Illini comeback falls short against Maryland

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Illinois coach Brad Underwood brought a 109-27 career record into Friday night's season opener against Southern University. Illinois coach Brad Underwood brought a 109-27 career record into Friday night's season opener against Southern University.

CHAMPAIGN -- For the second game in a row the Illini came up short in an overtime thriller, falling to Maryland 92-91 in the Big Ten home opener Sunday.

In a game that was truly a tale of two halves, the Illini (6-3, 0-2) came from 22 points down and took the lead on a Mark Alstork three-pointer with 1:51 left in regulation.

Maryland (7-3, 1-1)  tied the game on a Bruno Fernando putback as time expired, and eventually scored the winning point on an Anthony Cowan free throw with .6 seconds left in overtime.

Illinois will look to snap a three game skid against Austin Peay at home on Wednesday (7 p.m., BTN).

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