Louisville fends off Illinois State 69-66

Louisville fends off Illinois State 69-66
December 1, 2012, 4:43 pm
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Louisville's Russ Smith, center, goes up between the defense of Illinois State's Jon Ekey, left, and Nick Zeisloft during second half action of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville defeated Illinois St. 69-66. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Russ Smith scored 24 points and Peyton Siva added 20, including four 3-pointers, to help No. 5 Louisville edge Illinois State 69-66 on Saturday.

Down 3 with a chance to tie, Illinois State's Tyler Brown airballed a 3-pointer with eight seconds left that was saved by Bryant Allen to Jackie Carmichael. Carmichael found Brown for another chance at overtime, drawing considerable contact from Louisville's Chane Behanan as the buzzer sounded. Louisville (6-1) claimed the win with the shot awry and no foul called.

Up 67-66 with 43 seconds left, Behanan missed two free throws but made amends on the next defensive possession, pinning a Carmichael shot on the glass and grabbing the rebound. That set up Siva for two free throws for the game's final margin.

Illinois State (5-2) led 61-60 with 4:25 to play after being up nearly the entire first half. Brown led all scorers with.