Illinois guard Te'Jon Lucas (3) passes around Boise State's center Robin Jorch (10) during an NCAA college basketball game in the NIT, in Champaign, Ill., Monday, March 20, 2017. (Robin Scholz/The News-Gazette via AP)
No. 2 seed Illinois (20-14) will play fourth-seeded Central Florida (23-11) in a quarterfinal. The game was tied at 49 with 10 minutes left before Illinois closed on a 22-7 run.
Chandler Hutchison scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead No. 6 seed Boise State (20-12). Nick Duncan chipped in 12 points. The Broncos shot 0 of 14 from long range in the second half.
Brad Underwood, who became the 18th coach in program history for the Illini, was in attendance. He replaced John Groce after five seasons.