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NCAA Game Summary - Norfolk State at Illinois



(Tuesday, December 11th)

Final Score: (10) Illinois 64, Norfolk State 54

Champaign, IL (Sports Network) - Brandon Paul had 14 points and eight rebounds in No. 10 Illinois' 64-54 victory over Norfolk State.

D.J. Richardson netted 11 points and Tracy Abrams added nine points for the Fighting Illini (11-0), who next play Eastern Kentucky on Sunday.

"I don't think over the course of the 40 minutes our energy, our focus, our effort level was where it's been," Illinois head coach John Groce said.

Rashid Gaston tallied 12 points and eight boards for Norfolk State (6-6), which had its four-game winning streak snapped.

The Spartans defeated Missouri in the second round of the NCAA Tournament as a No. 15 seed a year ago and were able to hang around until the end.

Illinois netted the first seven points of the second stanza and built a 39-29 cushion.

But the resilient Spartans battled back. They responded with the next seven points as Kris Brown nailed a 3-pointer and Gaston made a pair of buckets to cut the deficit to 39-36.

Later, Gaston's layup pulled the visitors within 54-51, but the Illini outscored Norfolk State, 10-3, the rest of the way as Illinois began to hit the offensive glass.

After both teams exchanged turnovers, Richardson's driving layup went down and Pendarvis Williams missed a triple at the other end for the Spartans.

With a little over a minute to play, Illinois took the clock down and Abrams missed a layup, but was able to secure his own rebound. He then missed a pair from the foul line, but Sam McLaurin was able to come down with the board made both his foul shots to make it 58-51 with 51 ticks to play.

The hosts made 6-of-8 from the line down the stretch to secure the win.

"We came in and gave a great effort for about 35 minutes and they took over about the last five minutes," Norfolk State head coach Anthony Evans said.

Norfolk State led, 24-19, with five minutes remaining in the opening half before the Illini countered with an 12-2 run before taking a 32-29 edge into the break.

Game Notes

Illinois pulled down 15 offensive boards and outrebounded Norfolk State, 38-30 ... Both teams shot 26.1 percent (6-of-23) from beyond the arc ... Illinois shot just 35 percent (21-of-60) from the field.

12/12 01:18:23 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
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7:05pm Tonight
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CIN
 
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CLE
KAN
 
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Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
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MIA 99
CHA 88
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CHI 93
WAS 102
1st OT
HOU 120
POR 122
 
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MEM
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LAC
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Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
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BOS 4
DET 1
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MON 3
TAM 2
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SJS 7
LOS 2
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MIN
COL
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CLB
PIT
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CHI
STL
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DAL
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Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
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