Illini ride strong second half to down Wofford -

Illini ride strong second half to down Wofford

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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