Posted December 11, 2012 on AP on Fox
Brandon Paul scored 14 points and D.J. Richardson overcame a shoulder injury to add 11 and help 10th-ranked Illinois hold off Norfolk State 64-54 on Tuesday night. The Illini (11-0) were coming of a win at Gonzaga on Saturday that helped move them into the top 10, but were sluggish against the Spartans. Illinois was shooting 46 percent from the field coming in but shot just 35 percent on the night. Rashid Gaston scored 12 points and Pendarvis Williams added 11 for Norfolk State (6-6), which led for much of the first half. Richardson left late in the first half with a badly bruised shoulder but returned. His layup with just under two minutes remaining put the Illini up 56-51 and they went on to get the win.
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Down by five points late Tuesday night at 10th-ranked Illinois, Norfolk State was forced to foul and put its luck to the test at the free-throw line. For much of the night, that looked like a pretty good bet for the Spartans. The normally hot-shooting Illini were struggling to find the net from the line or the field. But a late layup from banged-up guard D.J. Richardson gave the...
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