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Illinois vs Indiana

Abrams' 25 helps lead Illinois past Indiana 64-54

CBSSports.com wire reports
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Tracy Abrams had 25 points to lead ninth-seeded Illinois to a 64-54 win over eight-seed Indiana on Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

The Illini (19-13) used runs of 9-0 in the first half and 11-0 in the second half to improve to 6-2 all-time against Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament.

The victory sends Illinois into a second-round matchup on Friday with Big Ten regular season champion No. 8 Michigan.

Abrams stymied a late rally by the Hoosiers (17-15) with a 3-pointer and two free throws that turned a late 53-52 Illinois lead into a 58-52 advantage.

Rayvonte Rice added 13 points and Kendrick Nunn scored 10 for the Illini.

Yogi Ferrell led the Hoosiers with 14 points. Will Sheehey added 13 points -- 11 of them in the first half -- and Troy Williams scored 11 for Indiana.

Illinois opened the game with a 9-0 run, taking advantage of Indiana's cold shooting and carelessness with the ball. The Hoosiers missed their first nine shots and had nine turnovers in the first half.

But Indiana answered with a 14-2 run, capped by a Ferrell 3-pointer, to take its first lead.

It didn't last long, with Noah Vonleh being called for goaltending on a basket by Rice which put the Illini back in front 15-14.

Illinois led 30-28 at halftime. Indiana was 6-of-10 on 3-pointers in the first half but just 2-of-13 inside the arc.

Troy Williams tied the game at 30 early in the second half on a dunk, then the Hoosiers took a 32-30 lead on two free throws by Stanford Robinson. Robinson, who was 0-for-2 from the line in the first half, was 4-of-4 in the second half.

The Hoosiers built a 38-33 lead to open the second half, but the Illini rallied to tie the game. Abrams missed two free throws that would have given Illinois the lead. But a second goaltending call on Vonleh, again on a Rice shot, put Illinois in front 40-38.

The Illini would stretch the lead to 44-38, prompting an Indiana timeout. Vonleh got free inside for a dunk, but the Hoosiers left Jon Ekey open for a 3-pointer that put the Illini in front 47-40.

Ferrell hit two free throws, Sheehey hit a jumper and Ferrell scored on a drive that pulled Indiana within 47-46.

Abrams answered with a 3 to make it 50-46 Illinois. Williams scored on a putback to make it 50-48, but Indiana could get no closer than 53-52.

Abrams then scored the next five points to secure the victory.

Illinois improved to 5-1 in first-round games in the Big Ten Tournament and won as the No. 9 seed for the first time. The Hoosiers fell to 10-17 in the conference tournament and fell to 1-2 as the No. 8 seed.

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Tracy Abrams is clutch for the Illini, thwarting a late Hoosiers rally with five straight points. (USATSI)
Tracy Abrams is clutch for the Illini, thwarting a late Hoosiers rally with five straight points. (USATSI)
Scoreboard
Illinois (19-13) «303464
Indiana (17-15)282654
ILL:T. Abrams 25 Pts
ILL:T. Abrams 7 Reb
ILL:J. Bertrand 2 Ast
IND:Y. Ferrell 14 Pts
IND:J. Hollowell 6 Reb
IND:W. Sheehey 5 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
IllinoisIndiana
ILL
Tracy Abrams
IND
Will Sheehey
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
25721335
Illinois Fighting Illini
T. Abrams, G378-167-972325
N. Egwu, F-C361-80-07132
R. Rice, G334-95-632313
K. Nunn, G333-84-442110
M. Hill, G132-32-34038
J. Ekey, F282-40-03116
J. Bertrand, G150-20-00220
M. Morgan, C40-00-00000
J. Tate, G10-00-00000
A. Starks, GDid Not Play
A. Cosby, GDid Not Play
M. LaTulip, GDid Not Play
D. Paul, FDid Not Play
A. Colbert, FDid Not Play
Totals 20-5018-2228101664
 40.0%81.8% 
Indiana Hoosiers
Y. Ferrell, G373-126-633114
W. Sheehey, F355-70-035413
N. Vonleh, F323-90-15216
T. Williams, F304-52-251211
S. Robinson, G201-54-62126
J. Hollowell, F180-50-06120
E. Gordon, G110-20-01210
A. Etherington, F91-20-00022
D. Davis, F61-30-03022
H. Mosquera-Perea, F20-00-00010
J. Howard, FDid Not Play
T. Wayer, GDid Not Play
J. Marlin, GDid Not Play
P. Jurkin, CDid Not Play
A. Calomeris, GDid Not Play
J. Fagan, GDid Not Play
L. Fischer, CDid Not Play
C. Hartman, FDid Not Play
Totals 18-5012-1528151854
 36.0%80.0% 
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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Wisconsin16-234-34
Maryland14-428-713
Michigan St.12-625-1123
Iowa12-622-1243
Purdue12-621-1355
Ohio St.11-724-1141
Indiana9-920-1461
Illinois9-919-1473
Michigan8-1016-1680
Minnesota6-1218-1598
Northwestern6-1215-17124
Nebraska5-1313-18158
Penn St.4-1418-16108
Rutgers2-1610-22179
 
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