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March Madness - Colorado vs Illinois Wrap - Illinois Wins 57-49

Illinois grabbed a 57-49 win over Colorado on Friday, behind a 17-point effort from Brandon Paul at Frank Erwin Center.

Illinois won and also put money in the pockets of their supporters by covering the 1-point spread as favorites.

D.J. Richardson had 14 points for Illinois and Tracy Abrams chipped in with 13 points. Tracy Abrams had 6 assists for them, while Nnanna Egwu was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 8 boards.

Colorado got a 14-point performance from Askia Booker, who was supported by 10 points from Josh Scott. Spencer Dinwiddie had 4 assists in a losing cause for Colorado, while Josh Scott grabbed 14 rebounds.

Illinois led at halftime, 37-21.

The rebound battle favored Illinois as they grabbed 37 boards, while Colorado only had 36.