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Freshmen growing into solid contributors

The Illinois basketball team picked up win No. 9 Tuesday night against Dartmouth, and they continue to get some quality minutes from their freshman class. Malcolm Hill was the best of the bunch Tuesday with a career-high 10 points; but Hill, Kendrick Nunn, Jaylon Tate and Maverick Morgan all saw significant playing time against the Big Green. The freshmen combined for 17 points and only four turnovers.
CHAMPAIGN -- The Illinois basketball team picked up win No. 9 Tuesday night against Dartmouth, and they continue to get some quality minutes from their freshman class.  Malcolm Hill was the best of the bunch Tuesday with a career-high 10 points; but Hill, Kendrick Nunn, Jaylon Tate and Maverick Morgan all saw significant playing time against the Big Green.  The freshmen combined for 17 points and only four turnovers.

"We've grown a lot," said Hill.  "We always do things together as a team.  The older guys always help pick us up.  Credit the seniors: Joe [Bertrand] and Jon Ekey.  They always help us and keep us together as a group."

That togetherness has propelled Illinois to a 9-1 record, and the upperclassmen agree they wouldn't be there without the freshmen.

"Those guys are learning a lot," said junior Nnanna Egwu.  "They're growing a lot.  They're going to continue to grow.  These guys are getting more and more experience and learning from it."

Illinois is back in action Saturday night against Oregon.
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