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Illinois vs Eastern Kentucky Final: 66-53 - Recap

Brandon Paul scored 17 points leading Illinois to a 66-53 victory over Eastern Kentucky at University of Illinois Assembly Hall on Sunday.

Bettors who backed Illinois were disappointed, as they failed to cover the closing number of 14.

Illinois got 13 points from Tracy Abrams and another 11 points from Joseph Bertrand. D.J. Richardson contributed 7 assists, while Brandon Paul cleaned the glass with 9 rebounds.

Eastern Kentucky got a 21-point performance from Corey Walden, who was supported by 11 points from Glenn Cosey. Mike DiNunno had 5 assists in a losing cause for Eastern Kentucky, while Marcus Lewis grabbed 7 rebounds.

Illinois hit the break leading 25-20 before taking care of business in the second half.

The rebound battle favored Illinois as they grabbed 42 boards, while Eastern Kentucky only had 23.