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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame closed out Illinois on the way to a 76-74 win on Tuesday night.

Illinois, after trailing by six points with 23 seconds left, took advantage of missed Notre Dame free throws to cut the deficit to one point, 75-74, with 5.4 seconds left.

Notre Dame hit one of two free throws to lead by two points before Trent Frazier's game-winning 3-point attempt at the buzzer went in and out.

The Illini were without freshman Tevian Jones, who is suspended indefinitely from game competition because of a violation of team rules, per the team.

Jones, a freshman, is averaging 3.2 points and 9.0 minutes per game this season.

Giorgi and Jordan carrying the Illini

Giorgi Bezhanishvili and Aaron Jordan have combined for 37 points and Illinois trails Notre Dame 68-60 with 3:28 left to play.

Those two are a combined 14 of 24 (58.3 percent). The rest of the team is 8 of 30 (26.6 percent).

Frazier snaps 6:13 drought

Illinois missed 13 consecutive shots and went on a 6 minute, 13 second scoring drought. Notre Dame leads 60-49 and is on a 16-2 run over the last 6:22.

Notre Dame on 7-0 run

Illinois led 47-44 before a 7-0 Notre Dame run gave the Irish a 51-47 lead (with a free throw coming after the timeout) with 11:42 left.

The last three made shots by Notre Dame have been and-1s. Giorgi Bezhanishvili is leading the Illini with 15 points, and Illinois is struggling mightily when he's not on the court. 

Illinois leads 43-41

Aaron Jordan picked up in the second half where he left off in the first half. He and Andres Feliz each have a 3-pointer in the second half.

Jordan also slid to draw a foul on Notre Dame big man John Mooney, who has four fouls.

Illinois takes lead into halftime

Aaron Jordan leads Illinois with 10 points and Giorgi Bezhanishvili has nine points.  Andres Feliz has four points and a team-high four rebounds.

Notre Dame closed the half without a field goal for 3 minutes, 36 seconds.

Illinois went on a 9-2 run to end the first half. T.J. Gibbs leads Notre Dame with 10 points and Prentiss Hubb has seven points.

Giorgi slam gives Illini a lead

After a missed layup from Ayo Dosunmu, Giorgi Bezhanishvili followed it with a tip-in dunk. Illinois leads Notre Dame 35-34 with 26.7 left in the first half.

Samba Kane played for 1.6 seconds, essentially to guard an inbound pass.

Notre Dame leads 30-28

A 3-pointer from Giorgi Bezhanishvili have the Illini a 28-27 lead before Prentiss Hubb hit a 3-pointer.

Illinois shooting 39 percent from the field, Notre Dame is shooting 38 percent from the field.

Rough stretch for Illini

After leading 20-13 with a chance for Trent Frazier to convert a 3-point play with a free throw, Illinois was called for a lane violation. Notre Dame followed that up with a 7-0 run, including four consecutive free throws from Rex Pflueger after Illinois forward Kipper Nichols was called for a personal foul then a technical foul.

Andres Feliz hit a floater to end a 7-0 ND run. Illinois leads 22-20 with 7:34 left in the first half.

Offense coming around

After a slow start, where Illinois went almost four minute without a made field goal — the Illini made four free throws in that time — the offense is starting to click.

Illinois leads 18-13 over Notre Dame with 12:08 left in the first half. Illinois is on a 9-0 run that was capped off with a transition layup by Kipper Nichols after Andres Feliz got out in transition and found Nichols on a behind the back pass.

Illini struggle to get going early

Illinois is only shooting 40 percent from the field, but lead Notre Dame 9-8 with 15:10 left in the first half.

Aaron Jordan has five points, and freshman Ayo Dosunmu is struggling early with three turnovers. He didn't have any on Sunday against Mississippi Valley State.

Starters announced


Trent Frazier

Ayo Dosunmu

Andres Feliz

Aaron Jordan

Giorgi Bezhanishvili

Notre Dame

Rex Pflueger

Prentiss Hubb 

D.J. Harvey

T.J. Gibbs

John Mooney

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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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