Illini Top American 70-55, Improve To 7-1
Malcolm Hill scored 13 points as Illinois defeated American 70-55 on Saturday. After consecutive poor shooting performances against Baylor and Miami, the Illinois offense was back to its usual form.
The Illini (7-1) only led by two points midway through the first half, but a 17-2 run put the Eagles (5-4) in an early deficit.
American whittled the lead to eight with 10:42 remaining in the second half.
But the Illini's Jaylon Tate had a three-point play and Hill drained a 3-pointer off a steal on the next possession.
Nnanna Egwu chipped in five points and seven rebounds, while Rayvonte Rice worked his way through a shooting slump, 1-of-7 from the field, to finish with 10 points.
The Illini shot 48.1 percent from the floor in the first half.
Pee Wee Gardner led American with 16 points.