- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 3, 2009

ILLINOIS 76, No. 18 CLEMSON 74: Mike Tisdale hit the go-ahead jumper with 41 seconds left, then blocked David Potter’s driving shot on Clemson’s next possession as the visiting Illini (5-2) rallied from 23 points down to beat the Tigers (6-2) on Wednesday night in Clemson, S.C.

Illinois looked finished, down 51-28 early in the second half and with leading scorer Demetri McCamey saddled with three fouls and two points.

But the Illini finally got going with a 35-10 run to move in front in the school’s biggest comeback ever.

Demontez Still missed a driving shot at the buzzer for Clemson.

Illinois broke a three-game losing streak in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Mike Davis led the Illini with 22 points. He set a career high with 28 a year ago when Clemson defeated Illinois in a challenge game by the same score.

Brandon Paul had 20 points for Illinois, whose biggest previous rally came in 2000 when it came from 21 points down to defeat Seton Hall 87-79.

Still led the Tigers with 15 points. Leading scorer Trevor Booker had just three of his 12 points in the second half.

No. 1 KANSAS 98, ALCORN STATE 31: Cole Aldrich had 13 points and 16 rebounds, and the Jayhawks (6-0) scored 36 straight points in the first half in an embarrassingly easy home victory over the winless Braves (0-10) in Lawrence.

Kansas made quick work of the Braves, forcing a school record-tying 30 turnovers and dunking its way within one of the NCAA record for consecutive points with its big run.

No. 3 VILLANOVA 77, DREXEL 58: Antonio Pena scored a career-high 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Taylor King added 16 points as the host Wildcats (7-0) overcame a sluggish start to defeat the Dragons (3-5) in Villanova, Pa.

Scottie Reynolds had 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Villanova, which improved to 18-1 all-time against Drexel. The only loss occurred Dec. 9, 2006, when Drexel stunned Villanova 81-76 to snap its 17-game losing streak against the Wildcats.

No. 11 TENNESSEE 78, EAST TENN. ST. 66: Tyler Smith scored 15 points, and the Volunteers (6-1) held off the scrappy Buccaneers (4-4) in Knoxville, Tenn.

A steal and a fastbreak layup by ETSU’s Justin Tubbs with 15:52 left cut the Vols’ lead to 42-39. Tennessee answered with an 11-2 run capped by a layup by Wayne Chism that boosted the lead to 53-41.

No. 14 UCONN 92, BOSTON U. 64: Jerome Dyson scored 22 points, and the Huskies (5-1) bounced back from their first loss of the season with a rout of the Terriers (2-6) in Hartford, Conn.

Kemba Walker had 15 points and 10 assists for Connecticut. Stanley Robinson added 16 points and nine rebounds.

No. 17 GONZAGA 74, WASHINGTON ST. 69: Matt Bouldin scored a career-high 28 points and the Bulldogs (6-1) rallied for a victory over the Cougars (6-1) in Spokane, Wash.

Elias Harris added 24 points and 12 rebounds for Gonzaga, which held Washington State without a field goal for 10 minutes in the late going.

No. 20 LOUISVILLE 80, STETSON 48: Jerry Smith broke out of a shooting slump to score 17 points and lead the Cardinals (5-1) to a home victory over the Hatters (2-5) in Louisville, Ky.

Samardo Samuels added 15 points and seven rebounds. Edgar Sosa had 15 points and five assists for Louisville, which had little trouble bouncing back from a loss to UNLV on Saturday.

NO. 23 BUTLER 59, BALL STATE 38: Gordon Hayward and Shelvin Mack each scored 15 points and ignited an early 3-point flurry that helped the Bulldogs (5-2) rout the Cardinals (2-3) in Muncie, Ind.

Butler won its 14th straight over an Indiana school and its sixth straight in the series. Malik Perry had 11 points for Ball State, which lost its third straight.

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