Mayer scores 21 to lead No. 18 Illini past Alabama A&M 68-47


              Illinois' Ty Rodgers (20) vies for the ball with Alabama A&M's Omari Peek (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Michael Allio)
            
              Illinois' Coleman Hawkins (33) battles for a rebound with Alabama A&M's Lorenzo Downey, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Michael Allio)
            
              Illinois' Ty Rodgers (20) vies for the ball with Alabama A&M's Omari Peek, top, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Michael Allio)
            
              Alabama A&M's Brandon Powell, center, reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Illinois, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Michael Allio)
            
              Illinois' Skyy Clark (55) looks to pass the ball as Alabama A&M's EJ Williams (34) and Lorenzo Downey, center, defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Michael Allio)
Mayer scores 21 to lead No. 18 Illini past Alabama A&M 68-47