63-59 Wednesday night in the championship game of the Cancun Challenge's Riviera Division.

    Richardson scored 13 points and Brandon Paul added 12 for the Illini (5-0). Maniscalco's basket gave Illinois a 59-54 lead and his layup restored a five-point lead after a pair of Illinois State free throws.

    Jackie Carmichael had 17 points and Jon Ekey scored 14 for the Redbirds (3-2), who had a chance to win at the end, but Tyler Brown missed a long 3-pointer with a second remaining and the Redbirds trailing 61-59. Paul made two free throws for the final margin.

    Illinois is 8-0 all-time against Illinois State. The schools, whose campuses are only 50 miles apart, went nearly 3,000 miles to meet in Cancun.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ILL
    ILST
    Points 63 59
    FG Made-Attempted 21-51 (.412) 19-47 (.404)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-19 (.316) 9-18 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-17 (.882) 12-15 (.800)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 5

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