4:44 PM ET, March 22, 2013
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Illinois tops Colorado after 3s from Brandon Paul, D.J. Richardson
AUSTIN, Texas -- Illinois has been doing it the hard way all season. Why change just because it's the NCAA tournament?After letting a big first-half lead slip away Friday, senior guards Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson bailed out the Illini with consecutive 3-pointers with 6 minutes to play, and No. 7 seed Illinois pulled out a tough 57-49 win over No. 10 Colorado in the second round of East Regional of the NCAA tournament.
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MVP: Brandon Paul (17 points, 3-for-12) hit a late 3-pointer that gave the Illini a critical four-point lead in the final minutes. He also went 5-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 66 seconds of the win.
X factor: After entering the break with a 16-point deficit, Colorado scored 23 points in the first 10:30 of the second half on its way to a 44-39 lead with 9:30 on the game clock. And then, the Buffaloes recorded just five points the rest of the way.
That was bizarre: I know teams go through scoring droughts. But Colorado's momentum shift was uncanny. The Buffaloes went from "can't miss" to "can't make anything" in a matter of minutes.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||17-51 (.333)||16-52 (.308)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-19 (.263)||8-31 (.258)|
|FT Made-Attempted||10-13 (.769)||17-24 (.708)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||20 (0/0)||12 (0/0)|
|» Mar 22, 2013||@ILL 57, COLO 49||Recap|
Colorado scored 49 points in its loss to Illinois. That is the 4th-fewest points scored by any Pac-12 team in a Men's Basketball Championship game in the shot clock era.
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