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Malcolm Hill scores 40 points as Illinois Basketball tops Northern Kentucky, 79-64

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The senior wing set a new career-high on Sunday night.

NCAA Basketball: SE Missouri State at Illinois Mike Granse-USA TODAY Sports

In case you missed it (which may be likely thanks to BTN Plus), Malcolm Hill did some pretty good basketballing at the State Farm Center on Sunday night. The senior scored a career-high 40 points and 12 rebounds as the Illinois Fighting Illini (2-0) defeated the Northern Kentucky Norse by a final score of 79-64.

With his latest performance, Hill became just the seventh Illini to score 40+ points in a single game, and he was the first to do so since Brandon Paul scored 43 against Ohio State on January 10, 2012. Hill’s previous career mark was a 39-point effort in a double-overtime game against Penn State last season.

Michael Finke was the only other member of the Orange and Blue to reach double-figures, as he tallied the first double-double of his career with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The entire box score is viewable right here.

Illinois’ next game is against McKendree (D-II) on Tuesday night in Champaign. The opening tip is scheduled for 8:00pm CT, and the contest will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

Illinois vs. Northern Kentucky Highlights

Illinois Postgame Press Conferences