(WSCR) – Illinois was behind by mere four points leading into the second half. Determined to win, Illinois more than doubled the points scored in the second half from the first to guarantee the win.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Demetri McCamey scored 29 points, including 11 straight in a key second-half stretch, to lead No. 16 Illinois to a 74-63 comeback victory over Oakland on Wednesday night.

The Illini (9-1) didn’t lead until McCamey hit a basket, drew a foul and made the free throw with just under 15 minutes left in the game. That put them ahead 37-36. He followed the three-point play with consecutive 3-pointers and a layup that put Illinois up 45-36. The Illini didn’t trail again.

Oakland (5-4) led 28-24 at the end of a sloppy first half. The first few minutes were inadvertently played with a smaller women’s ball.

D.J. Richardson added 16 points for Illinois, 12 on 3-pointers.

Reggie Hamilton led Oakland with 18 points while Will Hudson added 14.

Updated December 8, 2010

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