Rally to end tour with 3-1 record in exhibitions plus a scrimmage win over West Virginia.

 

CHAMPAIGN -- After scoring the final four points in regulation, the Illinois men's basketball team rallied to force overtime Friday against Fulgor Omegna before eventually taking an 89-85 win in the exhibition game in Verbiana, Italy. Unlike the loss against the New Zealand national team earlier in the tour, the Illini finished the job and ended the trip with a 3-1 record in exhibitions plus a victory over West Virginia in a 20-minute scrimmage.   The Illini played for the fourth consecutive day, but depth and strong defense keyed the victory.   "We had some tired legs and tired bodies,'' coach Bruce Weber said. "We overcame that and some questionable officiating, to say the least. I challenged the older guys, This is what it's about. You want to be the guys. Step up and make plays.''   It also marked a difference from last season, Weber said, when the Illini weren't able to grab wins against Indiana and Penn State that were there for the taking.   "We weren't able to do that,'' he said. "Tonight, we found a way to win.''   Guard Brandon Paul scored 19 points. He also had a game-high four steals. Forward Tyler Griffey reached double figures for the fourth time in the four full games, scoring 15 points while also grabbing 10 rebounds. Guards Crandall Head and Tracy Abrams also had 11 points apiece.   The Illini are scheduled to return to campus Saturday night prior to the start of fall semester classes Monday.