Illinois jumped out to an early lead over UNLV as the final slate of games get underway in the NCAA Tournament round of 64. The Fightin' Illini went into the half up 22, leading the Runnin' Rebels 46-24. In a game between No. 8 and No. 9 seeds, supposed to be the closest contests of them all, the results so far have been surprising.
Mike Davis and Demetri McCamey are a big reason for Illinois lead as the two scored 12 points each in the first half. Brandon Paul added six points and three others had four points in the half. Davis and Paul both had six rebounds in the half, as well.
Anthony Marshall had a team-high six points for UNLV, with Quintrell Thomas and Tre'Von Willis each adding five. Points were hard to come by for the Rebels, though, as the team combined to shoot 26.9 percent from the field and 25 percent from beyond the arc.