Demetri McCamey shoots over Marcus Landry, right, during the first half.
Jan. 24, 2009
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Demetri McCamey scored 25 points and No. 25 Illinois used a big second-half run to beat Wisconsin 64-57 on Saturday.
Illinois entered the game with the league's toughest scoring defense, allowing 56.6 points per game. The Illini held Wisconsin to just 35.6 percent shooting in this one, sending the Badgers (12-7, 3-4) to their fourth straight loss.
Sophomore forward Mike Davis added 10 points for the Illini (17-3, 5-2 Big Ten), whose 13-5 run to open the second half resulted in a 15-point lead.
The run started with a 3-pointer by McCamey and ended with four straight points from the line--two as a result of a foul by Joe Krabbenhoft and two more following a technical foul on Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan for complaining about an official's call.
Those free throws with 14:12 left pushed Illinois' lead to 45-30.
Krabbenhoft led Wisconsin with 16 points before fouling out in the closing seconds. Marcus Landry and Trevon Hughes added 13 points each.
Late in the second half, Wisconsin closed the gap to seven twice and to six with 52 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Krabbenhoft. But McCamey almost single-handedly held off the Badgers, scoring eight straight points down the stretch.
As much as anything, the Illini's tenacious, team-first defense was the difference between this and the last five meetings between the teams.
Krabbenhoft has terrorized the Illini in the past, and with the game tied 11-11 early in the first half, the 6-7 senior found himself with the ball in an unenviable situation for Illinois: back to the basket, 6 feet out with 6-5 reserve guard Calvin Brock to beat.
Krabbenhoft faked to his right, then turned left, but found a face full of Brock's arms and hands and no room to shoot--a story that unfolded all game for the Badgers.
Wisconsin was just 21-of-59 from the field, and just 9-of-27 in the first half. The Badgers never led the game after the first 5 minutes.
Illinois took the lead for good with a 13-2 run during which Wisconsin was 1-of-7 from the field and turned the ball over three times.