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Illinois Hosts American Saturday; College Basketball Notes

 width=>>Fighting Illini Host American Tomorrow

(Champaign, IL) -- The Fighting Illini are on their home floor tomorrow afternoon against American University. Illinois is 25th in this week's "USA Today" Coaches Poll. The Illini lost 70-61 at number-15 Miami on Tuesday to fall to 6-and-1. The Eagles are 5-and-3 after losing at Brown Wednesday.

>>LSU Upsets West Virginia

Josh Gray's layup with six seconds to go lifted LSU to a 74-73 win over No. 16 West Virginia in an SEC/Big 12 Challenge game on Thursday.

LSU trailed by one after Daxter Miles Jr.'s tip-in. Out of a timeout, Gray drove the lane on an isolation play for an uncontested layup to push the Tigers in front.

Tim Quarterman had 21 points off the bench and Jarell Martin scored 18 points with 14 rebounds for the Tigers (6-2), who had lost 14 straight road games against ranked opponents since beating No. 13 West Virginia in overtime in 2005.

Jordan Mickey, LSU's leading scorer, spent most of the first half on the bench due to foul trouble and finished with four points and six rebounds.

Staten paced the Mountaineers (7-1) with 17 points and Miles totaled 13.

>>Iowa State Pounds Arkansas

Bryce Dejean-Jones and Georges Niang had 27 and 26 points, respectively, and No. 20 Iowa State cruised past 18th-ranked Arkansas 95-77 on Thursday as part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

Dejean-Jones made all eight of his shots and went 4-of-4 from beyond the arc for the Cyclones (5-1), who have won 24 straight non-conference home games. Niang added eight assists and six rebounds.

Dustin Hogue tallied 14 points for Iowa State, which shot 64 percent from the field and went 10-of-19 from 3-point range. Monte Morris and Naz Long had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Bobby Portis ended with 19 points and eight rebounds for the Razorbacks (6-1). Alandise Harris donated 15 points.

NCAA Top-25 Men's Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
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