NCAAB Game Recap - Nicholls State at Illinois
Tue Nov 5, 2019 8:00 PM EST

MSU
62
KY
69
F
Kansas
66
Duke
68
F
Lou
87
Mia-FL
74
F
NFla
59
Fla
74
F
HolyC
71
MD
95
F
AlSt
64
Gonz
95
F
Army
54
Vill
97
F
Merrim
71
Seton
105
F
E IL
60
TxTch
85
F
SCSt
64
Mem
97
F
Fres
57
Oreg
71
F
CenAR
61
Baylor
105
F
MTSt
73
UtSt
81
F
Jacksn
57
Xav
76
F
StMar
65
Wisc
63
F(OT)
GaSo
74
Aub
83
F
StFPA
58
VACom
72
F
(N/A)
61
MidTN
119
F
ChBap
40
Lamar
86
F
HBU
72
Tuls
80
F
(N/A)
71
How
68
F
Princ
67
Duques
94
F
Cnten
57
NWSt
84
F
(N/A)
46
UMBC
134
F
Samf
86
MorSt
90
F(2OT)
SacHr
60
Prov
106
F
Furm
70
GWebb
63
F
Ersk
63
Woff
86
F
Brad
81
StJos
86
F
LongI
65
URI
76
F
Brown
73
Bry
71
F
(N/A)
55
NoKY
105
F
(N/A)
51
Longw
73
F
W&M
70
HiPt
56
F
(N/A)
77
WriSt
96
F
GrgWas
58
Tows
72
F
UNCA
63
Tenn
78
F
Yale
74
Stony
69
F(OT)
MD-ES
46
PSU
84
F
(N/A)
66
Oakl
94
F
(N/A)
29
UNH
93
F
(N/A)
83
UNCW
103
F
NCAT
50
UNCG
83
F
App
71
Mich
79
F
UMassL
64
UMass
79
F
Monm
66
Leh
62
F
W IL
65
Ind
98
F
(N/A)
27
Harv
84
F
WCU
72
UGA
91
F
Navy
55
GMas
68
F(OT)
(N/A)
81
FlAtl
92
F
Buck
68
Fairf
64
F
(N/A)
52
FaDi
101
F
Chat
68
E KY
79
F
VMI
68
ECU
80
F
Bridg
51
Del
97
F
Bingha
64
Corn
84
F
Rider
91
Copp
84
F
Campbl
75
CoCar
74
F
VaTec
67
Clem
60
F
USC-Up
55
Charl
74
F
(N/A)
62
CenMI
102
F
Hartfo
74
CenCT
59
F
(N/A)
73
BGSU
94
F
NE
72
Boston
67
F
(N/A)
43
Ball
87
F
Malon
64
Akr
81
F
(N/A)
84
Elon
90
F
(N/A)
55
Lipsco
104
F
(N/A)
71
ChaSo
99
F
PaulQ
57
SamH
95
F
Ohio
65
StBon
53
F
Amer
80
Sien
96
F
Thiel
53
YSU
101
F
(N/A)
48
TN-M
106
F
JarCh
62
PVAM
100
F
SprH
58
NOrl
114
F
ArkPB
41
SoFL
70
F
NebOm
54
WichSt
68
F
(N/A)
26
Stetsn
84
F
Toled
77
Valpa
79
F
TexSA
67
Okla
85
F
LoyMD
53
Marq
88
F
MsVl
74
IaSt
110
F
TexPA
57
SDSt
70
F
(N/A)
62
WIMil
72
F
TNTec
64
W Ky
76
F
(N/A)
50
TexAr
84
F
N CO
45
Tex
69
F
AlaAM
66
TNSt
106
F
ArkLR
67
MOSt
66
F
LoyLA
67
ULLa
95
F
FlGlf
67
StLou
89
F
(N/A)
48
SIU
76
F
(N/A)
71
SoMis
90
F
JacSt
65
SMU
74
F
OlDom
53
NrthIA
58
F
(N/A)
40
N TX
79
F
LACol
41
ULMo
64
F
FlInt
69
MisSt
77
F
Clev
50
Minn
85
F
UCDav
48
LoyIL
82
F
NDSt
54
KansSt
67
F
(N/A)
72
IL-C
75
F
Nich
70
Ill
78
F(OT)
Rice
43
Ark
91
F
Penn
81
Alab
80
F
(N/A)
60
ChiSt
103
F
Colum
63
Lafy
65
F
Drex
62
Temp
70
F
(N/A)
59
Norf
100
F
GaTec
82
NCSU
81
F(OT)
(N/A)
45
TxSt
103
F
OakCi
67
APSU
110
F
Alc
54
DeP
72
F
KennSt
55
Crei
81
F
(N/A)
55
UtVal
72
F
IdaSt
40
Wyo
54
F
(N/A)
70
UTEP
93
F
(N/A)
66
S UT
110
F
(N/A)
46
NMSt
92
F
(N/A)
82
GrCan
73
F
Denv
63
ColSt
74
F
CS-Ful
58
BYU
76
F
UCRiv
66
Nebras
47
F
(N/A)
49
UMKC
102
F
(N/A)
25
E WA
107
F
(N/A)
52
SIU-E
61
F
StFNY
59
Ford
68
F
(N/A)
64
Seatt
98
F
(N/A)
62
LoyMa
105
F
(N/A)
52
SCla
97
F
SonSt
50
USF
101
F
TXSo
42
SDSU
77
F
UCIrv
76
USD
73
F
(N/A)
36
Portl
86
F
(N/A)
47
Pacif
69
F
IPFW
71
UNLV
86
F
Everg
82
Ida
88
F
Pepp
71
Cal
87
F
(N/A)
49
Bois
126
F
JackSt
70
CBap
93
F
(N/A)
39
AbCh
90
F
NDdN
51
CSBak
103
F
Utah
79
Nev
74
F
(N/A)
69
PorSt
94
F
FlaAM
48
USC
77
F
CSNor
67
OrSt
87
F

