Notre Dame holds off Illinois 76-74 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame guards TJ Gibbs and D.J. Harvey scored 19 points each, and Juwan Durham sparked his team with all of his 10 points and five blocked shots in the second half, as the Irish held off late-charging Illinois 76-74 in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game Tuesday night.

Trent Frazier's 24-foot, solid-look 3-point try for the Illini rimmed out just before time expired.

Durham, a 6-foot-11 sophomore transfer from Connecticut, registered a career high for points. Harvey also notched a career high and Gibbs a season high.

Notre Dame (6-1) won its fourth straight while Illinois (2-5) lost for the fifth time in its last six games.

The Irish, fueled in large part by Durham's play off the bench, led 65-52 with 6:30 to go before the Illini mounted their rally that fell just short.

Aaron Jordan led Illinois with 23 points. Freshman Giorgi Bezhanishvili added 22. Those were career highs for both players.

A back-and-forth first half yielded nine lead changes and six ties, with the Illini holding a 35-34 advantage at the break.

BIG PICTURE

Notre Dame: Now the road gets rougher for the Irish, in part because it actually involves the road. Notre Dame wrapped up a string of seven straight home games to begin the season. The next three stops will be Oklahoma (5-1 entering Tuesday) as part of the Jimmy V Classic in New York City, a visit to UCLA (4-2, both its losses to top-11 clubs) and a matchup against No. 19 Purdue (5-1) in Indianapolis.

Illinois: In the lone true road test on their nonconference schedule (excludes neutral-site matchups), the Illini continued to show their futility away from Champaign over the last few years. They've not won a true nonleague road game since a 2014 NIT first-rounder - dropping eight straight since - and they were 1-8 in Big Ten road games last season

UP NEXT

Notre Dame: The Irish leave home for the first time all season when they face Oklahoma next Tuesday at New York's Madison Square Garden. Notre Dame has never played the Sooners.

Illinois: The Illini open Big Ten play Sunday at Nebraska as the conference becomes the first league in NCAA Division I history to play 20-game league schedules.