Just when it appeared No. 22 Illinois had gone quiet, reserve guard Joseph Bertrand made some noise.
The redshirt junior hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions and scored every point in a 10-0 run to ignite the Illini to a 75-62 victory over Georgia Tech on Wednesday night in an ACC-Big Ten Challenge game.
Illinois (8-0) rallied late behind Bertrand, whose one-man show lifted the Illini from a 58-54 deficit late in the second half. They finished the game on a 21-4 run over the final 7:15.
''Until you get to know him, Joe sometimes comes off like a quiet guy, but he's got some big-time energy,'' Illinois coach John Groce said. ''I very rarely will watch practice film or game film and say, `Bertrand isn't playing hard.'''
Bertrand scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half as the surprising Illini kept up their early-season run.
After missing his first season with a knee injury, Bertrand relied upon his athleticism to get to the basket and create scoring opportunities for h...