Boxscore
Illinois 63, Gardner-Webb 62
Sunday, November 25, 2012 4:00 PM
Location - Assembly Hall, Champaign, Illinois
Officials - D.J. Carstensen, Pat Driscoll, Frank Spencer
Attendance - 12565

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Gardner-Webb 23 39 62
Illinois 24 39 63

Recap

Illinois 63, Gardner-Webb 62: Tyler Griffey drained a 3-pointer with six seconds remaining and the host Fighting Illini survived a battle from the Runnin' Bulldogs in a game that saw four lead changes in the final minute of regulation.

Illinois (7-0) was clinging to a 58-56 lead when Kevin Hartley nailed a 3-pointer to give Gardner-Webb (4-4) the advantage with 57 seconds remaining. Brandon Paul, who had 13 points, put the hosts ahead 60-59 when he connected on a jumper with 43 seconds left.

Tashan Newsome, who had made only three 3-pointers all season, hit one with 16 seconds left to give Gardner-Webb a 62-60 advantage. Illinois called a timeout with 11 seconds remaining, setting the stage for Griffey's heroics.

Newsome, who finished with 11 points, missed a long 3 just before the final buzzer. Joseph Bertrand and D.J. Richardson had 13 points apiece for Illinois.

Donta Harper scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Runnin' Bulldogs and Max Landis chipped in 10 as Gardner-Webb just came up short of its second win in the state of Illinois in two weeks. The Runnin' Bulldogs upset DePaul 71-59 on Nov. 15.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Illinois, which came into the game leading the nation in 3-point field goals (11.5), made a season-low seven. ... The Fighting Illini also had their streak snapped of consecutive games scoring at least 75 points. ... Gardner-Webb coach Chris Holtmann played college basketball with Illinois coach John Groce at Taylor University and was a part of Groce's staff at Ohio from 2008-10.

Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Donta Harper 34:00 4-14 1-2 7-8 1 2 3 4 2 2 3 2 16
Tyler Strange 34:00 2-6 0-3 0-0 0 4 4 4 4 3 3 0 4
Max Landis 26:00 4-10 2-7 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 1 1 0 10
Kevin Hartley 18:00 3-6 3-5 0-0 3 4 7 0 2 1 2 0 9
Jerome Hill 14:00 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Corey Hensley 21:00 3-5 0-0 0-2 1 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 6
Onzie Branch 26:00 2-4 0-0 1-2 3 2 5 1 3 0 1 0 5
Tashan Newsome 24:00 4-9 1-5 2-2 0 2 2 3 4 0 2 0 11
Isaiah Ivey 3:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 22-54 7-22 11-16 9 18 27 13 17 7 13 2 62
  40.7% 31.8% 68.8% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 13

Illinois Fighting Illini

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Tyler Griffey 27:00 5-13 2-5 1-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 13
Brandon Paul 33:00 4-10 2-6 3-4 0 6 6 4 2 1 2 1 13
D.J. Richardson 35:00 3-7 2-4 5-6 0 2 2 1 3 2 2 0 13
Nnanna Egwu 23:00 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 1 5 0 4
Tracy Abrams 18:00 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 4 0 0
Joseph Bertrand 31:00 5-9 1-4 2-2 3 3 6 3 1 3 2 0 13
Myke Henry 12:00 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4
Sam McLaurin 18:00 0-0 0-0 3-4 1 1 2 0 2 0 3 0 3
Devin Langford 3:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 21-48 7-19 14-18 6 16 22 9 14 7 18 2 63
  43.8% 36.8% 77.8% Team Rebs: 7   Total TO: 18