PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Illinois gave Oregon its best shot and had an opportunity to knock the 15th-ranked Ducks from the ranks of the unbeaten Saturday night.
The Fighting Illini led by nine points on a neutral court with 13 minutes to play before the Ducks rallied for a 71-64 victory before crowd of 10,043 at the Moda Center to improve to 9-0.
After Nnanna Egwu’s 3-pointer from the top of the arc put Illinois (9-2) in front 59-58, the Ducks went on a 13-5 run over the closing 3:10, putting the game away on Johnathan Loyd’s two free throws with 16.1 seconds remaining.
“I thought we were really competitive,” Illinois coach John Groce said. “I’m proud of my guys that they were able to concentrate and execute and try to take away what we tried to take away, but . Oregon is very good offensively, they put their players…
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