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Illinois Beats Rutgers; Illinois State Routes Evansville

>>Illinois Downs Rutgers

 width=Kendrick Nunn scored 21 points and Malcolm Hill added 15 to help Illinois survive a late rally against struggling Rutgers, 66-54 on Tuesday.

Illinois led by as many as 17, but Rutgers closed to within eight at 62-54 with 2:36 to play on a 3-pointer by Kadeem Jack.

With the Scarlet Knights forced to foul, Nunn hit a pair of free throws with 53 seconds left to open the lead back to a safe 10, 64-54.

Ahmad Starks added 13 points off the bench and Leron Black had 12 for Illinois (15-8, 5-5 Big Ten).

Rutgers has now lost seven straight.

Jack led Rutgers (10-14, 2-9) with 17 points and nine rebounds. Myles Mack added 16 points and six rebounds.

Rutgers' Bishop Daniels fouled out with 53 seconds to play.

>>Illinois State Routes Evansville

Illinois State set the tone defensively early in the game against Evansville Tuesday night and jumped out to an early lead it would never relinquish, in a 77-51 win over the Purple Aces (16-7, 6-5 MVC) on Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena.

 width=Reggie Lynch scored a career high 16 points to lead the Redbirds (15-8, 7-4 MVC). MiKyle McIntosh added 13 points, Deontae Hawkins chipped in with 12 points and Paris Lee added 11 points with seven assists.

With the win, the Redbirds moved three games over .500 in MVC play for the first time since the 2009-10 season and have now won seven out of their last nine games in conference play.

The Redbirds return to action Saturday when they travel south to face in-state foe Southern Illinois. Tipoff at SIU Arena is slated for 1 p.m.

NCAA Top-25 Men's Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
#1 Kentucky Wildcats 69, Georgia Bulldogs 58
#4 Wisconsin Badgers 92, #25 Indiana Hoosiers 78
#8 Louisville Cardinals 63, Miami (FL) Hurricanes 55
#21 Oklahoma Sooners 71, #12 West Virginia Mountaineers 52
#15 Northern Iowa Panthers 61, Indiana State Sycamores 51
#22 Butler Bulldogs 85, St. John's Red Storm 62

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