Illinois vs Auburn

Illinois builds early lead to beat Auburn 81-62


  •  

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.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Scoreboard
Illinois (8-1) «414081
Auburn (4-3)174562

Related Video

 

CBSSports Shop

Men's Nike White Villanova Wildcats 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball National Champions Locker Room T-Shirt

Villanova Wildcats 2016 National Champs
Get the Locker Room Gear!
Shop Now

Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Maryland4-116-228
Wisconsin4-115-337
Northwestern4-215-442
Purdue4-215-435
Michigan St.4-212-737
Minnesota3-315-410
Indiana3-313-688
Iowa3-311-8117
Penn St.3-311-864
Nebraska3-39-947
Illinois2-412-744
Michigan2-412-778
Ohio St.2-412-784
Rutgers0-611-8148

Southeastern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Kentucky6-016-28
S. Carolina5-015-329
Florida5-114-44
Alabama4-111-673
Georgia4-212-643
Miss. State3-212-5115
Arkansas3-314-440
Auburn2-412-679
Ole Miss2-411-747
Tennessee2-49-962
Vanderbilt2-48-1076
LSU1-59-8131
Texas A&M1-59-890
Missouri0-55-12277
 
Other games
WASH 63 Final
SDSU 70
ORE 115 Final
MISS 105