Nov 5, 2019, 8:00 PM EST

Final (OT)

1

2

OT

T

Nicholls State (0-1)

19

47

4

70

Illinois (1-0)

30

36

12

78

Feliz helps Illinois hold off Nicholls State 78-70 in OT
Tue Nov 5, 2019 11:50 PM

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Andres Feliz scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Illinois beat Nicholls State 78-70 in overtime on Tuesday in a season opener for both teams.

Ayo Dosunmu scored 21, Giorgi Bezhanishvili added 11 points, and freshman big man Kofi Cockburn had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Fighting Illini.

Nicholls State was led by Dexter McClanahan's game-high 25 points. Elvis Harvey Jr. added 16 points for the Colonels.

Illinois was up 30-19 at the half and led by 20 points early in the second half before going cold. Nicholls State went on an 8-0 run late in regulation to tie the game at 64-64 with 1:48 left. Meanwhile, the Illini went the final five minutes of regulation without a field goal.

"I thought we were outplayed tonight," Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. "We just weren't mentally tuned in. Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled we won the game. But we'll do better next time."

Nicholls State coach Austin Claunch did not meet with the media following the game.

NEVER TOO LATE

Down 66-64 after Harvey's two free throws with less than two minutes left, the usually hot-handed Trent Frazier scored his first points of the game, sinking two free throws to send the game to overtime.

"It was obviously a tough game tonight," Frazier said. "I just have to find a way to help us win."

Illinois finally warmed up in the extra frame, with Feliz hitting two field goals and two free throws to seal the victory.

"I'm a team guy," Feliz said. "And I'm going to do what the team wants and needs."

THE BIG MEN

Giorgi Bezhanishvili (6-foot-9) and Cockburn (7-0) provide considerable height and strength under the basket, but Underwood wants more.

"There should be collisions under that rim, like freight trains, with those two in there," Underwood said. "We had some of that tonight, but we need more."

The pair combined for 21 points and 18 rebounds Tuesday.

"They'll get there," Underwood said. "It's just a matter of time."

CHARITY STRIPE

Illinois won the game at the free-throw line, sinking 19 of 29 to the Colonels' 8-of-9 effort.

"I couldn't be happier about our free throws," Underwood said. "Given our past there, I thought we did a nice job at the line when it counted."

HE SAID IT

"Everyone thought we were going to win, so Nicholls State had nothing to lose. So, they went out and made their shots," Dosunmu said. "We just need to keep on winning, no matter what. Rome wasn't built in a night."

BIG PICTURE

Illinois was expected to coast past Nicholls State, but poor shooting (27 of 61 from the field) and turnovers (Illinois had 23 to Nicholls State's 16) made things a lot closer than they should have been. It could be rust or just opening night jitters, but coach Brad Underwood's squad needs to get it together before starting a two-game road trip.

UP NEXT

Nicholls State: The Colonels travel to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Illinois: The Illini begin a two-game road trip against Grand Canyon on Friday before facing No. 21 Arizona on Sunday.

Leaders

Nicholls State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
L. McGhee 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Hunter 0 0 0 0 0 0
Illinois PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Underwood 0 0 0 0 0 0
K. Nichols 0 0 0 2 1 0

Team Comparison

Nich Ill
Points For 70 78
Field Goals 27/66-41% 27/61-44%
Three Pointers 8/20-40% 5/19-26%
Free Throws 8/9-89% 19/29-66%
Offensive Rebounds 6 20
Defensive Rebounds 17 33
Rebounds 28 56
Blocks 4 2
Steals 11 6
Turnovers 16 23
Personal Fouls 29 17
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Ill Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Nov 5 Nich 70 @ Ill 78 K. Johnson 4 D. Williams 2

Game Information

Stadium: State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois
Attendance: 10,034
Game Time: