Illini close non-conference with win over Grand Canyon

CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- The frigid temperatures of central Illinois didn’t do much to slow the heat of the Grand Canyon offense with the Antelopes leading a majority of the game. But in trend with the season, it was the Illini’s freshman who helped seal the 62-58 win.

"We up all the time shooting shots like those and just stepping up and being able to knock it down was big for us," Da'Monte Williams said.

Freshman Trent Frazier had another double digit game, scoring 14 points including a late-game three to give the Illini the lead.

"I've built a lot of confidence in taking those big-time shots at the end of the game, so it wasn't really pressure at that moment," Frazier added. "I just broke my guy down, took the shot, and I made it."

But while the freshman may won the game, Leron Black kept the Illini it it. The junior forward finished the game with 20 points and eleven rebounds.

"Leron carried us the first half. Great double-double," Brad Underwood said. "He might be playing as well as anybody in the Big Ten from an offensive standpoint."

"Honestly, if it wasn't for him in the first half, I don't think we would have been in the game," Frazier added. "He made a lot of tough shots and he made a lot of great passes.

And while Illinois adds another one to its win column, the Illini haven’t completely alleviated their nagging problems.

"They played harder than we did the first half. They played with more determination than we did in the first half," Underwood continued.

"It doesn't matter what the team name is. We've got to come out every game and play like it's an NCAA Tournament game," Frazier explained.

"Earlier in the season we might not have pulled this out," Black added. "It just shows we gaining experience and all the younger players are starting to learn the game and learning how to play. Hopefully it can carry over to conference play."

That'll wrap up non-conference play. The Illini travel to Minnesota as they jump back into Big Ten play on Wednesday. 


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