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Ding dong, the losing streak is dead! The Illini, led by their freshmen, knocked off Penn State 60-55 on the road today. Kendrick Nunn notched a career-high 19 points, and Malcolm Hill scored 11 in their first career starts. As you might expect, the freshmen play a prominent role in my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game. You can choose your favorite in the comments below.
John Groce talked in the postgame interview with Brian and Jerry about the decision to go with Nunn and Hill as starters, among other happy topics.
Let's take a look at today's efficiency stats:
Next up is a trip to Nebraska, where the Cornhuskers have been tough all season. We'll see if the Illini can start a winning streak on Wednesday night! Thanks for reading.
And the freshmen shall lead them! To a tie at the half, at least. John Groce shook up the starting lineup, with Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill getting their first starts of the season in place of Joseph Bertrand and Jon Ekey. Both played well, combining for 15 first half points in a 31-31 tie with Penn State. Here are the first half efficiency stats:
A pretty good opening half for the Illini. Let's see if the veterans can match what the freshmen did in the first half. More coming after the game.