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Illinois builds early lead to beat Auburn 81-62


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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.

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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Maryland0-05-0152
Northwestern0-05-0135
Illinois0-04-090
Wisconsin0-04-023
Ohio St.0-03-013
Penn St.0-05-1181
Indiana0-04-1232
Michigan0-04-133
Purdue0-04-1178
Michigan St.0-03-1127
Minnesota0-03-1209
Nebraska0-03-1103
Iowa0-03-263
Rutgers0-02-2131

Southeastern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Kentucky0-06-019
Arkansas0-04-059
Miss. State0-04-048
Vanderbilt0-04-0251
Alabama0-04-129
Georgia0-03-1150
Ole Miss0-03-1299
Texas A&M0-03-1229
Florida0-02-126
LSU0-03-24
Auburn0-02-2276
Tennessee0-01-1270
Missouri0-02-3145
S. Carolina0-02-3133
 
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