Shannon shines in OT, No. 17 Illinois tops No. 2 Texas 85-78

Tue, Dec 6, 2022

Shannon shines in OT, No. 17 Illinois tops No. 2 Texas 85-78

NEW YORK (AP) - Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 12 of his 16 points in overtime, including the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:34 remaining, and No. 17 Illinois rallied to hand second-ranked Texas its first loss of the season, 85-78 on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic.

Jayden Epps added 11 points, including the final five points of regulation - a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left and two tying free throws with 8 seconds remaining. Epps then blocked Marcus Carr's jumper in the lane just before the buzzer to force overtime in an entertaining showdown at Madison Square Garden.

Matthew Mayer, who faced Texas several times at Baylor, tied a career high with 21 points as he made his first seven shots and finished 8 of 10.

Shannon, who missed eight of nine shots in regulation, took over in the extra period to help Illinois (7-2) beat a ranked foe for the second time this season.

Timmy Allen scored a season-high 21 points for Texas (6-1), which failed to open 7-0 for the first time since 2014-15. Tyrese Hunter added 10 points but Carr was held to nine points on 3-of-14 shooting as Texas had 12 shots blocked and shot 42%.


HOUSTON (AP) - Ja'Vier Francis scored 14 points, star Marcus Sasser had 12 points in the first eight minutes before leaving with a cut over his eye, and Houston coasted past North Florida.

Sasser, who entered the game averaging 17.5 points, made two 3-pointers early but got hit in the face and left with a cut that required stitches.

Jarace Walker had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Houston (9-0), and Tramon Mark scored 10.

Jarius Hicklen led the Ospreys (2-6) with 12 points.


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Standout freshman Nick Smith Jr. scored 22 points in just his third game as Arkansas overcame a sluggish offensive showing to beat North Carolina-Greensboro.

The Razorbacks (8-1) shot 33.3% and trailed for a majority of the game.

Makhi Mitchell had 13 points and 14 rebounds for Arkansas, Davis had 10 points and 10 boards, and Black scored 11 points.

Donovan Atwell led UNC Greensboro (4-6) with 12 points and Dante Treacy added 11.


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