A list of post-game notes following Illinois' 63-62 win against Gardner Webb…
Groce: 'Seniors Die Hard'
CHAMPAIGN –John Groce had a blank stare on his face during his approach to shake hands with Gardner Webb coach Chris Holtmann in the aftermath of Sunday's game. Groce let out a sigh of relief, his demeanor and body language the direct result of Illinois' hard fought 63-62 victory, capped by a 3-pointer by Tyler Griffey with 4.4 seconds left to go. The look on Groce's face, echoed by his message to Holtmann, a close friend and former college teammate, said it all – the Illini could have lost this game. Groce and Holtmann hugged for an extended period of time, with Groce doing most of the talking. "He felt like he got one that was in the balance and maybe, certainly could have gone either way," Holtmann said of the conversation. Illinois started slow, had trouble scoring, turned the ball over too much and trailed on two different occasions with less than a minute to go. The built in excuses were there for the taking. This was Illinois' sixth game in nine days, a Sunday afternoon...
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