Illinois guard Malcolm Hill had quite a senior night, dropping 22 points and 4 assists on Michigan State as the Illini picked up another late-season, quality win to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive.
He also moved up to No. 4 on Illinois’ all-time scoring list with 1,759 career points.
After the game, Hill got teary when talking about his family during a Big Ten Network interview.
“Man, just it means a lot,” Hill said of his family’s support. “These last four years, they’ve done a lot for me. My family’s been here for me ever since day one. The fan support has been unbelievable. I’m just so proud, and I really appreciate the love I’ve been shown from Illini nation. I wouldn’t have done it without my family and friends and coaches.
Before leaving the court, Hill also knelt down to kiss the orange “I” at center court.
This dude is a straight up ambassador for the @IlliniMBB program. That emotion in the postgame interview was real. https://t.co/XD2Bo0UepW
— Alex Roux (@arouxBTN) March 2, 2017
He’ll be remembered around the program as an all-time great.