When the IUPUI's Darell Combs banked in a 3-point shot with 2:24 left in the game, Hill had a flashback to Illinois' 84-80 loss to Winthrop. Hill took charge and scored 32 points - 23 in the second half - to help the Illini hold off the Jaguars 85-77 on Tuesday night.
The Illini opened with a 10-0 run but committed eight turnovers, allowing IUPUI to rally to a 42-41 halftime lead.
Mike Thorne Jr. hit a jumper, Hill dunked and Illinois pulled ahead in the second half by shooting 60 percent from the field.
Leron Black scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a presence throughout the game, including a key rebound with 23 seconds left, despite battling foul trouble.
Matt O'Leary led IUPUI (3-6) with 25 points, shooting 7 of 15 from the field and 4 of 9 from beyond the arc.
D.J. Williams played eight minutes and scored five points off the bench.
The fighting Illini have the next few days off before entering the final stretch of their nonconference season when they play Central Michigan on Saturday afternoon.
>>Ball State Blows Out Bradley
Trey Moses had 17 points and nine rebounds and Tayler Persons added 15 points with six assists as Ball State took an early led and rolled to an 80-63 win over Bradley on Tuesday night.
Moses was 5 of 9 from the floor and grabbed five offensive boards. Sean Sellers nailed 4 of 6 from distance for 14 points, Ryan Weber added 13 and Tahjai Teague chipped in 11 for Ball State (5-4).
The Cardinals jumped to an early lead and led 34-23 at the half. Weber nailed back-to-back treys to give Ball State its biggest lead, 70-51 at the 5:10 mark.
Ball State hit 58 percent from the floor while holding Bradley to 21-of-49 shooting. The Cardinals scored 13 second-chance points and added seven more off its fast break.
Luuk van Bree, Darrell Brown and Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye had nine points apiece for Bradley (4-5).