Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: On this date
Twelve years ago Sunday at Chicago’s United Center, No. 5 Illinois topped No. 7 Arizona 81-73 in a 53-foul street brawl. A crowd of 19,533 watched Cory Bradford break the NCAA record for consecutive games with a three-pointer. Bradford’s 74th straight game with a trey broke the 14-year record of Virginia Tech’s Wally Lancaster. Five Illini players scored in double figures, including Marcus Griffin (15), Bradford (13), Frank Williams (12), Brian Cook (10) and Sergio McClain (10). In other memorable Illini moments on this date:
1930: The Illini basketball squad held Illinois Wesleyan to just one field goal and five free throws in the final 20 minutes to win 37-19.
1944: Despite a near-record 26 points by All-American George Mikan, Illinois defeated DePaul at Chicago Stadium 43-40.
1950: UI’s Irv Bemoras hit a free throw to lift the Illini past DePaul at the Chicago Stadium. Bemoras (14 points), Bob Peterson (16), Ted Beach (14) and Clive Folmer (13) scored 57 of the team’s 69 points.
1951: The football team left for the 1952 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
1971: Nick Weatherspoon and Billy Morris combined to score 50 points and grab 32 rebounds in an 84-78 victory against Georgia at the Assembly Hall.
1977: The Illini topped BYU, led by Neil Bresnahan’s 24 points and 18 rebounds.
1985: The first Dick Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker, was awarded to Oklahoma’s Brian Bosworth.
1992: Illini volleyball star Kirsten Gleis was named to the AVCA first-team All-America squad.
Sunday: Donnie Payne, baseball (40)
Monday: Steve Weatherford, football (30)
Tuesday: Pierre Thomas, football (28)
Wednesday: Jay Scott, golf (40)
Thursday: Molly Lawhead, softball (28)
Friday: Amber Moore, basketball (22)
Saturday: Dennis Nevolo, tennis (23)
By Mike Pearson, author of Illini Legends, Lists & Lore and assistant athletic director at Miami (Ohio)
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