Illinois rolls past Boise State 71-56 in second round of NIT

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  • Illinois guard Te'Jon Lucas (3) passes around Boise State's center Robin Jorch (10) during an NCAA college basketball game in the NIT, in Champaign, Ill., Monday, March 20, 2017. (Robin Scholz/The News-Gazette via AP)

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    Illinois forward Leron Black (12) and Boise State guard Alex Hobbs (34) go after a loose ball during an NCAA college basketball game in the NIT, in Champaign, Ill., Monday, March 20, 2017. (Robin Scholz/The News-Gazette via AP)

  • Illinois guard Te'Jon Lucas (3) passes around Boise State's center Robin Jorch (10) during an NCAA college basketball game in the NIT, in Champaign, Ill., Monday, March 20, 2017. (Robin Scholz/The News-Gazette via AP)

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    Illinois forward Leron Black (12) and Boise State guard Alex Hobbs (34) go after a loose ball during an NCAA college basketball game in the NIT, in Champaign, Ill., Monday, March 20, 2017. (Robin Scholz/The News-Gazette via AP)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Tracy Abrams scored 18 points, Leron Black had a double-double and Illinois pulled away midway through the second half to beat Boise State 71-56 on Monday night in the second round of the NIT.

No. 2 seed Illinois (20-14) will play fourth-seeded Central Florida (23-11) in a quarterfinal. The game was tied at 49 with 10 minutes left before Illinois closed on a 22-7 run.

Malcolm Hill scored 13 points and has 1,817 for his career, surpassing Dee Brown (1,812) for third place all-time at Illinois. Abrams was 6 of 11 from the floor and made three 3-pointers. Black had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Chandler Hutchison scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead No. 6 seed Boise State (20-12). Nick Duncan chipped in 12 points. The Broncos shot 0 of 14 from long range in the second half.

Brad Underwood, who became the 18th coach in program history for the Illini, was in attendance. He replaced John Groce after five seasons.

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