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Recap - Illinois Defeats Valparaiso 64-52

Illinois grabbed a 64-52 win over Valparaiso on Wednesday, behind an 18-point effort from Rayvonte Rice at State Farm Center.

Illinois won on the scoreboard, but lost at the pay window as they failed to cover the 12.5-point spread.

Illinois got 14 points from Joseph Bertrand and another 12 points from Tracy Abrams. Tracy Abrams contributed 4 assists, while Jon Ekey cleaned the glass with 15 rebounds.

Valparaiso got 15 points from Jordan Coleman in a losing cause and another 12 points from LaVonte Dority. Jordan Coleman contributed 2 assists for them, while Jordan Coleman had 8 rebounds.

First-half bettors who backed Illinois were victorious, as the score was 33-25 at the break.

Illinois won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 49-36.