Illinois holds off Washington-U in exhibition opener


CHAMPAIGN -- It wasn't the blowout fans were expecting, but Illinois was able to hold off Washington University 82-75 in their first exhibition game Sunday.

Maverick Morgan led Illinois with 20 points (8-10 FG). Michael Finke added 13 points. Malcolm Hill and Jalen Coleman-Lands chipped in with 11 a piece.

Tracy Abrams started and played 23 minutes in his first game back after missing the last two seasons with a torn ACL, and a torn Achilles.

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