Champaign, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Leron Black notched a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Illinois Fighting Illini topped the Purdue Boilermakers, 66-57, in Big Ten Conference action at State Farm Center.
Malcolm Hill posted a game-high 18 points for the Fighting Illini (13-7, 3-4 Big Ten), who have won three of their last five. Kendrick Nunn and Nnanna Egwu logged 14 and 11 points, respectively, the latter also blocking five shots.
Jon Octeus and Rapheal Davis both netted 14 points for the Boilermakers (11-8, 3-3), who have dropped three of their last four. Vince Edwards tallied 11 points and six assists.
The Boilermakers shot 43.3 percent from the field in the first half, but that included 0-of-6 from the perimeter. The home team shot just 28.6 percent from the floor but hit 10-of-12 at the free-throw line to go up 32-30 at halftime.
In the second half the visitors dipped to 36.7 percent from the floor, while the hosts improved to 44.0 percent. Strong free-throw shooting (11-of-12) helped the Illini maintain the lead down the stretch.
The home team knocked down 21-24 at the charity stripe, compared to 4-of-9 for Purdue.