CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois didn't play quite as rough as it did in its last home game, a 57-55 escape against Indiana Purdue-Fort Worth on Nov. 29, but the Illini still have some ragged edges in their game.
Tuesday, John Groce's club had to hold off a late charge against Dartmouth for a 72-65 win in Illinois' last non-conference home game of the season.
Rayvonte Rice scored 13 points, including a 3-pointer that helped put Illinois up by double digits late. Jon Ekey also hit a big 3 late in the game as part of his 11 points. Nnanna Egwu and Joseph Bertrand added 11 points each as well, and freshman Malcolm Hill chipped in 10 in a balanced attack by the Illini (9-1).
Dartmouth (3-4) was led by 17 points from both Gabas Maldunas and Connor Boehm and 14 from Eli Harrison. Boehm and Maldunas also grabbed nine rebounds each.
Illinois was outrebounded by Dartmouth, 33-27, but the Illini offset that deficit by shooting 52 percent from the field.
Boehm (6-feet, 7-inches) and Maldunas (6-9) gave the Illini frontcourt of Egwu and Ekey fits most of the night. Egwu (6-11) and Ekey (6-7) combined for just seven rebounds.
IPFW hangs on to beat Bradley
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) Luis Jacobo's 3-pointer with 27 seconds remaining, his only points of the game, lifted IPFW to a 65-61 win over Bradley on Tuesday night.
Bradley took a 61-60 lead on Auston Barnes' basket with 41 seconds left, before IPFW took it back with Jacobo's heroics. Bradley had one final attempt, but Walt Lemon Jr. missed his attempt and IPFW's Steve Forbes grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made both of his free throws for the game's final points.
Isaiah McCray led a balanced attack for IPFW (8-4) with 12 points. The Mastodons got 11 apiece from Michael Kibiloski, Forbes and Joe Edwards added 10.