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LEWIS | Indiana falls to IL on road

LEWIS | Indiana falls to IL on road

McRoberts, who had seven points in Monday's win over Maryland, scored a career-high 10 in Wednesday's loss.

Maybe that's letting off a bit of steam after a successful second half which had a almost disastrous ending. With just over six minutes left in the period, he reeled off 13 straight points.

"We were dancing", he said about the team's locker room celebration. "It feels good, man".

The two-point victory was the team's first Big 10 Conference win of the season and the first of coach Brad Underwood's career.

Even after being down six going into halftime, this team stayed focus on the goal of winning a basketball game. "We've got to work on it. You get a better feeling when you leave the building". Green also finished with 8 points and 5 assists on the night.

But, Illinois rebounded nicely with a 9-0 run that gave the team the lead 55-51 with 11:22 left in the second half. The Fighting Illini had their worst performance of the season in terms of sending their opponent to the line - IU had a free throw rate of 64 percent - but it didn't matter because the Hoosiers couldn't convert.

The big play for the Hoosiers was forcing Frazier into his third turnover of the game.

After leading by as many as nine in the first half, missed free throws and turnovers doomed in on Wednesday night at the State Farm Center.

That six-point lead proved to be big, as IN cut the lead to two with just 8.3 seconds left. With Newkirk struggling, Archie Miller turned to Devonte Green. The Nittany Lions locked down a slight lead that they would hold onto for the entire game, ending the first period 14-11 ahead of the Illini. In most basketball games, the difference can be determined by free throw attempts, and on Wednesday, the Illini executed more in that category. A Frazier turnover led to a layup from Indiana's Juwan Morgan (28 points) followed by Frazier committing a costly foul with 40 seconds left as Morgan made a 3-point play to cut it to a three-point edge for IL.

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Both he and Frazier were critical players to this Illini team's first conference victory of the season, and first since March of 2017. The Hoosiers will need their senior guard to play better if they want to get back on track in conference play.

Next up for the Illini - another home game against Rutgers, Tuesday at 6 pm CT.

The team only has two players in double-digit scoring in Juwan Morgan, who averages 14.8 points per game and Robert Johnson, who's right behind him at 14 points per game.

The Indiana Hoosiers will play the Illinois Fighting Illini in one of the college basketball games on Thursday, start time at 9:00 PM ET, at State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois.

With his eight points, Johnson is two points away from moving up to No. 30 on the IN all-time scoring list.

Morgan scored 28 points on an efficient 12-14 shooting performance from the field.

Underwood and Miller are both first-year head coaches in the Big Ten.

Points in the paint were controlled by Indiana (IN), with 36 points, compared to Illinois' 30.


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