Even with the students gone, Assembly Hall can get loud. It got louder and louder as the minutes ticked by during the men’s basketball team’s 78-64 victory over Wofford on Tuesday.
Illinois started out slow, and Wofford shot lights out, but strong second-half play helped the Illini edge out what players and head coach Bruce Weber agreed is the best team they have faced so far.
“I knew they were a good team, I didn’t think they were that good to be honest … I’ve told them all along, that ‘this team wasn’t that good, we should have our way,’ but this game they were good and we had a game,” Weber said.
The Illini trailed the Terriers for most of the first half and had to fight back from an eight-point deficit to take a 33-32 lead with 2:01 left after a 3-pointer from freshman DJ Richardson, who shot 5-for-6 from outside the arc for the game.
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