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MEN'S TOP 25 No. 1 Illini run record to 23-0



Published: Mon, February 7, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The second-ranked Tar Heels won easily at Florida State.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Deron Williams couldn't get one shot to fall. A lot of his passes, though, were right on target.

Williams had assists on Illinois' first seven baskets and finished with 11 as the top-ranked Illini remained unbeaten with a 60-47 victory over Indiana on Sunday. It was the lowest-scoring game of the season for Illinois (23-0, 9-0 Big Ten), which held the Hoosiers to their second-lowest output of the season.

"We got a 'W,' That's all I care about," said Williams, who was 0-for-7 from the field. His only point was a free throw with 2:15 remaining. "I just didn't shoot the ball well. I still got my teammates involved. That's what I try to do."

James Augustine scored 16 points and Luther Head had 13 for the Illini, who should remain the unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll for a second straight week. Dee Brown added 12 points and Roger Powell Jr. had 10.

The Illini let a 20-3 run to start the game evaporate as the Hoosiers outscored them 17-6 over the final 8:15 of the first half to trail 26-20.

"It was probably the worst thing to happen," Illini coach Bruce Weber said of the big early lead.

Head got into foul trouble and some spotty play from reserves caused the Illini to struggle against Indiana's zone defense.

"We weren't sharp, that's for sure," Weber said. "You're not going to play perfect all the time. You wish you could, but we didn't."

Illinois and No. 5 Boston College (20-0) are the only unbeaten teams remaining in Division I.

Illinois' previous low was a 67-45 win over Cincinnati on Dec. 31.

Indiana (10-10, 5-4) scored a season-low 45 against Notre Dame on Dec. 8.

The Hoosiers played without leading scorer Bracey Wright, who missed the game with an injured left ankle. Coach Mike Davis started four freshmen against the Illini.

"What better growing up pill to give them than to play them on the road against the No. 1 team in the country in an environment like this," Davis said.

Robert Vaden and D.J. White, both freshmen, each scored 12 points for the Hoosiers, who shot 38 percent from the field.

No. 2 N. Carolina 81, Florida St. 60

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Rashad McCants' dunk ignited a 25-6 run down the stretch for North Carolina (19-2, 8-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Florida State (11-11, 3-6) clawed back from an 18-point first-half deficit to within 49-48 on Diego Romero's 3-pointer with 14:16 left.

But McCants, who led all scorers with 16 points, dunked a pass from Raymond Felton 20 seconds later. Within 9 minutes, the Tar Heels were up 74-54 as Florida State went scoreless for more than 7 minutes.

A year ago, North Carolina blew a 24-point lead at Florida State, losing 90-81 in overtime.

Felton added 14 points while Sean May and Marvin Williams each had 13 for the Tar Heels.




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