Illinois cards another upset, wins at No. 18 Minnesota

Tyler Griffey capped a terrific week for Illinois with 16 points, and the Fighting Illini went 11 for 23 from 3-point range in a 57-53 win over No. 18 Minnesota on Sunday night. Three days after Griffey’s buzzer-beating layup gave Illinois (17-8, 4-7) a 74-72 victory over No. 1 Indiana, Tracy Abrams swished a step-back 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to stretch the lead over Minnesota to four.

D.J. Richardson had 13 points and Brandon Paul added 10 points for the Illini, who ended a 10-game losing streak on the road against ranked Big Ten teams. Their last such win was three years ago at Wisconsin.

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Tracy Abrams hits big-time late 3-pointer:

Trevor Mbakwe hammers home dunk:

D.J. Richardson beats first-half buzzer:

Nnanna Egwu elevates for two-hander:

FINAL: Illinois pulled out a second consecutive upset with a 57-53 victory over No. 18 Minnesota on Sunday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Illinois (17-8) went into the locker room with the momentum and came out of the second half flying as well. Tyler Griffey contributed 16 points, hauled in four rebounds, and made 4-of-7 three-pointers for the Illini, who won despite shooting 38 percent (18-of-48). The Illini were very good from distance, however, nailing 11-of-23 3-pointers – good for 48 percent. Other Illinois scorers in double figures included Brandon Paul (10 points) and D.J. Richardson (13 points). Trevor Mbakwe had a good game for Minnesota (17-7) in defeat with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

HALFTIME: Illinois trailed No. 18 Minnesota late in the first half before going on a 17-4 run to take a 31-30 lead into the break. D.J. Richardson gave the Illini their first lead with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, his third trey of the half. Richardson leads the Illini with nine points, while Brandon Paul and Tyler Griffey each chipped in with seven. Illinois made it rain from long range, shooting 50 percent (5-of-10) from three-point land. Minnesota had 10 offensive rebounds in the first half, leading to second-chance opportunities. Austin Hollins has a game-high 11 points to pace the Golden Gophers, who also got eight from Trevor Mbakwe.

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Brandon Clinard on 2/10/2013 @ 5:13pm EDT Said:

Wishing I knew someone on Fort Sam Houston so that I could watch the game! Go Illini!!!

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