Men's Basketball
Illini Rally to Surge Past Kent State in Overtime, 69-63

Mike Tisdale forced overtime and scored the first six of the extra period.
Mike Tisdale forced overtime and scored the first six of the extra period.

Nov. 28, 2008

Box Score

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Mike Tisdale hit two free throws to force overtime then scored the first six points of the extra period as Illinois came back to beat Kent State 69-63 Friday night at the South Padre Island Invitational.

Tisdale finished with 20 points for Illinois (5-0), which fell behind in the second half but closed regulation with an 11-6 run and tied the score at 60. Mike Davis added 17 for Illinois, including the final three free throws in OT.

Al Fisher led Kent State (3-1) with 18 points, and Chris Singletary added 15.

Illinois outrebounded Kent State 40-30, led by Davis' 13.

Notes from Illinois-Kent State
• With the victory over Kent State, Illinois moves into Saturday's championship game of the South Padre Island Invitational vs. Tulsa. Illinois is now 7-0 all-time in the SPI Invite.

• Illinois has now won five straight games to open the season. It is the Illini's longest winning streak since winning five in a row in December 2006 (first win - IUPUI on Dec. 6, fifth win - Idaho State on Dec. 21).

• Illinois has now won eight of its last nine games dating back to the end of last season.

• Illinois has now won its last two overtime games and is 7-3 all-time in OT under Weber.

• The Illini improve to 29-3 in November games under Weber. Saturday vs. Tulsa, Illinois will try for its fourth undefeated November in Weber's six seasons. Illinois went 3-0 in November 2003, 4-0 in November 2004 and 6-0 in November 2005.

• Illinois continues to rack up assists at an amazing rate. Illinois recorded 23 assists on 25 baskets vs. Kent State, topping 20 assists for the third time in five games on the year. The Illini are now averaging 20.4 assists per game and have registered assists on 77.9 percent of their baskets (102 assists on 131 field goals) on the season.

• Illinois outrebounded Kent State 40-30. Illinois has now outrebounded four of five opponents and has posted 40 or more rebounds in all but one game. Illinois is averaging 38.0 rebounds per game and owns a rebounding margin of +6.4 rpg on the season.

• With Kent State managing just 41.4 percent from the field, Illinois has now held all five opponents to less than 45 percent shooting this season.

Mike Davis posted his third double-double of the year against Kent State, finishing with 17 points and a game-high 13 rebounds in a career-high 38 minutes. He is now averaging a double-double on the year, leading the Illini in both scoring (14.8 ppg) and rebounding (10.0 rpg). Davis has now scored in double figures in four straight games and has reached double digits in rebounds three times this season.

Mike Tisdale erupted for a career-high 20 points vs. Kent State, shooting 7-of-12 from the floor to go along with six free throws. Tisdale also tied his career high in rebounds against Kent State with seven boards while playing a career-long 35 minutes.

• Tisdale and Davis combined for 37 points and 20 rebounds, accounting for 53.6 percent of Illinois' scoring and 50 percent of its rebounding. They also accounted for Illinois' final 15 points of the game (Tisdale 10, Davis 5).

• Tisdale is the third Illini player to post a 20-point game this season, joining Demetri McCamey and Davis (twice). The Illini have now had three different players record 20 or more points over the last three games (McCamey - 23 at Vanderbilt, Davis - 20 vs. Jackson State, and Tisdale - 20 vs. Kent State). That is the longest streak since the 2005 NCAA Tournament, when all five Illini starters had a 20-point performance over a 4-game stretch (James Augustine - 23 vs. Nevada, Dee Brown and Deron Williams - 21 each vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Luther Head - 20 vs. Arizona and Deron Williams - 22 vs. Arizona, and Roger Powell and Luther Head - 20 each vs. Louisville).

Chester Frazier had another outstanding stat line. Despite playing with a deep thigh bruise, Frazier logged 42 minutes and tied his season-high with eight assists while only committing one turnover. Frazier now has 34 assists compared to just six turnovers on the year in nearly 32 minutes per game, good for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 5.7.