Huskies send Illini home in thriller
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) – Bobby Jones broke a tie game by hitting two
free throws with 58.6 seconds left and Washington held off Illinois down the
stretch to earn a hard-fought 67-64 victory in a Washington bracket second-
round game of the NCAA Tournament.
Brandon Roy recorded a game-high 21 points for the Huskies (26-6), who blew a
14-point first-half lead, then rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second
to reach the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive year.
Fifth-seeded Washington, which will be appearing in back-to-back regional
semifinals for the first time in school history, will face either top-seeded
Connecticut or Kentucky Friday in the nation’s capital.
James Augustine scored 19 points and fellow senior Dee Brown had 15 for the
fourth-seeded Fighting Illini (26-7), which was attempting to reach the Sweet
16 for the third year in a row. Rich McBride added 13 points in defeat.
Illinois had a chance to send the game into overtime after Jones made 1-of-2
foul shots with 12.8 seconds left to extend Washington’s margin to just three
points. Following an Illini timeout, Brown missed badly on a long three-point
try as time expired.
Washington ended 28-of-39 from the charity stripe for the game, while Illinois
went just 9-of-11 and attempted only two free throws in the second half.