Postgame Notes - #20/20 Illinois 88, Northwestern 63
Jan. 7, 2011
#20/20 Illinois 88, Northwestern 63
1. The Illini broke the school record for field goal percentage after making 31-of-44 field goals (70.5 percent), besting the previous mark of 69.1 percent (38-of-55) from Dec. 4, 1985 when the Illini defeated Wisconsin-Green Bay, 84-34.
2. Illinois improved to 3-0 in the Big Ten for the second year in a row and the third time since the 1997-98 season. Through three conference games, the Illini are shooting 86-of-133 (64.7 percent) from the field and 28-of-44 (63.6 percent) from three.
3. The Illini led 47-24 at halftime after turning in their best shooting half of the season, as they drained 18-of-22 field goals (81.8 percent), which included 6-of-7 from three-point land. In the first half of Illinois' three Big Ten games, the Illini have hit 52-of-74 (70.3 percent) field goals and 19-of-25 (76 percent) three-point attempts.
4. Bill Cole, who had the defensive assignment on John Shurna (21.3 ppg), held the Big Ten's leading scorer in check, limiting him to single-digit points (7) for the first time all season.
5. Six Illini reached double figures on the night, led by a team-high 14 points from Demetri McCamey, who also dished out seven assists.
6. Mike Davis finished with a career-high seven assists and tied a career-best on 6-of-8 free throw shooting, while reaching double figures with 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds.
7. Meyers Leonard scored a career-high 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including a pair of dunks. Ten of his 21 field goals this season have been dunks.
8. Despite playing with a strained Achilles, Jereme Richmond scored 11 points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting, including the first three pointer of his career.
9. Mike Tisdale reached double figures for the first time in five games, scoring 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
10. All 13 Illini entered the game while Illinois' three true-freshmen combined for 27 points on 10-of-11 shooting.
11. Illinois outscored the Wildcats 38-16 in the paint, marking the second-greatest advantage in that category on the season.