Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Illini Fall Victim to Late Rally

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Illini Fall Victim to Late Rally

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CHICAGO * AJ Harris had the game-winning 3-point play, Zach Lofton scored 23 points and New Mexico State rallied late for a 74-69 win over Illinois on Saturday night after losing a 15-point lead.

With the score tied at 69 in the final minute, Illinois had the ball coming out of a timeout with a chance to take the lead. But the Aggies came up with a steal and Harris converted on the fast break while being fouled. He hit the free throw with 29.2 seconds to go to make it 72-69.

Harris had 16 points on seven-of-eight shooting.

Eli Chuha had 11 points and hit a pair of free throws with three seconds left to seal the win.

Leron Black had 17 points and Te-Jon Lucas added 14 for Illinois (8-5).

The matchup in the United Center was a tribute to former coach Lou Henson, who is the winningest coach at both schools. Henson led New Mexico State his alma mater to the Final Four in 1970. …

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