Illinois Falls to Providence in Jimmy V Classic

Illinois walked into Madison Square Garden looking to win a game in front of a national television audience, but unfortunately Providence stood in the way. After Illinois jumped ahead 12-0 in the first five minutes of the game, Providence controlled the game until the final buzzer sounded on Providence's 70-51 Upset of No. 14 Illinois. James Augustine led Illinois with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while guard Dee Brown and Deron Williams could only combine for seven points.

In front of a national television audience and Dick Vitale on ESPN, Illinois was supposed to use Tuesday night's game against Providence in the Jimmy V Classic as a statement game, but unfortunately for the Fighting Illini, Providence made the statement in a 70-51 upset of the No. 14 ranked Illini.

Providence was led by junior center Ryan Gomes, who recorded his second double double of the season with 24 points and 12 rebounds, 8 offensive. Also scoring in double figures for the Friars were junior Rob Sanders (15) and sophomore Donnie McGrath (15).

Illinois once again had trouble keeping their opponent off the offensive glass as Providence was able to pull down seventeen offensive rebounds, half of their 34.

James Augustine led the Fighting Illini with his second consecutive double double, scoring 16 points and pulling down 11 rebounds, 5 offensive. The only other Illinois player to score in double figures was Roger Powell who added 13 for the Illini.

In an anomoly this season, Illinois was unable to get any sustained scoring out of their backcourt asthe Illini backcourt was constantly bothered by the Friar's 2-3 matchup zone defense. Starters Dee Brown and Deron Williams only combined for seven points, twenty-five below their combined season average.

Deron Williams may have played the worst game of his Illinois career on Tuesday evening as he only shot one out of eight from the floor and turned the ball over nine times.

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