Dee Brown scored 20 points and No. 17 Illinois bounced back from a poor-shooting first half to beat Texas-Pan American, 71-59, yesterday in Champaign, Ill.
Brown hit five three-pointers for the Illini (2-0), who trailed by 10 points with 8 minutes 19 seconds remaining in the first half before their shots started to fall.
Pan American (1-1) was able to get the ball to the basket early and its zone defense kept the Illinois on the perimeter.
Nineteen of Illinois' 35 first-half shots were from behind the arc and it hit only six of them. Meanwhile, the Broncs were getting the ball inside.
A three-point play by Kano Edwards broke a tie at 13 and ignited a 10-0 run by Pan American.
Illini freshman Jamar Smith started Illinois' comeback when he finally got a three-pointer to go with 7:11 left. The Illini closed the half with a 23-9 run and led 36-32 lead at the break.
Pan Am cut the Illinois lead to two points twice early in the second half, but Augustine's jumper started an 8-0 run that put the Illini up 46-38, and the Broncs never got closer than five points again.
* BOSTON COLLEGE 70, SHAWNEE STATE (OHIO)51: Craig Smith had 14 points and 13 rebounds before watching the last seven minutes as the No. 11 Eagles coasted at home.
Jared Dudley scored 18 with nine rebounds, and Sean Marshall had 16 and nine for BC (2-0). Terrence Davison and Frank Hall each had 10 points, and Davison and Justin Brinkman had seven rebounds apiece for the Bears (3-3), an NAIA Division II program.
The game was scheduled as the first round of the Las Vegas Holiday Invitational but was played on Boston College's Chestnut Hill campus. A sparse crowd watched Shawnee State stay close for 10 minutes before the Eagles pulled away to remain unbeaten in their inaugural ACC season.
* PACIFIC 89, BOWIE STATE 60: Mike Webb scored 18 points to lead the Tigers over the Bulldogs in the opening game of the Hispanic College Fund Classic in Eugene, Ore.
Reserve guard Derick Payne scored 17 to lead Bowie State (2-1). The Bulldogs entered the game hitting 52 percent of their shots from the field. They wilted to 38 percent (24 for 64) against Pacific (2-0), which has made consecutive NCAA tournaments.
* ALABAMA 105, ALABAMA STATE 68: Freshman Richard Hendrix scored 22 points and had 14 rebounds to lead the No. 15 Crimson Tide at home.
The Crimson Tide (2-1) raced to a 59-24 halftime lead behind 21-of-33 shooting and Jermareo Davidson's 15 points, and had six players score in double figures.
* IOWA STATE 101, MOUNTAIN STATE (W. VA.) 82: Curtis Stinson scored a career-high 35 points and the No. 25 Cyclones, at home, won their season opener over the NAIA Cougars.