Stanford Robinson added 10 points and Noah Vonleh grabbed 14
rebounds for Indiana (13-7, 3-4 Big Ten), which owned a 42-28
advantage on the boards. Troy Williams contributed eight points and
Austin Etherington led the reserves with seven.
Rayvonte Rice scored 20 points to lead Illinois (13-8, 2-6). Nnanna
Egwu was the next-highest scorer with eight points and Jaylon Tate
finished with six points off the bench, all in the first half.
Illinois took the lead for the first time since the opening minutes
on a 3-pointer by Jon Ekey about 2 1/2 minutes into the second half.
Ferrell, who had been held to two points through that point of the
game, made three straight baskets and then capped the 12-0 run with
a 3-pointer for a 40-29 lead.
Joseph Bertrand ended an 0-for-7 start by making a layup that
cut the deficit to three with 8:23 remaining. Bertrand would go
on to miss shots on the next three possessions, however, and the
Hoosiers were able to extend their lead back to nine on Jeff
Howard's tip with just under six minutes remaining.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Indiana F Will Sheehey was back in the starting
lineup after missing Tuesday's game against Michigan State with
an ankle injury, replacing Etherington, who made his first
career start against the Spartans. Sheehey finished with five
points and nine rebounds. … Robinson's other double-figure
scoring games this season came against No. 3 Michigan State (11)
and No. 8 Wisconsin (13). … Rice and Tate combined to shoot
7-for-10 in the first half but the rest of the Illini were a
combined 2-for-18, allowing the Hoosiers to take a 26-24 lead
into the break.
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