WCIA — Illini men’s basketball will head into consistent Big 10 play next week, but they didn’t quite get the sendoff they expected. On December 29th, 2018 the Illini suffered a 73-71 overtime loss to Florida Atlantic University.
Ayo Dosunmu had a bounce back game, scoring over 20 points for just the second time this season. He also gave the Illini the second chance they needed, scoring a three-pointer to send it into overtime. But as FAU pulled an upset, Saturday was not the turning point in the season the Illini had hoped for.
“I wanted this to be that game. I wanted this to be the identity to go out the second-half and guard like we did,” says head coach Brad Underwood. “We had 19 deflections at half. And we’re immature. When the ball doesn’t go in, that affects us at the other end. It’s things we gotta grow out of, and we’ve got to learn from it because they hurt you. Because we don’t pass and we over-dribble, then it becomes a problem. We just stood out there and dribbled the ball excessively so we’ve got to find that and again we’re just going to keep working on it.”
The Illini will face Indiana on Thursday January 3rd, 2019 for their first Big 10 game of the season.