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It wasn’t hard to spot the red flag after Illinois’ unimpressive 72-65 home victory over Dartmouth. Clearly, the Illini (9-1) haven’t yet learned how to close out a game. This time, much of a 17-point lead was squandered over the final nine-plus minutes. The Illini didn’t appear at any point Tuesday night to be even slightly in danger of losing, but that wasn’t going to make coach John Groce feel any better about another inefficient finish. “We have to close better,” Groce said. Last Tuesday in Atlanta, the Illini led Georgia Tech by 12 with a little over nine minutes …
Illini hold off late Dartmouth charge for 72-65 win in last non-conference home game of the season.
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The Illinois men's basketball team defeated Dartmouth 72-65. The final home tune-up was close due to poor defense late in the second half.
The Illini didn’t buckle under late pressure from the Big Green, but Saturday’s game against the high-octane Oregon attack will be a different beast and a true barometer for where the Illini stand at this stage in the season.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Rayvonte Rice, Illinois
The Champaign native continued to display his scoring prowess, scoring a team-high 13 points and becoming the first UI newcomer to reach double figures in each of his first 10 games since Kiwane Garris.
Freshman Malcolm Hill with a career-high 10 points in tonight's win! The #Illini are 9-1! pic.twitter.com/FY9LHPFAax— Illinois Basketball (@IlliniHoops) December 11, 2013...
Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. Dartmouth - December 10, 2013
Rayvonte Rice scored 13 points, including a 3-pointer that helped put Illinois up by double digits late, as the Illini held off Dartmouth in a 72-65 win on Tuesday night.
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