Saturday , Dec , 02 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

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
his own.

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
Budinger’s three-pointer.

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

Game Notes

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