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    Team Effort Pushes Illini into Second in the Desert
    Charlie Danielson shot a team-best 68 to buoy the Illini into second place at the Desert Shootout.

    Charlie Danielson shot a team-best 68 to buoy the Illini into second place at the Desert Shootout.

    March 22, 2013

    Team Scores | Individual Scores

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Freshman Charlie Danielson shot a team-best 3-under-par 68 and all four scores that Illinois counted were even-par or better on Friday, lifting the Illini into second place after two rounds at the Desert Shootout. The Orange and Blue carded a 6-under-par 278 to put them at 8-under for the tournament, one shot behind BYU's 9-under 559 at the par-71, 7,015-yard Palm Valley Golf Course.

    Junior Thomas Pieters stands tied for second overall at -8, two shots back of individual leader Hunter Sparks (Wichita State), who is -10 after 36 holes. Senior Mason Jacobs is tied for 13th at -1 through 36 holes. The tournament's final round will go off with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. CT on Saturday.

    "We were scuffling a little bit, then we made some good adjustments in the last six holes and went 6-under from there to get back into contention," Illinois head coach Mike Small said. "It was a total team effort. Charlie came back today strong with a 68, Thomas birdied three of his last five and the other guys made a lot of shots, too. I think we played from the rough a little bit too much today, but if we get our lines on our drivers a little better tomorrow, we can have a chance to win."

    The Illini were much more solid than in the tournament's first round, as four players shot par or better in the round. In addition to Danielson's 68, Pieters shot a 69, sophomore Brian Campbell added a 1-under-par 70 and Jacobs carded an even-par 70 for a 278 on the day, the best score by any of the 16 teams in the field.

    Freshmen Thomas Detry and David Kim each shot 1-over-par 72s on the day, to leave Detry tied for 21st at even-par for the tournament and Kim tied for 51st at +4.

    Team Standings
    1.	BYU			275-284=559 (-9)
    2.	Illinois		282-278=560 (-8)
    3.	Baylor			283-280=563 (-5)
    4.	Tulsa			274-290=564 (-4)
    	Wichita State		283-281=564 (-4)
    6.	Denver			280-285=565 (-3)
    7.	Colorado State		280-286=566 (-2)
    8.	Nebraska		285-282=567 (-1)
    9.	Idaho			282-287=569 (+1)
    10.	Air Force		286-287=573 (+5)
    11.	Kansas			291-283=574 (+6)
    	Southern Utah		280-294=574 (+6)
    13.	New Mexico State	286-290=576 (+8)
    14.	Kansas State		288-294=582 (+14)
    15.	Boise State		286-297=583 (+15)
    16.	Wyoming			293-297=590 (+22)
    
    Illinois Individual Results
    T-2.	Thomas Pieters		65-69=134 (-8)
    T-13.	Mason Jacobs		70-71=141 (-1)
    T-21.	Brian Campbell		72-70=142 (E)
    T-32.	Charlie Danielson	75-68=143 (+1)
    T-76.	Alex Burge		75-75=150 (+8)
    

    T-21. Thomas Detry 70-72=142 (E)* T-51. David Kim 74-72=146 (+4)*

    *Competing as an individual and does not count toward Illinois' team score.

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