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UI Men''s Basketball Game 34 Box Score

Illinois 72

Creighton 60

Williams listens well

   CHICAGO  Everybody had something to say, even the freshmen. Frank Williams listened to the advice and took some of his own.

   After a scoreless first half against Creighton, the Illinois leader owned the second half of Sunday''s game. All 20 of his points came after the break, the junior breaking Nick Anderson''s school record for points in NCAA tournament games.

Tate: When Illini need him, Williams delivers

   CHICAGO  Sometimes, and particularly in the Windy City, it seems like Frank Williams can''t win  even when he wins.

   If he enjoys three great halves Friday through Sunday, the inevitable questions persist: What happened in the other half? If he can send Creighton back to Omaha, Neb., with 20 points in the last 20 minutes, how could he get blanked earlier? Did he need coach Bill Self''s spicy midgame comments to awaken him Sunday?

Sights and Sounds from News-Gazette staffers

   NICE MOVE

    The arenas were full. The parents were in the stands. And the missed class time was reduced.

Weather helps UI take title

   Despite rain washing out the final day of the Winthrop tournament Sunday in Rock Hill, S.C., the Illinois softball team was declared champions of the Gold Division based on its 3-1 record in pool play and fewest runs allowed.

   Illinois allowed three runs and scored 31 for the weekend.

Bradford silences Korver

   CHICAGO  Frank Williams got a lot of the glory for his scoring, Brian Cook turned heads with his offensive performance and Lucas Johnson delighted the crowd with a few crash landings.

   But a quiet performance by Cory Bradford was key to keeping Creighton''s top scorer quiet in Illinois'' 72-60 second-round win Sunday at the United Center, according to Illini coach Bill Self.

UI junior delivers victory

   Illinois had eight hits Saturday, and it can thank junior Andy Schutzenhofer for half of them.

   Schutzenhofer went 4 for 6 with a pair of doubles as the Illinois baseball team recorded 18 hits and beat Northeastern 19-8 in Bradenton, Fla.

Illini moving up in world

   CHAMPAIGN  Iveta Marcauskaite has established herself as one of the best in the Big Ten. In two more years, she might be known as one of the best in Illinois history.

   With 15 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots in Saturday''s WNIT defeat against Michigan State, the sophomore from Lithuania has put herself in position to break a bevy of UI records.

Tate: UI must stop Creighton´s instant star

   CHICAGO  Inconsistency might be the hobgoblin haunting Creighton gunner Terrell Taylor, but as Illini coach Bill Self said: The past is irrelevant. All he has to do is be consistent Sunday.

   Self will watch for the Missouri Valley''s Sixth Man of the Year to come flying off the bench in today''s NCAA second-round matchup with the surprising Bluejays. Few subs ever have had greater impact than the junior from Bridgeport, Conn., who sank his eighth trey in the final second of double overtime to upset Florida 83-82 Friday.

Brain, brawn get workout

   CHAMPAIGN  His 40-yard dash time already was in the books, and a bevy of NFL scouts had watched him catch balls about an hour before.

   But there was Muhammad Abdullah sitting at a table by himself earlier this week in the nearly empty indoor practice facility. His teammates were gone, and only a trio of scouts was waiting for Abdullah to complete one of the Jacksonville Jaguars'' aptitude tests.