Nov 8, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard Joseph Bertrand (2) shoots the ball during the second half against the Alabama State Hornets at State Farm Center. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Basketball Currently Leads Chicago State 33-26 at the Half Live On BTN


The Illinois Fighting Illini are currently playing the Chicago State Cougars at the State Farm Center in Champaign-Urbana live on the Big Ten Network (610 on Directv, 439 on DISH Network).

The Illini raced out to a 12-2 lead early, but the Cougars then played their way back into the contest, cutting the lead all the way down to 2 with 5:00 left in the half. Following a break in action, Tracy Abrams made a runner and then the defense held on 2 consecutive possessions and the lead was stretched back to 27-21 with 3:31 to go in the half.

With 44.7 seconds remaining, Jaylon Tate drew contact, dropped the shot, and converted the free throw opportunity pushing the lead back to 7 for the Illini. Chicago State held for the last shot of the half and Pippen dribbled it off his leg with 4.3 seconds to play. Tracy Abrams then went the length of the floor on the inbounds, but he had his last second shot rejected and we went in to the half with the aforementioned 7 point lead.

Illinois has turned the ball over 8 times in the first half against Chicago State’s 2-3 zone. They haven’t done a very good job attacking the interior of the zone, and so far it has allowed the Cougars to hang around.

First Half stats:

  • Illinois shot 46.2% from the floor on 12-26 shooting and 37.5% from 3 point range on 3-8 shooting.
  • Chicago State shot 40.9% from the floor on 9-22 shooting and 36.4% from 3 point range on 4-11 shooting.
  • Illinois had an 18-9 rebounding advantage in the first half.
  • Each team has 5 Assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks, and 8 turnovers.

Joe Bertrand leads the Illini with 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.

Chicago State’s Clarke Rosenberg leads all scorers with 8 points.

Illinois needs to attack the zone better in the second half, and needs to limit the turnovers in the second half. If they take care of the ball better and maintain their rebounding advantage they should finish this one off with a W.

Feel free to stick around and comment below during the second half with me.

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  • @RPKraemer

    Ekey hits the 3 to get the 2nd half scoring going, and then Rice follows up with a highly athletic take to the rack stretching the lead back 10 with 17 to play.

  • @RPKraemer

    The MVC Injection have the first 8 points of the 2nd half for Illinois (Rice 5, Ekey 3). These guys are critical to this teams success.

  • @RPKraemer

    Ekey drains another 3. Watch out, he can really fill it up when the guards set him up correctly.

  • @RPKraemer

    Joe Bertrand throws it down! Bardo says, “Posters are for sale in the lobby!”

  • @RPKraemer

    Egwu with the beautiful turnaround jumper.

  • @RPKraemer

    That was a terrible call on Ekey. Contact was minimal at best. Looked pretty clean on the replay.

  • @RPKraemer

    Jaylon Tate is a revelation so far this season. He is going to be one of the better guards in Illini history if he keeps developing before his tenure is over in Urbana.

  • @RPKraemer

    Things are tightening up in Urbana. Rice needs to attack the basket. Stop settling for jumpers.

  • @RPKraemer

    Ekey is on fire!

  • @RPKraemer

    WHAT WHAT!! Ekey with a Thunderous Throwdown Putback!

  • @RPKraemer

    That’s a piece I wrote on Ekey and Rice 2 weeks ago. Jon can be this type of player when he stays engaged in the game. Illini fans are going to love him because he can do exactly what he is doing tonight consistently.

  • @RPKraemer

    19-2 run for Illinois, stretching the lead to 21.

  • @RPKraemer

    John Groce empties the bench with 51.5 to play and the Illini leading 74-53.

  • @RPKraemer

    Kendrick hits a 3. Nice to see one drop for him.

  • @RPKraemer

    22-2 run to close out the game and the Illini win this one 77-53.