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HoosierIllustrated Live Blog: FINAL: Illinois 70, Indiana basketball 62



Indiana basketball

Indiana basketball continues its 124th season of competition with the finale of a three-game stretch against top-15 Big Ten Conference opponents at No. 10/11 Illinois.

The Illini (14-5, 5-3) enter the matchup with the third-best conference record and a mark of 10-2 at the State Farm Center.

Fifth-year senior guard Terrance Shannon Jr. leads the Illini with 20.5 points per game to go along with 4.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 2.4 made. He had posted .500/.370/.778 shooting splits in 13 games.

Illinois also receives double-digit scoring production from fifth-year senior guard Marcus Domask (15.1 points per game), senior forward Coleman Hawkins (12.0), and fifth-year senior forward Quincy Guerrier (11.8).

Scouting Note: Illinois 

Tip is scheduled for 3:00 PM ET on FOX.

Below is the full live, running blog of Indiana basketball at Illinois

Indiana Injury Report

Questionable: Kel’el Ware

Out: Jakai Newton

Per Jeff Goodman, Indiana basketball sophomore center Kel’el Ware is expected to miss today’s game at Illinois.

Pregame Notes

Indiana Starters:

G – Xavier Johnson
G – Trey Galloway
F – Mackenzie Mgbako
F – Anthony Walker
F – Malik Reneau

First Half:

Illinois wins the tip.

Indiana gets a stop on defense but Reneau turns the ball over on the Hoosiers first offensive sequence. Reneau does end up scoring the firs points of the game, however.

Trey Galloway bucket gets Indiana to 4-0 lead.

Indiana forces a shot clock violation. Indiana has been solid on defense along with Illinois being a little lackadaisical on offense.

Reneau gets fouled. but missed the little bunny for the And1. He would go 1-2 at the line.

Two straight buckets from Illinois cuts the Indiana lead to 5-4. Strong left-handed take from Xavier Johnson pushes the lead 7-4.

Under-16 Media Timeout: Indiana basketball 7, Illinois 6

Liking how aggressive Mackenzie Mgbako is being on the rebounds. He is up to three total at the 14:48 mark. Going to need him to continue to step up on the glass with Kel’el Ware not available.

Tough Xavier Johnson bucket through contact get him to the foul line. He misses the free throw, however.

Good cut by Trey Galloway for an easy bucket. Nice find from Anthony Walker.

Trey Galloway picks up his first foul.

Another tough bucket from Johnson extends the Indiana basketball lead 13-6 lead. Illinois timeout.

Indiana up 13-6 at the 11:51 mark. Hoosiers on a 6-0 run hitting their last 4-of-5 FG. 

Anthony Leal checks in for Trey Galloway.

Reneau gets fouled on the post up play. He goes 1-2 at the line.

Gabe Cupps in for Xavier Johnson.

Illinois three cuts the Indiana lead to 14-11. Illini throwing a punch now.

Sparks in for Walker.

Cupps steal leads to a Malik Reneau transition slam.

Under-8 Media Timeout: Indiana basketball 20, Illinois 14

Gabe Cupps picks up his first foul. Illinois has cut the lead to 20-17.

Coleman Hawkins knocks down a three to cut the Indiana lead to 24-23. Mike Woodson calls a timeout.

Starting until back on the floor for the Hoosiers.

Galloway defense rebound leads to a fast break slam.

Last media timeout of the half: Indiana basketball 26, Illinois 23.

Illinois three ties it up at 26.

Reneau hook shot gives Indiana the lead back. Illinois would take their first lead of the game 29-28.

Reneau picks up his 2nd foul. He would make up for it and score through contact. He would miss the extra point, however.

Goode three gives Illinois the 33-30 lead. Walker turnover leads to another three from Illinois 36-30.

9-0 run from Illinois extends the lead to 38-30. Indiana collapsing this half.

Big midrange jumper from Walker to halt the momentum a little.

Big shot from Xavier Johnson to close the half. He tossed the ball to Coleman Hawkins and Hawkins started to charge at Johnson before his Illinois teammates held him back. Both teams were chirping at one another heading into the tunnels.

At the half: Illinois 38, Indiana basketball 34

Second Half:

Illinois with technical free throws to start the half. Illinois hit both. Illini leads 40-34 to start the half.

Magbko hits a tough bucket t cut the lead down.

Mgbako takes a jumper but get fouled. He heads to the line and makes both.

Mgbako gets called for his first foul. Illinois would miss both free throws which would lead to Anthony Walker would get the steal and be fouled in transition. He would go 1-2 but Mgbako would get the rebound and cut the lead to 42-41.

Hawkins fouls Reneau and that leads to the first media timeout of the second half. Illinois 42-41 with 15:32 left. Reneau gets two shots out of the break.

Reneau goes 2-2 at the line. Indiana leads again.

Strong baseline drive leads to Johnson scoring throughout contact with a chance at the line. He would miss the free throw.

Indiana extends the lead 47-42.

Indiana on a massive 15-2 run over the last 6:50 and forces Illinois to call a timeout. Hoosiers lead 49-42 with 12:33 left.

Cupps in for Johnson out of the break.

Illinois hit a three and Renau turned the ball over to lead into the next media timeout. Indiana basketball 49-45.

Illinois cuts the lead to 49-47.

Mike Woodson calls a timeout at the 10:07 mark.

Malik Reneau gets called for his third foul.

Illinois answers with a 7-0 run and ties it up. Goode missed the free throw to tie it up and Galloway missed a three to take the lead back.

Malik Reneau picks up his fourth foul while Illinois takes the lead. Reneua stays on the floor.

Reneau gets fouled. Heads to line. Goes 1-2.

Illinois leads 53-50 with 8:00 left.

Hawkins gets called for a charge. Indiana ball heading into the 7:32 media timeout. Illinois up 53-50. 

Malik Reneua and Mackenzie Mgbako back in the game

Reneau scores out of the break. Goode hits a three to exited the Illinois lead to 56-52.

Hawkins picks up his third foul. Xavier Johnson heads to the line. He goes 2-2 at the line. Walker comes in for Reneau.

Malik Reneau finds a cutting Anthony Leal for an easy bucket.

Reneau picks up his fifth foul heading into the break. Illinois 58-56 with 3:01 left. 

Xavier Johnson blows by Hawkins and makes the bucket throughout contact. Misses the FT, however.

Mgbako hits a tough jumper and Indiana ties it up at 62. 1:03 left.

Blocking foul called on Xavier Johnson. Illinois lead goes up to 64-62 with 1:05 left.

Johnson fouled, he goes 0-2.

Illinois extends the lead to 66-62. Mike Woodson calls timeout. 27.0 left.

Mgbako misses a three. Illinois rebound.

Final: Illinois 70, Indiana basketball 62

Final Box Score + Extended Stats


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Kyler Staley is a Basketball Recruiting Analyst for Hoosier Illustrated, a comprehensive site covering news, updates and recruiting for Indiana University athletics. Kyler has been in the basketball recruiting industry since 2019 and is a credentialed media member. He has covered Indiana since 2021 while continuing to also work for Prep Hoops Indiana. He has previously worked for Rivals.