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.
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.