Illinois signee's team advances

Illinois signee's team advances

With Lon Kruger and assistant Robert McCullum watching, Illinois basketball recruit Cleotis Brown scored nine points to help Southern Union (Ala.) State advance at the National Junior College Athletic Association Basketball Tournament on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-4 Brown, who signed with the UI in November, hit 4 of 14 shots, didn't attempt a three-pointer, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out four assists in Southern Union's 61-59 win over Ricks, Idaho, in Hutchinson, Kan.

Southern Union, 21-9, advances to today's quarterfinals, where it will meet Tennessee's Shelby State at 6 p.m. today.

The championship game is Saturday night.