Matthew Mayer giving Illinois impact despite early shooting slump

CHAMPAIGN — It was late in a blowout win, but that didn't matter to Matthew Mayer. A loose ball was on the floor and he was going after it.He dove ...

December 2, 2022
10:56 PM

CHAMPAIGN — It was late in a blowout win, but that didn't matter to Matthew Mayer. A loose ball was on the floor and he was going after it.He dove between a couple Syracuse bodies and knocked a loose ball out and eventually into the hands of Skyy Clark, who found RJ Melendez for a layup that was nearly an and-one that would have set off the State Farm Center crowd."Winner," coach Brad Underwood said. "He is a winner. He knows all about winning, it doesn't matter the score; it doesn't matter." Syracuse's Benny Williams (13) and Illinois' Matthew Mayer wait for a rebound during a Tuesday game in Champaign, Ill.

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