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FINAL: No. 22 Illinois was able to carry momentum into the break and sustain it after, which allowed the Fighting Illini to secure a 75-62 over Georgia Tech on Wednesday at Assembly Hall in Champaign. Illinois (8-0) trailed 31-25 in the first, but went on a 19-6 run over the next 5:26 to take a seven-point lead. There were eight lead changes, as neither team could take control of the game.
Even in defeat, Kammeon Holsey came through for Georgia Tech (4-2) with 14 points, four rebounds, and 5-of-6 shooting from the field. Brandon Paul sparked the Fighting Illini, as he scored 15 points, hauled in seven rebounds, and contributed seven assists in the victory. Tyler Griffey had a quality shooting game, nailing 5-of-7 shots from the field and scoring 14 points. Illinois hit 47 percent of its field goals (27-of-57).
The Fighting Illini were hot from long range, hitting 14-of-28 threes for a 50 percent night from beyond the arc. Illinois also got double-digit performances from D.J. Richardson, who scored 14 and Joseph Bertrand, who scored 15. The Yellow Jackets were on fire from beyond the arc during the game, shooting 38 percent (8-of-21). Georgia Tech also got double-digit efforts from Mfon Udofia and Jason Morris, who each scored 10.
HALFTIME: It is still anyone’s game as No. 22 Illinois and Georgia Tech have passed the lead to each other six times already in the first half. At the moment the Fighting Illini are on top 36-35. Trailing 31-25, Illinois used an 8-0 run to blow past the Yellow Jackets and take a two-point lead. The Fighting Illini shot 7-of-15 from beyond the arc in the first half (47 percent). Eight Illinois players scored in the half. Georgia Tech made it rain from long range, shooting 45 percent (5-of-11) from three-point land. The Yellow Jackets moved the ball in the first half, accounting for nine assists on 12 field goals. Brandon Paul is putting together a nice game so far for Illinois. The senior has 10 points, three rebounds, and four assists. Robert Carter led the way for Georgia Tech in the first half, with seven points and five rebounds.
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