Malcolm Hill

The Fighting Illini defeated Boise State, 71-56, in the second round of the NIT on Tuesday night in Champaign.

The Illini were paced by Tracy Abrams with 18 points, going 6-for-11 from the field with three three-pointers.

Abrams' 18 points moved him to 18th on Illinois' all-tim scoring list with 1,185 career points.

Leron Black added a double-double for the Fighting Illini, scoring 12 points and tallying 10 rebounds.

Illinois led a 22-7 run to finish the game and send the Broncos packing for the season.

Malcolm Hill scored 13 points which gave him 1,817 for his career, passing Dee Brown, who scored 1,812, for third place all-time at Illinois.

Continuing on with the milestones, Illinois recorded 10 steals versus Boise State, setting a program record in the NIT.

The win over Boise State comes just days after Brad Underwood was named the 18th head coach of the Illinois basketball program.

Underwood will be taking over for John Groce next season, who was let go after spending five seasons in Champaign.

Illinois now improves to 10-6 all-time in the NIT and 2-0 all-time versus Boise State.

Illinois will travel to UCF to take on the Knights with a trip to the NIT semifinals on the line.

Tip-off from CFE Arena is set for 6 p.m.

MICHAEL MARRA is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at vidette_mmarra@ilstu.edu Follow him on Twitter at @MikeMarraILSTU

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