"Honestly I've worked the hardest this offseason that I've ever worked and right I've worked the hardest I've ever worked", said FInke.
The Illini snap their three-game losing streak but they've got another tough match on the road against UNLV on Saturday.
Black scored 16 points (5-9 FG) and brought down four rebounds. The Governors pressured the ball, forcing 25 Illini (7-3) turnovers, just one shy of the all-time IL record at the State Farm Center. "I probably did a bad job with some of stuff around the four-minute mark, but I gotta give IL a lot of credit, they took us out of ball-reversal and things like that". IL committed 25 turnovers in the game, a number that Underwood does not care for very much. Both teams finished with 15.4 percent shooting from 3-point range, 2 of 13.
Austin Peay led by four points with 5:53 minutes left in the second half before IL responded with an 18-7 run to close the game.
He just got up each day and made himself better. Terry Taylor added 13 for the Governors, who shot 41.4 percent (24-of-58) from the field for the game. Austin Peay did not get into the bonus until the final seconds of the game.
The Illini improved their lackluster shooting in the first half with a 50 percent second half to finish just under 40 percent (21-of-53) for the game.
6-foot-7 Austin Peay junior forward Averyl Ugba scored a team-high 15 points (7- 10 FG) while bringing down 8 rebounds, which was also a team-high.
It was the first lineup change IL has made to the starting five this season. "He knew our moves, and we knew his", Underwood said about the flow of the game with both coaches knowing a great deal about what the other was going to try and do.
Overall, this should be a way for IL to get back on the winning track and maybe implement some new wrinkles into their play.
The game is scheduled for an 11 p.m. tip-off, and will be televised on ESPN2.