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CHAMPAIGN — Illinois seemingly had the game in the bag, with a one-point lead and their best player on the team at the free-throw line with a chance to extend the lead to three points.

Trent Frazier, though, missed both free throws and Anthony Adger had a three-point play on the other end to give Florida Atlantic a 73-71 win against Illinois in overtime Saturday at the State Farm Center.

Da'Monte Williams had an open 3-pointer in the corner that was short, rebounded by Illinois and kicked to freshman Ayo Dosunmu, whose last-second heave fell short.

Illinois is now 4-9 on the season and opens Big Ten Conference play Thursday at No. 23 Indiana.

Dosunmu hits massive 3-pointer

Trent Frazier got them there, Ayo Dosunmu delivered. 

Frazier scored five straight points late in the fourth quarter to pull the game within one point, 61-60, before Richardson Maitre hit a floater to give FAU a 3-point lead with 26 seconds left.

Illinois' offense didn't get into a rhythm, forcing coach Brad Underwood to call a timeout.

Then Dosunmu hit a game-tying 3-pointer with three seconds left to send the game to overtime tied 63-all.

Ayo and AJ trying to close the gap

Ayo Dosunmu and Aaron Jordan have combined to score the last 12 points for Illinois, but the Illini still trail Florida Atlantic, 53-48 with 3:52 left in the game.

Illinois is shooting 29 percent for the game.

Dosunmu has 18 points and Jordan has 13 points.

Offense still sputtering

Illinois can't get things going in its half-court offensive sets, and Florida Atlantic leads 43-37. Aaron Jordan has the last three points for Illinois — all from the free-throw line — and the Illini haven't hit a field goal in the last 4:10.

There is 7:56 remaining in the game.

Florida Atlantic takes lead

The Owls went on a 7-0 run in 1:18 to take a 41-34 lead on Illinois with 10:35 left in the game. Illinois is shooting 29 percent in the second half, and Florida Atlantic is shooting 50 percent after halftime.

FAU has an 18-8 scoring advantage in the second half. Andres Feliz has four of Illinois' eight second-half points.

Ugly start to the second half

Both teams missed shots to open the second half, and Florida Atlantic is on a 6-2 run to trim the Illini lead to one point, 28-27 with 16:57 left in the game.

Illini lead 26-21 at halftime

Despite closing the first half by making one of their last 12 shots, Illinois has a five-point lead at the break. Florida Atlantic has one one of its last 10 shots and has seven turnovers in the last 7:55. The Owls shot 29 percent in the first half, and Illinois shot 30 percent.

Ayo Dosunmu leads all scorers with 12 points, the first time he's scored more than 10 points since Nov. 21 against Xavier in the Maui Invitational.

Giorgi Bezhanishvili has five points and Kipper Nichols has four points.

Sloppy game in first half

Florida Atlantic is shooting 29 percent from the field and is on a 5:50 scoring drought, while the Illini are on a 7-0 run, though also playing poorly.

The Illini are have made one of their last 11 shots to lead 26-21 with 26 seconds left in the first half.

Illinois re-takes lead

Florida Atlantic went on an 8-0 run to take a 20-17 lead before Illinois went on a 6-2 run, with four coming from Kipper Nichols to re-take a 23-22 lead with 5:33 left in the first half.

Illini struggling to get separation

Illinois led by six points, but is struggling to increase the lead. Instead, Florida Atlantic as gone on a 7-3 run, but Illinois leads 17-16.

Freshman Alan Griffin has come off the bench and nabbed five rebounds in four minutes for an instant spark. 

Both teams are shooting 35 percent from the field on 7-of-20 shooting.

Freshmen leading the way

All 14 points for Illinois have come from freshmen. Ayo Dosunmu has nine points and Giorgi Bezhanishvili has five points. The Illini lead 14-8.

Freshman Alan Griffin checked in and has four quick rebounds after playing sparingly at the end of the Missouri game. 

Ayo comes out strong

After scoring two points against Missouri, freshman guard Ayo Dosunmu has the first five for Illinois with 16:00 left in the first half against Florida Atlantic. Florida Atlantic leads 6-5.

Starters announced


G — Trent Frazier

G — Ayo Dosunmi

G — Aaron Jordan

F — Kipper Nichols

F — Giorgi Bezhanishvili

Florida Atlantic

G — Anthony Adger

G — Michael Forrest

F — Jaylen Sebree

F — Madiaw Niang

C — Simeon Lepichey

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Contact Joey Wagner at (217) 421-6970. Follow him on Twitter: @mrwagner25



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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