Illinois-Chicago beats Youngstown St. 73-68

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP)—Rob Eppinger led four scorers in double-digits with 20 points and had 14 rebounds as Illinois-Chicago held off Youngstown State for a 73-68 win Tuesday night in the first round of the Horizon League tournament.

Tori Boyd and Robo Kreps scored 15 points each, and Josh Mayo added 14 as the Flames (16-14) dominated the first quarter.

Youngstown State (11-19) fought back from a 10-point halftime deficit and took a 1-point lead as Vytas Sulskis grabbed his own rebound from a missed jumper and put it in with 5:36 to go. The Penguins went up by 4 before Illinois-Chicago took over again.

The Flames held off the comeback with sharp free-throw shooting in the last four minutes, making all 11 foul shots. They ended the night 16-of-18 from the line, bolstered by 6-of-6 shooting by Eppinger.

Sulskis came off the bench to finish with 20 points for the Penguins, and Tom Parks added 15.

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 Top Performers
 Ill. Chicago
Rob Eppinger Rob Eppinger
7-13,  20 Pts
14 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Youngstown St.
Vytas Sulskis Vytas Sulskis
6-14,  20 Pts
6 Rebs, 3 Assists

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