Freshman Cory Bradford had 19 points and classmate Robert Archibald added 14 Wednesday night as Illinois beat Georgetown 65-50 in the third-place game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
The Illini (1-1), who have eight freshmen and sophomores on their 11-man roster, lost 75-73 in overtime to Wake Forest in the opening round of the tournament at Madison Square Garden.
The Hoyas (0-2) struggled again offensively as in the opening-round 65-49 loss to No. 7 Temple.
Bradford, a 6-foot-2 guard, was 6-for-8 from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. He had five points in a 10-4 run to open the second half that gave Illinois a 41-23 lead. The Illini, who shot only 39 percent from the field (23-for-59), led by 20 points three times, the last at 57-37 on a basket by Bradford with 6:17 to play.
Sergio McClain, Illinois' leading returning scorer at 3.5 points per game, added 11 points, and Rich Beyers had 10 for the Illini, who finished with a 44-30 rebound advantage.
Jameel Watkins and Anthony Perry each had 10 points for Georgetown, which shot 39.6 percent (19-for-48), including 2-for-20 from 3-point range. That was an improvement over the 30.4 percent effort (17-for-56) in the loss to Temple, but the turnovers against Illinois went up from 16 to 20.
Perry, a sophomore who didn't play last season over an academic eligibility question, and freshman point guard Kevin Braswell had another rough game in the backcourt for the Hoyas, combining to go 8-for-23 from the field with eight turnovers. Against Temple, the two were 11-for-29 with 11 turnovers.
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