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Illinois defeats Boise State, 84-77

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Boise State forward Daequon Montreal (2) puts up a shot past Illinois forward Dominique Keller (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Darrell Hoemann) By Darrell Hoemann Boise State forward Daequon Montreal (2) puts up a shot past Illinois forward Dominique Keller (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Darrell Hoemann) By Darrell Hoemann
Boise State center Kurt Cunningham (50) and Illinois center Mike Tisdale (54) battle for the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Darrell Hoemann) By Darrell Hoemann Boise State center Kurt Cunningham (50) and Illinois center Mike Tisdale (54) battle for the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Darrell Hoemann) By Darrell Hoemann
Illinois guard Demetri McCamey (32) puts up a three pointer over Boise State guard Anthony Thomas (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Darrell Hoemann) By Darrell Hoemann Illinois guard Demetri McCamey (32) puts up a three pointer over Boise State guard Anthony Thomas (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Darrell Hoemann) By Darrell Hoemann

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Demetri McCamey made the most of his foul-limited minutes, scoring 23 points to help Illinois escape with an 84-77 win over Boise State on Saturday night.

The Broncos managed to chip away at the Illini's 10-point second-half lead, using a 13-4 run to get within two points with 20 seconds left in the game.

Illinois (6-2) converted all six of its free-throw attempts in the final seconds to seal the win.

The Illini offense struggled with McCamey and center Mike Tisdale in foul trouble and on the bench in the first half. McCamey played just nine minutes and Tisdale seven in the first half.

Forward Mike Davis picked up the slack, scoring 10 of his 16 points in the first half while grabbing seven of his team-high 12 rebounds.

Ike Okeye led the Broncos (4-3) with 20 points.

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