NICEVILLE, FLA. — Junior guard Kendrick Nunn made a conspicuous season opening debut coming off the bench to score a game-high 18 points to lift Illinois to a 72-58 victory past UAB Friday and into the championship of the Emerald Coast Classic being held at Northwest Florida State.
Sophomore forward Leron Black, coming off surgery on his knee in October added 12 points for Illinois which moved to 3-3. Guard Malcom Hill and reserve Maverick Morgan also chipped in with 12 points for the Illini.
“The two things that stood out was our depth and the contributions that we got,” said Illinois coach John Groce.
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