Painful Loss for Illinois at Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP)- DeShawn Freeman scored 21 points and hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds left to lead Rutgers past Illinois 62-59 on Saturday.

Freeman hit the game-winner from the wing, before flinging Tracy Abrams’ missed 3-point attempt into the student section.

Illinois led 44-34 after Michael Fink made a 3-pointer with 14:44 to go but Rutgers (14-17, 3-15 Big Ten) rallied, taking a 55-54 lead with five minutes remaining after Corey Sanders scored six straight points.

Malcolm Hill and Maverick Morgan each scored 16 points for Illinois (18-13, 8-10).

Corey Sanders had 17 points for Rutgers.

BIG PICTURE

Illinois: The Illini ended the regular season winning four out of five, but the loss may end its NCAA Tournament hopes and coach John Groce’s tenure.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights end a once promising regular season. After an 11-2 start under first-year coach Steve Pikiell, Rutgers managed to win just three games in the Big Ten. However, that matches the total from the first two seasons.

UP NEXT

Illinois: Will head back East for the Big Ten Tournament in Washington DC.

Rutgers: Locked in as the No. 14 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.

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