Illinois Fighting Illini
#7 Wolverines end Illinois’ five-game win streak with 71-58 victory.
$25 per semester hike would help pay for $160 million renovations to home of Illini basketball.
Despite late run, Illini hold on for 5th straight win, 64-59.
Illini get revenge for earlier loss to in-state conference rival.
The win was the third straight for Illinois , which is clawing its way back into the postseason picture.
St. Louisan Tyler Griffey led the way for 17-8 Illinois with 16 points.
The Illini trailed 41-29 at halftime and by double digits for most of the second half before closing the game on a 13-2 run over the final 3:36.
Recruiting service Rivals.com ranked Illinois’ class 46th in the country and seventh in the Big Ten. Scout.com puts the Illini’s 2013 class 40th in the country and fifth in the 12-team conference.
Illinois and first-year coach John Groce, whose team has been doomed by cold shooting since mid-December and shot 37.1 percent Sunday, could do little but marvel at the Wolverines.
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