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>>New Mexico State Downs Illinois
AJ Harris had the game-winning 3-point play, Zach Lofton scored 23 points and New Mexico State rallied late for a 74-69 win over Illinois after losing a 15-point lead.
With the score tied at 69 in the final minute, Illinois had the ball coming out of a timeout with a chance to take the lead. But the Aggies came up with a steal and Harris converted on the fastbreak while being fouled. He hit the free throw with 29.2 seconds to go to make it 72-69.
Harris had 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting.
Eli Chuha had 11 points and hit a pair of free throws with three seconds left to seal the win.
Leron Black had 17 points and Te-Jon Lucas added 14 for Illinois (8-5).
New Mexico State (9-2) led by as many as 15 points in the first half before Illinois opened the second half with a 13-1 run for a tie at 39.
The Illini led 48-43 with just under 10 minutes to play before the Aggies rallied.
Illinois faces Missouri on Saturday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
>>Bradley Beats Chicago State
Luuk van Bree led a balanced attack with 15 points, Darrell Brown had a double-double and Bradley took control early to defeat Chicago State 84-58 on Saturday.
Brown had 11 points and a career-high 10 assists for the Braves (8-2), who are off to their best start since opening 9-1 32 years ago. Donte Thomas and Jayden Hodgson added 13 points apiece.
Bradley, fifth in the country allowing just 58 points a game, held the Cougars to that mark even though they shot better than what the Braves allow. Chicago State shot 40 percent (22 of 55), making 6 of 18 behind the arc. Brady has held opponents to 26 percent from 3 and 36.3 percent overall.
Nate Kennell's 3-pointer capped an 8-0 run that had the Braves up 15-5 less than five minutes into the game and it was 48-30 at the half. The Cougars got it down to 12 on back-to-back baskets by Deionte Simmons but Bradley answered with a 17-2 run. Hodgson sandwiched a pair of 3s around one by van Bree that made it 73-46 with 6:52 left.
Montana Byrde had 14 points and Simmons 12 for Chicago State (2-12), which has lost eight straight.

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