Illinois advances, but ISU out in NIT
TracyAbrams scored 18 points, and Illinois used a 15- 2 burst during a five- minute span of the second half to turn a one- point deficit into a comfortable lead on its way to a 71- 56 victory Monday against Boise State in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament in Champaign.
Malcolm Hill added 13 points, Leron Black 12 points and 10 rebounds and Maverick Morgan 10 points for the Illini ( 20- 14). ChandlerHutchison led the Broncos ( 20- 12) with 17 points.
† B. J. Taylor scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half, including the tying and go- ahead free throws with 1.3 seconds left, to lift Central Florida ( 23- 11) to a 63- 62 victory against Illinois State ( 28- 7) in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament in Normal, Illinois.
DeontaeHawkins scored 15 points to lead the Redbirds, whose 22- game home winning streak ended.
† Tai Odiase led five players in double figures with 23 points, and host UIC ( 17- 18) advanced to the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational with an 80- 71 victory against GeorgeWashington ( 20- 14).