Syracuse basketball manages a mere 44 points, and Illinois wins big (Donna Ditota’s quick hits)


Champaign, Ill. — Syracuse came into the State Farm Center after a tough home loss to Bryant. The No. 16 Illini were certain to be a difficult test, particularly on their home court, where students ring the bottom bowl and are very, very loud.

Illinois took a 30-23 lead into the locker room. Illinois was no offensive juggernaut, but the Orange, simply, could not score.