Illinois outlasts Northern Kentucky in 79-64 battle
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Malcolm Hill scored a career-high 40 points and brought in 12 rebounds to help Illinois outlast Northern Kentucky 79-64 on Sunday night.
Illinois (2-0) fought through a first half where the Illini trailed 33-31 at halftime and struggled to hold off the Norse off until the end.
The Illini shot 44 percent from the field but were 20-30 from the free-throw line.
Michael Finke added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Illini.
Lavone Holland II led Northern Kentucky (1-1) with 13 points, which helped the Norse stay in the game until the final eight minutes.
The Norse held a 43-32 rebound advantage despite Northern Kentucky’s tallest players being 6-foot-7.
Northern Kentucky was sloppy with the ball for most of the game, which resulted with 18 turnovers and 21 points off turnovers for Illinois.
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