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Illinois' Terrence Shannon Jr. (0) drives into Virginia's Reece Beekman (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (WAND) - No. 19 Illinois was handed its first lost of the season in the Continental Tire Main Event Championship in Las Vegas Sunday.

The Illini (4-1, 0-0) hung tough with No. 16 Virginia, ultimately falling 70-61.

Jayden Epps led the way for Illinois with 14 points off the bench. 

Illinois will return to the State Farm Center Friday when they take on Lindenwood University at 8 p.m.

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