Malcolm Hill scored 19 points and Illinois withstood a last-minute technical foul to beat Michigan State 59-54 on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore poured in 27 points and hit game-winning lay-up in final seconds of win over Penn State
Sophomore provides winning bucket in dogfight B1G victory
Malcolm Hill's layup with four seconds left sealed a thrilling victory for Illinois.
Illinois started the second half on a 20-3 run.
Photos from Illinois men's basketball's win over Northwestern at State Farm Center on Feb. 28, 2015.
Photos from the Illinois men's basketball game vs. Michigan State at State Farm Center, Feb. 22, 2015.
Illinois men's basketball defeated Michigan 64-52 in overtime on Feb. 12, 2015 at State Farm Center.
Illinois vs. Michigan State (USATSI)
Illinois men's basketball vs. Rutgers at State Farm Center on Feb. 3, 2015.
AT ILLINOIS2013-14 FRESHMAN: Played in all 35 games, starting last 12 ... Averaged 4.4 points and 2.4 rebounds on the season, with those averages increasing to 6.5 points and 2.9 rebounds as a starter ... Seven points and six rebounds in Illini debut vs. Alabama State (Nov. 8) ... Four points and six rebounds vs. Jacksonville State (Nov. 10) ... Reached double figures for the first time with 10 points vs. Dartmouth (Dec. 10) ... Eight points vs. Penn State (Jan. 4) ... Seven points and five rebounds vs. Purdue (Jan. 15) ... Eight points vs. Michigan State (Jan. 18) ... Seven points vs. Iowa (Feb. 1) ... Scored career-high 11 points in first career start at Penn State (Feb. 9) ... Eight points at Nebraska (Feb. 12) ... 10 points vs. Nebraska (Feb. 26) ... Hit two threes and entered double figures with 10 points and five rebounds at Michigan State (March 1) ... Had eight points in back-to-back Big Ten Tournament games vs. Indiana (March 13) and Michigan (March 14) ... Notched 10 points and career-high eight rebounds at Boston U in the NIT First Round (March 19) ... Made nine of his final 15 three-point attempts on the year.
HIGH SCHOOLConsensus national top-75 recruit averaged 25.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.9 blocks as a senior ... Finished third in voting for Illinois Mr. Basketball ... First-team All-State by the Associated Press, Champaign-Urbana News Gazette and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association ... Second-team All-State by the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times ... St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro Player of the Year and first-team All-Metro ... Belleville News-Democrat Player of the Year ... Belleville East's all-time leading scorer with 2,067 career points ... Set school single-season scoring record with 708 points, breaking his own record set as a junior (666 points) ... Selected to play in the IBCA All-Star Game, scoring a game-high 23 points for the 3A/4A South squad ... Ranked No. 70 on the recruiting services consensus index ... Ranked No. 62 nationally by Rivals, No. 66 by ESPN and No. 72 by Scout ... Averaged 21.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.5 blocks as a junior ... First-team All-State by AP, News-Gazette and IBCA, second-team All-State by Tribune and Sun-Times, first-team All-Metro by Post-Dispatch and Player of the Year by News-Democrat as a junior ... Scored career-high 43 points versus Granite City (Feb. 24, 2012) ... High school coach was Abel Schrader ... Played for the Southwestern Illinois Jets AAU program, coached by Patrick Smith.
PERSONALBorn Oct. 26, 1995 ... Enrolled in the Division of General Studies (undeclared) ... Parents are Malcolm and Machanda and Hill ... Father played Div. II college basketball at Missouri-St. Louis ... Has two younger brothers, Clayton and Anderson, and a younger sister, Paige.