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 width=>>Nunn Leads Illinois Over Hampton

Kendrick Nunn scored a season-high 16 points as Illinois cruised over Hampton 73-55 on Wednesday night.

The Illini (8-3) jumped out to a 27-11 lead early in the first half, but Hampton (4-6) made a run behind leading scorer Quinton Chievous. The senior scored eight consecutive points on a 10-0 Hampton run.

Illinois closed out the half on a strong note when Nunn drilled a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to push the lead back up to 12.

After missing his first two shots, Nunn made his next six, including four 3-pointers.

In the second half, the lead wouldn't dip into single digits as the Illini stifled the Pirates.

Deron Powers and Dwight Meikle led Hampton with 12 points each, although the Pirates never led in the game.

Rayvonte Rice added 12 points and five rebounds for Illinois.

 width=>>ISU Escapes UT-Martin

Daishon Knight scored 18 points and Illinois State's late run lifted the Redbirds over UT Martin 64-54 on Wednesday.

Knight's 3-pointer with 3:45 left broke a 52-all tie and ignited a 13-2 run while UT Martin missed its last five shots of the game.

Illinois State (6-3) led by one midway through the first half but closed on a 14-5 run to lead 28-18 at the break. UT Martin (6-3) scored one point in the final 4:58 of the half, missing its final four shots and 3 of 4 free throws.

The Skyhawks roared out of the gate after intermission to make a game of it, as a 17-6 run gave them a one-point lead just over 6 minutes into the second half.

Reggie Lynch had 12 points and eight rebounds for Illinois State and Justin McCloud added 11.

Deville Smith paced UT martin with 16 points and Marshun Newell had 14.

NCAA Top-25 Men's Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
#12 Ohio State Buckeyes 97, North Carolina A&T Aggies 55
#16 Washington Huskies 86, Grambling State Tigers 38
Cincinnati Bearcats 71, #17 San Diego State Aztecs 62 (OT)
#22 Michigan State Spartans 66, Eastern Michigan Eagles 46

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