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Illinois outlasts NC State 88-74 in ACC/Big 10 Challenge

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Malcolm Hill made sure Illinois didn't blow another double-digit lead on Tuesday night in an 88-74 win over North Carolina State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The senior scored 22 points to lead an Illini team that bounced back following a 0-3 Thanksgiving week.

When Illinois showed signs of faltering like it had in the past, Hill and other role players like Tracy Abrams (17 points) helped secure the win.

''Really proud of the way the guys responded,'' Illinois coach John Groce said. ''We ratcheted it up to another level (in the second half).''

Illinois (5-3) shot 30 of 60 from the field for 50 percent to outlast N.C. State in what was a tightly contested game in which neither team had a double-digit lead until the Illini led 67-57 with about eight minutes left.

The Wolfpack held a 33-32 edge at the half but Illinois came out firing, shooting 68 percent in the second half and creating large leads that the Wolfpack could not overcome.

The Illini bench outscored the Wolfpack's 39-22 and was led by Leron Black, who scored 15 points and brought in eight rebounds.

Black has only played the last three games before Tuesday (suspension) and noted the adaptation it takes to understand how each player performs.

''We just kind of come together each game. We get used to playing with each other,'' Black said. ''We're just getting better as a team and getting more chemistry.''

Torin Dorn scored 17 points to lead N.C. State (5-2), which shot 53 percent from the field.

Despite the hot shooting, the Wolfpack committed 19 turnovers, which prevented the offense to consistently produce and resulted in 17 Illinois points.

''The game was experienced versus inexperienced,'' N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. ''I thought we played like an inexperienced team.''

BIG PICTURE

Illinois: The Illini got a much-needed win against a respectable ACC opponent after a disastrous Thanksgiving week. Illinois will need to win most if not all of the remaining nonconference games if it wants to prove it's a NCAA Tournament team.

North Carolina State: Time will tell whether this was a respectable loss. The Wolfpack will have a relatively easy path to the start of conference play.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

Malcolm Hill showed his potential in the NBA with a drive down the lane in the second half that left all the North Carolina State players standing still. When asked about the move, Hill said strength coach Adam Fletcher will probably tell him he should've dunked it.

HE SAID IT

''When we play like that, we can compete against any team.'' Tracy Abrams.

LET DOWN

Senior guard Jaylon Tate started the game but lost his role after a rough start. He was held scoreless and played nine minutes, including sitting out the entire second half.

UP NEXT

Illinois travels to Miami on Saturday where it will play VCU in the Hoophall Miami Invitational.

North Carolina State returns home where it will host Boston University on Saturday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  30-second timeout called 30.0
+ 1 Abdul-Malik Abu made 2nd of 2 free throws 30.0
+ 1 Abdul-Malik Abu made 1st of 2 free throws 30.0
  Shooting foul on Leron Black 30.0
+ 3 Tracy Abrams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jalen Coleman-Lands 44.0
  Defensive rebound by Maverick Morgan 1:06
  Terry Henderson missed free throw 1:06
  Personal foul on Leron Black 1:06
+ 2 Jalen Coleman-Lands made layup 1:15
+ 2 Abdul-Malik Abu made layup, assist by Torin Dorn 1:43
  Defensive rebound by Abdul-Malik Abu 1:56
Team Stats
Points 74 88
Field Goals 28-53 (52.8%) 30-60 (50.0%)
3-Pointers 6-16 (37.5%) 7-18 (38.9%)
Free Throws 12-13 (92.3%) 21-26 (80.8%)
Total Rebounds 25 30
Offensive 4 10
Defensive 21 19
Team 0 1
Assists 11 12
Steals 7 10
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 19 10
Fouls 21 16
Technicals 1 1
17 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
22 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo NC State 5-2 334174
home team logo Illinois 5-3 325688
Team Stats
away team logo NC State 5-2 81.6 PPG 42 RPG 16.0 APG
home team logo Illinois 5-3 73.8 PPG 36.2 RPG 13.5 APG
Key Players
2
T. Dorn G 13.8 PPG 6.7 RPG 1.4 APG 48.2 FG%
00
M. Hill G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Dorn G 17 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
M. Hill G 22 PTS 9 REB 4 AST
52.8 FG% 50.0
37.5 3PT FG% 38.9
92.3 FT% 80.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Dorn 17 7 1 7/11 3/4 0/0 2 31 0 0 1 0 7
A. Abu 16 5 1 6/9 0/0 4/4 4 31 1 2 4 2 3
D. Smith Jr. 12 7 3 4/11 0/2 4/4 3 38 0 0 4 0 7
T. Henderson 7 0 5 2/8 1/7 2/3 0 39 3 0 2 0 0
B. Anya 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 6 0 0 2 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Dorn 17 7 1 7/11 3/4 0/0 2 31 0 0 1 0 7
A. Abu 16 5 1 6/9 0/0 4/4 4 31 1 2 4 2 3
D. Smith Jr. 12 7 3 4/11 0/2 4/4 3 38 0 0 4 0 7
T. Henderson 7 0 5 2/8 1/7 2/3 0 39 3 0 2 0 0
B. Anya 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 6 0 0 2 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Kapita 13 5 0 6/9 0/0 1/1 3 28 0 1 2 2 3
M. Johnson 9 1 1 3/5 2/3 1/1 5 25 1 1 3 0 1
S. Kirk - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hicks 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
C. Brickhouse - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Freeman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Corchiani Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Gottfried - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Rowan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Newman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Yurtseven - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 74 25 11 28/53 6/16 12/13 21 200 7 4 19 4 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Hill 22 9 4 5/12 0/2 12/15 2 35 1 1 1 2 7
T. Abrams 17 1 1 6/10 3/5 2/2 1 31 4 0 0 0 1
M. Thorne Jr. 7 1 0 2/3 0/0 3/4 1 16 0 0 2 1 0
M. Finke 3 1 0 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 15 1 0 0 0 1
J. Tate 0 1 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 9 0 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Hill 22 9 4 5/12 0/2 12/15 2 35 1 1 1 2 7
T. Abrams 17 1 1 6/10 3/5 2/2 1 31 4 0 0 0 1
M. Thorne Jr. 7 1 0 2/3 0/0 3/4 1 16 0 0 2 1 0
M. Finke 3 1 0 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 15 1 0 0 0 1
J. Tate 0 1 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 9 0 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Black 15 8 2 7/14 0/1 1/1 4 26 0 0 1 4 4
J. Coleman-Lands 11 1 1 4/7 3/5 0/0 3 25 1 0 1 1 0
M. Morgan 9 6 0 3/5 0/0 3/4 1 23 1 2 1 1 5
T. Lucas 4 0 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 16 2 0 2 0 0
A. Jordan 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
D. Williams 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0
A. Austin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Liss - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cayce - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Nichols - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Oladimeji - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 88 29 12 30/60 7/18 21/26 16 200 10 3 10 10 19