CHAMPAIGN – Before he hit the layup line, Giorgi Bezhanishvili steal some popcorn from the score keeper. It must be good. For 10 minutes later, it came back for a second.
Bezhanishvili continued with a second-half performance that brought out the popcorn GIFs.
Illini's great owner made 35 points to raise career points, a record record for points in a new guy game, to guide Illinois to 99-94 overtime over Saturday Rutgers.
The Fiveini (9-15, 5-8 Big Ten) now won four of five of the Big Ten games and now the seventh place in the game is in possession. They are now 4-2 this season in conference games at the State Farm Center.
Bezhanishvili, who shot 14 out of 18 out of the field and 7-in-8 from the free-throw line, 29 points in the second half and overtime, including 15 points straight to Illinois from 9:39 a.m. to The 3: 19 marks of the second half to help Illinois cope with the Rutgers team who made a hard submission after intense shot.
Jordan had 10 points, Frazier Trent 17 extra points and Ayo Dosunmu There were 12 points.
Freshman Caleb McConnell led by Rutgers (11-12, 4-9 Big Ten) with 25 points. Montez Mathis 17, and Geo Baker and scored by Ron Harper Jr. 15 people ..
The Illini was in charge of 17-10, many thanks to two Frazier Trent 3-folding and swallowing from Ayo Dosunmu and Aaron Jordan – and he looked ready to wear the Knight Scarlet.
But Rutgers responded to a 9-0 run to take 19-17 leadership, four straight shots and Illinois lost just five, to show the Illini that this was going on.
Illinois and Rutgers, Staff No. 9 and No. 11, ranked adverse in aggressive efficiency, and then they blew in a slightly unexpected shootout game. Illinois took 34-27 lead with 6:07 left in both. But Rutgers made 8 of 11 shots during one piece to take a 18-6 run to take 45-40 buying and resulted in 45-42 half-time lead.
For the second half, Illinois emphasized Giorgi Bezhanishvili It does – and did it work. The big man made a new man through a field goal in the first 3:31 of the half. But Rutgers continued to go to the edge (and finished) at his will, scoring 10 points in the pain in the first five minutes of the half to keep 56-54 lead.
Illinois 63-60 dropped lead after free fighting Adonis De La Rosa – two earnings after stripped 7-footer Geo Baker, caused the fast break and pulled false from Martez Mathis – an Ayo Dosunmu layout and daunting Da & Monte Williams.
Then Bezhanishvili scored 17 of the other 19 points of Illini, but Rutgers was engaged in diana shots – 6 out of 8 – to match the 82-82 game with the 2:08 left. Aaron Jordan dropped a big point with two minutes left, and Illinois left at one remaining point with 30 seconds left. But after receiving it, Ayo Dosunmu successfully scored a pair of free wear, and Ron Harper Jr. scoring each other with 11 seconds left to send the game to overtime.
Rutgers scored the first four points of overtime. But Bezhanishvili scored 6 points during the run of 13-4 to eliminate the game.
In fact, Bezhanishvili tried Rutgers to 3 points on his last possession.
Is the Illinois basketball program going on? The Brad Underwood team has been strong in the past last week – mostly a pair of specialists. Dosunmu is living up to the hype, and Bezhanishvili has struggled with any dream of any truth in his life, not to mention his new season. With the win on Saturday – Rutgers has an enhanced team, so you do not have to grant this one – win the last season Illini (4-14 in general) … win seven games. The unconfiguration schedule was even more brutal than the most anticipated, but with three young players with the All-Big Ten prospect, the Illini is starting up like the team at the bottom of the Big Ten with the best chance break through the next season.
After a week and a half at home, Illinois starts a two-game stretch on the road with a trip to Columbus on Thursday for 6 p.m. Valentine's Day Festival (ESPN / 2). The Buckeyes hit the Illini 77-67 at the United Center on December 5. OSU No. 19 in the country at the time but just lost five conference games thereafter. The Buckeyes (usually 15-7, 5-6 Big Ten) wins three of their last four against the top ten (Nebraska, Rutgers and Penn State) teams. They enter the game on Sunday at Indiana as a predicted seed No. 8 sa Matrix Bracket.