No. 16 Arizona rallies to beat Illinois
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – Chase Budinger poured in 22 points and pulled
down eight rebounds as 16th-ranked Arizona overcame a 16-point deficit and
toppled Illinois, 84-72, in the Hall of Fame Challenge at U.S. Airways Center.
Budinger shot 6-of-12 from the floor and also dished out three assists while
Marcus Williams netted 20 points on 6-of-15 shooting.
Mustafa Shakur scored 16 points with eight helpers while Ivan Radenovic and
Jawann McClellan each contributed 13 points for the Wildcats (5-1), who have
won five straight since dropping their season opener to Virginia.
Arizona finished 26-of-50 (52 percent) shooting.
Warren Carter led the Fighting Illini (7-2) with 24 points and 10 rebounds and
Shaun Pruitt and Chester Frazier each chipped in with 11 points in the loss.
Illinois, which has lost two in a row, also shot 52 percent from the field.
Trailing 41-36 at halftime, Arizona took control in the second half with a
12-0 spurt for a 57-51 edge and didn’t trail the rest of the way.
McClellan started the rally with a layup and Williams added a basket from the
line. Budinger then made an easy lay-in before Shakur drained two layups and a
free throw for the Wildcats. Radenovic finished the run with a layup of
Minutes later, Frazier tied the game at 61 for Illinois with a jumper, but
McClellan answered with a three. Carter’s dunk got the Fighting Illini within
one with four minutes remaining, however, Williams drilled a trey to start a
9-0 run that sealed the comeback victory.
Trailing by one early in the first half, Illinois went on a 28-11 burst,
capped by a layup and a pair of free throws by Pruitt for a 33-17 advantage at
the 8:05 mark. Arizona fought back, though, and cut within 10, 36-26 on
The Wildcats then scored 10 of the final 15 points in the frame to make it a
six-point contest at the break. Budinger led the run with seven points and
finished with 11 in the first half while Carter netted 12 for the Fighting
Carter finished 11-of-17 shooting…Illinois’ Calvin Brock had eight points,
eight rebounds and six assists…Arizona converted 6-of-16 (37.5 percent) from
three-point range while Illinois shot 33.3 percent (7-of-21) from beyond the