Illinois beats Oklahoma State 65-49 to take third place in the Maui Invitational
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP)—Trent Meacham scored 17 points and Illinois beat cold-shooting Oklahoma State 65-49 on Wednesday in the third-place game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
The Fighting Illini (3-1) bounced back from a 79-66 loss to No. 13 Duke in the semifinals and played most of the game without leading scorer Brian Randle.
The same couldn’t be said for the Cowboys (2-3), who lost 91-61 in the semifinals to No. 11 Marquette. The Cowboys shot 30.6 percent for the game (15-for-49), including 6-for-23 in the first half as they fell behind 30-17.
Terrel Harris had 12 points to lead Oklahoma State.
Randle, a 6-foot-8 senior who averaged 14.8 points over the first three games of the season, was injured seven minutes into the game when he was defending Oklahoma State’s Marcus Dove on a drive to the basket. An Illinois spokesman said he suffered a left leg contusion and he never returned to the game, finishing without a point.
Calvin Brock added 12 points for the Illini, whose bench outscored Oklahoma State by two points in the first half. Illinois shot 48.9 percent for the game (23-for-47), including 12-for-19 in the second half (63.2 percent) as it went ahead by as many as 21 points, the last time on a free throw by Shaun Pruitt with 3:50 to play.
This was the Illini’s third trip to Maui and their previous finishes were a third in 1987 and a second in 2000.
Oklahoma State was making its first appearance in the tournament.
This was the first meeting between the schools since 1954. Illinois leads the series 3-1.