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Postseason NIT - Clemson Defeats Illinois 50-49 - Recap

K.J. McDaniels scored 12 points leading Clemson to a 50-49 victory over Illinois at Littlejohn Coliseum on Sunday.

Clemson did not, however, defeat Illinois against the spread, which closed at 3.5 at most sportsbooks.

Clemson got 11 points from Landry Nnoko and another 10 points from Jordan Roper. Damarcus Harrison contributed 5 assists, while Landry Nnoko cleaned the glass with 8 rebounds.

Illinois got a 15-point performance from Rayvonte Rice, who was supported by 11 points from Jon Ekey. Tracy Abrams had 3 assists in a losing cause for Illinois, while Nnanna Egwu grabbed 6 rebounds.

First-half bettors who backed Clemson were victorious, as the score was 28-19 at the break.

The rebound battle favored Clemson as they grabbed 32 boards, while Illinois only had 25.