College basketball: Auburn falls to Illinois in Atlanta
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Auburn's Asauhn Dixon-Tatum (0) goes up over Illinois guard Joseph Bertrand (2) in the first half. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
Auburn's Asauhn Dixon-Tatum (0) goes up over Illinois guard Joseph Bertrand (2) in the first half. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
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ATLANTA -- Not everything went Auburn's way in Atlanta this weekend.

The Tigers' basketball team fell 81-62 to Illinois today in front of 2,259 at Philips Arena.

KT Harrell managed a career-high 23 points and Tahj Shamsid-Deen scored 13 but Auburn couldn’t come back from a 24-point halftime deficit.

Illinois (8-1) jumped out to a 41-17 halftime lead and never looked back, shooting 60 percent in the first half and upping it to 63 percent in the second half.

Rayvonte Rice led all scorers with 22 points, shooting 8-for-12 from the floor, while Tracy Abrams added 17 on 7-for-10 shooting and Jon Ekey had 14, going 5-for-7 from the floor and 4-for-6 from 3-point range.

Starting a different lineup for the first time this season, Auburn (4-3) was held to just 26.1 percent shooting in the first half before rebounding to shoot 51.7 percent in the second half, hitting 15-for-29 from the floor. Harrell scored 17 points in the second half as he and Shamsid-Deen combined for 30 of Auburn’s 45 second-half points.

Auburn will take 10 days off before returning to action Dec. 19 against Clemson at home.
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