NCAA Bball: Illinois wins Cancun Challenge

By dustincraigo

Cancun, Mexico- Illinois won the Cancun Challenge Riviera Division by defeating Illinois State, 63-59. Last wednesday ended the Cancun Challenge and Illinois came out the victor.

Illinois is now 8-0 against their in-state rival Illinois State. The game was extremely close. Illinois led at half with a score of 34-27. The largest lead Illinois had was just 7 points and the largest lead posted by Illinois State was just 5 points. So both teams were in this game from beginning to end.

Illinois State Redhawk’s player Tyler Brown missed a 3-pointer with a second remaining in the game. The score was 61-59, with Illinois in the lead. Illinois made two free throws immediately after, following a Redhawks foul, to seal their victory.

Illinois will play the Chicago State Cougars on Sunday at home in Champaign, Illinois this Sunday.

Top Performers

Points- Sam Maniscalco- 14

Rebounds- Meyers Leonard- 8

Assists- Brandon Paul- 6

Blocks- Brandon Paul- 1

Team Stats

Field Goals- 21 of 51 (0.412)

3-Pointers- 6 of 19 (0.316)

Free Throws- 15 of 17 (0.882)

Fouls- 15

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