Illinois 57, Colorado 49

Friday, March 22, 2013 4:40 PM
Location - Frank Erwin Special Events Center, Austin, Texas
Officials - Joe Lindsay, Garry Maxwell, Doug Shows
Attendance - 13784

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Colorado 21 28 49
Illinois 37 20 57

Recap


Illinois 57, Colorado 49:
Brandon Paul scored 10 of his 17 points over the final 6:06 as the Fighting Illini dispatched the Buffaloes in the NCAA Tournament at Austin, Texas.

D.J. Richardson scored 14 points and Tracy Abrams added 13 for Illinois (23-12), which let a 16-point halftime lead slip away before closing the game with an 18-5 run. The Illini face second-seeded Miami on Sunday in the East Regional for a berth in the Sweet 16.

Askia Booker scored 14 points and freshman Josh Scott had eight points and 14 rebounds for the Buffaloes (21-12), who opened the second half with a 23-2 burst to hold a five-point lead just past the midway point of the second half.

The Illini moved ahead to stay as Richardson and Paul hit 3-pointers to cap a 9-0 run for a 48-44 lead with 6:06 to play. Illinois didn’t make another field goal and Paul hit six consecutive free throws and Nnanna Egwu hit one during a 7-0 surge that gave the Illini a 55-46 edge with 24.6 seconds left.

Richardson hit two 3-pointers as Illinois scored the final 13 points of the first half for a 37-21 lead. The Buffaloes missed their last 11 shots of the half and then erupted in the second half as Illinois missed 14 consecutive shots.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Illini scored 15 points off Colorado turnovers in the first half and finished with a 21-8 edge. … Buffaloes G Spencer Dinwiddie scored just six points on 1-of-8 shooting while battling foul trouble. … Illinois was 8-of-31 from 3-point range with Richardson making four. Booker had four for Colorado, which went 5-of-19.

Colorado Buffaloes

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Andre Roberson 34:00 4-10 0-1 1-2 0 8 8 2 5 2 2 1 9
Askia Booker 34:00 5-14 4-10 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 2 0 14
Spencer Dinwiddie 25:00 1-8 0-5 4-5 0 2 2 4 4 0 4 0 6
Xavier Johnson 27:00 2-6 1-1 2-2 0 4 4 0 5 1 0 1 7
Josh Scott 33:00 4-9 0-0 0-0 6 8 14 0 0 1 1 3 8
Sabatino Chen 16:00 0-0 0-0 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 1 3 0 2
Shane Harris-Tunks 9:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Xavier Talton 3:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Jeremy Adams 19:00 0-3 0-2 1-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1
TOTAL 200 17-51 5-19 10-13 8 26 34 7 20 5 15 5 49
  33.3% 26.3% 76.9% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 15

Illinois Fighting Illini

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Nnanna Egwu 33:00 3-6 0-0 1-2 4 4 8 0 1 0 1 1 7
Sam McLaurin 22:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 2 0
Brandon Paul 31:00 3-12 2-8 9-10 0 4 4 2 3 3 3 0 17
D.J. Richardson 37:00 5-14 4-11 0-2 0 5 5 1 0 1 4 0 14
Tracy Abrams 34:00 4-10 1-4 4-4 1 3 4 6 1 2 3 1 13
Tyler Griffey 25:00 1-6 1-5 2-4 3 3 6 1 2 1 0 0 5
Joseph Bertrand 17:00 0-2 0-2 1-2 0 3 3 0 2 1 0 0 1
Myke Henry 1:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 16-52 8-31 17-24 8 23 31 10 12 8 12 4 57
  30.8% 25.8% 70.8% Team Rebs: 6   Total TO: 12