The University of Illinois Fighting Illini made it three wins in three days as they posted a 78-61 win over the Butler Bulldogs in the title game of the Maui Invitational last night. Tournament MVP Brandon Paul led the Illini with 20 points.

Tracy Abrams added 17 points while D.J. Richardson and Tyler Griffey each scored 14 in the win. Richardson also had a game-high nine rebounds for the Illini. Rotnei Clarke was the only Butler player to reach double digits. He finished with 27 points in the loss.

Illinois head coach John Groce says veteran experience played a large part in the tournament victory.


Illinois head coach John Groce says his team was mentally tough during the entire tournament.

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With the win, the Ilini improve to 6 and 0 to start the season.  Illinois hosts Gardner-Webb on Sunday.