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Illinois squeaks past St. Bonaventure, 48-43

Brandon Paul scored 12 points in the final four minutes Wednesday to keep No. 24 Illinois undefeated with a sloppy 48-43 comeback win over St. Bonaventure.

Paul finished off a three-point play to tied it at 41 with 2:39 left and Meyers Leonard gave the Illini (9-0) their first lead since the first half with a pair of free throws shortly afterward.

Paul finished with 17 points. D.J. Richardson added 11 and Leonard had eight rebounds.

Andrew Nicholson led St. Bonaventure (3-4) with 17 points and eight rebounds.