Illinois basketball advances to Maui Invitational final with 84-61 win
ASSOCIATED PRESS November 20, 2012 11:50PM
Illinois guard Tracy Abrams (13) ducks under Chaminade forward Rhys Murphy (25) to shoot a reverse layup in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Maui Invitational on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
Updated: November 20, 2012 11:59PM
LAHAINA, Hawaii — Joseph Bertrand had a season-high 14 points as Illinois beat Division II Chaminade 84-61 on Tuesday night to advance to the final of the Maui Invitational.
Brandon Paul scored 13 points, D.J. Richardson had 11 and Tyler Griffey added 10 as the Illini denied the tournament’s host school a chance at shocking the college hoops world on consecutive nights. Illinois (5-0) shot 49 percent from the field and never trailed.
Illinois will play Butler on Wednesday night for the tournament title. Butler took down the eight-team field’s only ranked team earlier Tuesday, beating No. 9 North Carolina 82-71.
Chaminade (3-2) will play UNC in the third-place game. The tiny Catholic school became a trending topic on Twitter after a rout of Texas on Monday night.