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NCAA Game Summary - Illinois at Clemson



(Sunday, March 23rd)

Final Score: Clemson 50, Illinois 49

Clemson, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Rod Hall's layup with 9.3 seconds to play proved to be the game-winner as the Clemson Tigers slipped by Illinois, 50-49, in the second round of the NIT at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Hall finished the contest just 2-of-8 from the floor, leading to five points, while turning the ball over seven times in the close call for the third-seeded Tigers (22-12). K.J. McDaniels tallied 12 points, five rebounds and four blocked shots for the Tigers, followed by Landry Nnoko with 11 points, eight boards and three rejections. Jordan Roper pitched in with 10 points as well.

The Fighting Illini (20-15), a second seed in the tourney, were paced by Rayvonte Rice who tallied a game-high 15 points, but he missed all five of his 3-point attempts on the day. Jon Ekey added 11 points off the bench for the visitors.

Clemson, which led by as many as nine points in the first half, shot 55.0 percent from the floor in the period in order to take a 28-19 lead at the break. The Illini converted just 8-of-24 from the field and missed all nine chances beyond the arc through the first 20 minutes.

The second half saw Illinois battle back and take a late lead, but again the team shot only 3-of-12 on the perimeter and failed to respond after Hall put Clemson ahead in the final seconds.

Illinois managed to force 15 turnovers and limit the hosts to a mere two offensive rebounds, but the visitors hurt themselves with just 3-of-21 shooting on the outside.

With the victory, the Tigers will now head to the quarterfinals on Tuesday to take on the fifth-seeded Belmont Bruins, with a trip to New York on the line.

03/23 13:50:06 ET

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UVA 27
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KSU 3
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MSU 35
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KENT 31
MSST 45
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STAN 38
ORST 14
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TCU 82
TTU 27
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OKST 10
WVU 34
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WKENT 66
ODU 51
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UTST 34
UNLV 20
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MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
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UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
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ARZ 59
 
4th
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SYR 6
 
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TXST 22
 
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UTEP 34
 
4th
COLST 45
WYO 24
 
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LSU 3
MISS 7
 
4th
TENN 17
ALA 34
 
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SCAR 35
 
3rd
PSU 7
OSU 17
 
1st
UTAH 7
USC 0
 
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SJS 1
BUF 2
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TOR 1
BOS 4
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NYI 7
DAL 5
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PHI 4
DET 2
 
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OTT 2
NJD 3
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MON 3
NYR 1
 
3rd
STL 3
CHI 2
 
3rd
NAS 0
PIT 3
 
3rd
MIN 6
TAM 2
 
2nd
ARI 0
FLA 0
 
1st
CAL 0
WAS 0
 
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14