Illinois Downs UNLV 61-59 - Match Report

Illinois got a 25-point performance from Rayvonte Rice, who added 10 rebounds as Illinois ran past UNLV 61-59 on Tuesday at Thomas & Mack Center.

Illinois won and also put money in the pockets of their supporters by covering the 1.5-point spread as favorites.

Illinois got 12 points from Nnanna Egwu and another 6 points from Joseph Bertrand. Jaylon Tate contributed 5 assists, while Rayvonte Rice cleaned the glass with 10 rebounds.

UNLV got a 12-point performance from Khem Birch, who was supported by 11 points from Bryce Dejean-Jones. Kendall Smith had 4 assists in a losing cause for UNLV, while Roscoe Smith grabbed 13 rebounds.

Illinois trailed at halftime, 39-29.

Illinois won the battle of the boards, outrebounding their counterparts 41-40.