Feb 9, 2014; University Park, PA, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard Rayvonte Rice (24) reacts during the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Bryce Jordan Center. The Fighting Illini won 60-55. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Illinois Fighting Illini v.s. Penn State Nittany Lions: Studs and Duds


Studs

1. Kendrick Nunn - In his first career college, Kendrick Nunn had himself a game against Penn State in order to help the Illinois Fighting Illini get a much needed win. He went 7-of-13 from the field and 4-of-9 from beyond the arc in route to a career-high 19 points. Nunn also was able to haul in four rebounds, but his stats were pretty bare from there. However, the Illini freshman gave his team a definite boost whenever he was on the floor. Because of that, it would be surprising to not see him start Wednesday against Nebraska.

2. Malcolm Hill - From one freshman to another, Malcolm Hill also gave the Illini a pleasant boost in his first start of his young college career. Hill was the only other Illini player to score in double-digits behind Nunn. He scored 11 points as he shot 44% from the field and 75% from the foul line. The diaper dandy was able to grab himself three total rebounds to go along with his points. Just like his freshman teammate, Malcolm Hill seemed to be feeling something as the Fighting Illini pulled out the five-point victory.

Duds

1. Tracy Abrams - It was definitely a day to forget for Tracy Abrams on Sunday. Abrams didn’t make a single field goal the entire game and didn’t score a single point until the 12 second mark in the second half. He almost gave the game away to the Nittany Lions after bricking on two free throws with 2:28 left in the game, but was able to make up for his misses later in the game. Despite his poor offensive performance, Abrams was able to dish out five assists and hauled in three rebounds in the game.

2. Joseph Bertrand - After not getting the start for the first time since last season, senior Joseph Bertrand had arguably his worst performance of the season on Sunday. Bertrand was just another Illini to make zero field goals in the game, but he didn’t score a single point (unlike Abrams). The Illinois senior seemed to not perform well coming off the bench. However, based on the performance of Nunn and Hill, it would not be a surprise if Bertrand came off the bench again against Nebraska on Wednesday.

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