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Illinois (2-5) was within inches of grasping a victory from the jaws of defeat.

 

Illini fall just short to No. 3 Gonzaga at Maui Invitational

Second-half droughts have plagued Illinois this season. It happened in Maui against Iowa State and Xavier, and again on Tuesday.

"If we don’t have that six-minute drought, the game’s not even close," Jordan said. "It doesn’t even come down to a last-minute shot."

Despite the loss, another to a high-major opponent this season, there was a general feeling around the team that the Illini took a step forward, even though Ayo Dosunmu (8 points) and Frazier (6 points) didn't score in double figures.

Outside of Jordan and Bezhanishvili, who combined to shoot 16 of 28, the rest of the team shot 10 of 36, but they stayed the course through Notre Dame runs that could have buried a young Illinois team in its first true road game.

 


 

 

 

 

 

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