The Illinois Fighting Illini shot past North Dakota State, 80-74 on Sunday afternoon at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.


The Illini trailed the Bison, 39-28 at halftime.  But Illinois won the second half, 52-35. 


Mike Thorne, Jr. - 21

Jalen Coleman-Lands - 15

Malcolm Hill - 13

Maverick Morgan - 10


* The (1-1) Illini play again on Wednesday night at Providence.  Tip off time - 6 pm here on the Big-Z.


Fighting Illini head basketball coach John Groce:


Coach Groce talks about facing North Florida (Friday) and North Dakota State (Sunday) to open the season:

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