St. Bonaventure Vs. llinois: Fighting Illini Claw Out Home Victory

It wasn't easy, but Illinois earned a home win against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies on Wednesday.

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Illinois Vs. St. Bonaventure Final Score: Illini Earn Hard Fought Win

No. 22 Illinois trailed at halftime to St. Bonaventure on Wednesday, but junior guard Brandon Paul sparked a rally to give the Illini a hard fought 48-43 victory at Assembly Hall. Paul earned five points by himself on one late possession, and finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, and three steals. The win moves the Illini to 9-0.

Junior guard D.J. Richardson added 11 points in the win for Illinois. Sophomore center Meyers Leonard finished with nine points and eight rebounds. No one on the Illini's bench scored.

The game was sloppy throughout. The Bonnies finished 17-of-48 (35.4%) from the field, while Illinois was just 15-of-47 (31.9%) on field goals.

Andrew Nicholson led the Bonnies with 17 points and eight rebounds. Demitrius Conger and Matthew Wright each scored six for St. Bonaventure, who fell to 3-4 with the loss.

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St. Bonaventure Vs. Illinois: Fighting Illini Hope To Stay Unbeaten

Illinois faces the St. Bonaventure Bonnies at home as they hope to win their ninth consecutive game to start the season.

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