Illinois Fighting Illini players and coaches pose for a team photo with the trophy after defeating the Butler Bulldogs during the 2012 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational championship game at the Lahaina Civic Center. Illinois defeated Butler 78-61. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Maui, HI (Sports Network) - Brandon Paul scored 20 points to lead the Illinois Fighting Illini to the Maui Invitational title with a 78-61 win over the Butler Bulldogs at the Lahaina Civic Center.
Tracy Abrams totaled 17 points and D.J. Richardson and Tyler Griffey each added 14 for Illinois (6-0). Richardson also had a game-high nine rebounds.
Rotnei Clarke was the only player in double figures for Butler (3-2) with 27 points.
After shooting an even 50.0 percent from the floor, including 7-of-17 from 3-point range, Illinois led 39-28 at the end of the first half.
The Illini shot just 45.0 percent in the second half but used an 18-5 edge from the free throw line to secure the win.
Paul was named tournament MVP after averaging 19.7 points per game during the event.
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