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    No. 16 Arizona Rallies To Top Illinois, 84-72
    Illinois' Warren Carter (41) scores two of his game-high 24 points during the second half. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

    Illinois' Warren Carter (41) scores two of his game-high 24 points during the second half. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

    Dec. 2, 2006

    Final Stats

    PHOENIX (AP) -Chase Budinger scored 22 points and No. 16 Arizona rallied from a 16-point deficit to defeat Illinois 84-72 Saturday.

    Marcus Williams added 20 points for the Wildcats (5-1), who have won five straight since a season-opening loss at Virginia. All five starters scored in double figures, combining to score all of the Wildcats' points.

    Warren Carter scored 24 points and Shaun Pruitt and Chester Frazier each added 11 for the Fighting Illini (7-2), who have lost two straight games, both to ranked opponents.

    The game was a reversal of the schools' thrilling 2005 Chicago Region final in the NCAA tournament, in which Arizona blew a big lead in "neutral" Rosemont, Ill. This time, the Illini jumped ahead 35-19 midway through the first half, then withered in the face of the Wildcats' explosive offense, which ignited a pro-Arizona crowd in U.S. Airways Center, 90 miles from Arizona's Tucson campus.

    Arizona went on a 12-0 run early in the second half to take its first lead since the opening minutes, 52-51. The Wildcats didn't trail again.

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