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Recap: Illini defeat Bretigny Select 95-73 amidst news of Darius Paul's arrest

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Illinois battled through the distraction created by their teammate to secure a second win in Europe.

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Hey, there was a Fighting Illini basketball game today! The main storyline surrounding the program is and will continue to be Darius Paul's latest arrest, but the team responded well by defeating Bretigny Select 95-73 to improve to 2-1 on their European exhibition tour. Leron Black led the way with a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds); Kendrick Nunn, Aaron Jordan, and Mike Thorne each added 12 points.

The Illinois starters for Saturday's exhibition were Jaylon Tate, Aaron Jordan, D.J. Williams, Michael Finke, and Mike Thorne. It's good to see that Groce elected to give the newcomers some more experience.

Game Highlights:

Game Statistics:

Injury Report:

  • Jalen Coleman-Lands (foot stress fracture)
  • Darius Paul (shoulder, arrest, suspension, flight home)
  • Tracy Abrams (Achilles tendon, not traveling with team)
  • Khalid Lewis (not traveling with team)

Next Game:

The final game of Illinois' European trip will be Monday at 12:30pm CT against AMW Select. You can view the team's full schedule here.

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