Men's Basketball
Illinois Builds Early Lead to Beat Auburn 81-62

Tracy Abrams scored a season-high 17 points in Sunday's win.
Tracy Abrams scored a season-high 17 points in Sunday's win.

Dec. 8, 2013

Highlights | Photos | Box Score

Illinois 41 40 81
Auburn 17 45 62
Illini Top Performers
Rayvonte Rice 22 pts, 8/11 FG, 5 rebs
Tracy Abrams 17 pts, 6 rebs, 5 assists
Jon Ekey 12 pts, 4/6 3-pt FG
Game Stats
Aub Illinois
FG Percentage 40% 62%
3-point Percentage 32% 52%
FT Percentage 78% 100%
Def. Rebounds 14 22
Off. Rebounds 12 5
Assists 14 19
Steals 4 6
Turnovers 13 14
Blocks 1 1
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Illinois vs Dartmouth
Tuesday, Dec. 10    7 pm CT
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ATLANTA (AP) - Rayvonte Rice scored 22 points Sunday, when he and Illinois shot at a torrid pace on the way to routing Auburn 81-62 in Philips Arena.

This was considered a "home" game for Auburn, which last year played Illinois in Chicago's United Center as a visiting team.

The Illini (8-1) made a season-high 12 3-pointers on 23 attempts (52.2 percent) and shot 61.5 percent from the field (32 of 52). Illinois also held the SEC's leading scorer, Auburn's Chris Denson to eight points. He entered the game averaging 21.8, but made just three of seven shots Sunday.

Tracy Abrams added a season-high 17 points for Illinois, and Jon Ekey poured in 14 while making 4 of 6 from beyond the arc.

Auburn (4-3) was led by KT Harrell's 23 points, and freshman Tahj Shamsid-Deen added 13 in a return to his hometown.

Abrams was in the middle of just about everything that Illinois did on the way to a 41-17 halftime lead. He hit 3-of-5 3-pointers -- including one at the buzzer -- and scored 11 points while grabbing four rebounds with two assists and a pair of steals.

The Illini defense was stifling as well, limiting the Tigers to just 26 percent shooting over the first 20 minutes. Auburn missed all four of its trey tries and Denson was held to four points.

Illinois scored the final 11 points of the first half.

The Illini's previous high for 3-pointers made was 10, against Bradley, in an 81-55 win on Nov. 17.

Next up: Illinois returns to State Farm Center on Tuesday to face Dartmouth at 7 p.m. CT. Buy tickets online.