Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. Penn State - January 4, 2014
Jan. 4, 2014
Illinois Postgame Notes
1. Illinois opened Big Ten play with consecutive wins for the first time since 2011 when it started 3-0.
2. UI has won 13 in a row at State Farm Center, its longest home winning streak since claiming 14 straight from Feb. 16, 2011-Jan. 10, 2012.
3. The Illini held the Nittany Lions to their lowest offensive output this season with 55 points, nearly 25 points below their season average. PSU entered the game averaging 79.9 points per game, the fourth-highest average among Big Ten teams.
4. Illinois held its opponent to under 30 percent shooting for the first time this season, as Penn State shot a season-low 29.8 percent (17-of-57).
5. UI limited Penn State's two leading scorers, D.J. Newbill (18.8 ppg) and Tim Frazier (17.4 ppg), to a season-low 17 points on a combined 5-of-19 shooting. Newbill, who was ejected midway through the second half, was held to a season-low seven points, marking the first time he failed to reach double figures this year. Frazier finished with 10 points on 3-of-11 from the field.
6. After PSU's Newbill was ejected from the game with 8:38 remaining and UI leading 52-43, the Illini closed the contest on a 23-12 run.
7. Illinois jumped out to a 9-0 lead and held Penn State scoreless for the opening 6:48 of the contest. Dating back to the Indiana game, the Illini defense held their opponent to one field goal, an overtime three-pointer by Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell, over a span of 18:32.
8. The Illini started both the first and second half on a 9-0 run and led wire-to-wire for the fifth time this season.
9. Illinois had single-digit turnovers for the fifth time this season, committing only eight miscues.
10. Junior Rayvonte Rice led the Illini in scoring for the 11th time with a team-high 15 points. He has scored 12 or more points in all 15 games this year.
11. Junior Tracy Abrams stepped up in the second half, scoring all 12 of his points after the break, and finished with five assists and six rebounds.
12. Graduate student Jon Ekey snapped out of a mini shooting slump with three three-pointers and finished with 11 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds.
13. Freshmen Malcolm Hill (8 points) and Jaylon Tate (6 points) were both a perfect 4-of-4 at the free throw line, while freshman Kendrick Nunn added five points, giving the Illini rookies a combined 19 points off the bench, their third-highest output this year.