Rayvonte Rice had 15 points and a season-high 10 rebounds for
Illinois (4-0), which is averaging 97.5 points through its first
four games. Kendrick Nunn chipped in 12 points, Malcolm Hill had 11
and Leron Black finished with 10 for the Illini.
Steven Spieth paced Brown (1-4) with 21 points while Rafael Maia had
13. Leading scorer Leland King recorded a season-low seven points as
the Bears lost their fourth straight game.
Illinois led 28-21 with less than five minutes left in the first
half before Brown closed out the stanza with a stunning 14-3 run,
capped by Maia's buzzer-beater for a 35-31 lead. Spieth scored on a
layup on the Bears' opening possession of the second half to make it
a six-point game but the Illini took over from there, scoring 15
straight points to move ahead 46-37 with just over 16 minutes to go.
Brown had another push to get within six on King's 3-pointer before
Rice threw down a dunk to ignite a 10-0 run that made it 62-46 with
under 10 minutes remaining. Nnanna Egwu's slam pushed the margin to
73-51 with 5:48 to go and the Illini cruised from there.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Egwu (nine points, eight rebounds) was given a
technical foul in the first half and Rice received one in the second
for hanging on the rim following his dunk at the 12-minute mark. ...
The Illini had just seven turnovers. ... Both teams continue play in
the event in Las Vegas on Thursday, when Illinois meets Indiana
State and Brown takes on Austin Peay.
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