Demetri McCamey drives to the basket ahead of Indiana's Broderick Lewis in the first half. (AP Photo/John Dixon)
Jan. 10, 2009
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois guard Trent Meacham showered Indiana with three-pointers Saturday, leading the Illini to a 76-45 win over their biggest rivals.
Meacham, a senior from Champaign, led Illinois with 21 points. He hit seven of nine three-point shots.
The Illini (14-2, 2-1) opened up a 21-2 lead in the game's first seven minutes and never trailed.
Meacham wasn't the only Illinois player hitting from long distance. The Illini were 13-25 from three-point range and had four players in double figures.
Indiana (5-10, 0-3) lost its top scoring threat, Devan Dumes, late in the first half to a sprained left ankle. Dumes entered the game averaging 13.7 points.
Nick Williams led the Hoosiers with 12 points.
Illinois Postgame Notes
1. With its 76-45 victory over Indiana today, Illinois logged its 79th win over the Hoosiers in the series. The 31-point margin of victory is the largest for an Illini team over Indiana in its 161-game series.
2. The victory is also the program's 1,599th win, which ranks 13th in the NCAA Division I.
3. Guard Trent Meacham set a new season high in three-point shooting in the first half alone with five. He then added two more threes in the second half in just nine minutes on the court, falling one trey short of the school record and his career high.
4. Meacham scored 21 points in only 26 minutes, going over the 20-point mark for the second time this year and sixth time in his career.
5. Illinois starters played only 112 of the game's 200 minutes, leaving the bench to account for 26 points in the game.
6. The Illini shot 52 percent from outside the arc, making 13-of-25 threes. It is the fourth time this year Illinois has hit over 50 percent of its three-pointers.
7. Illinois also shot over 50 percent from the field for the sixth time this season. On the flipside, Indiana was held to 39.2 percent shooting. It is the 10th time this year Illinois has held its opponent to under 40 percent shooting.
8. Illinois blocked nine shots vs. Indiana today, marking the most this season. Mike Tisdale tied a career high with four rejections today to lead the team.
9. Illinois took advantage of Indiana's 19 turnovers, converting 31 points off Hoosier miscues, compared to just six points for the Hoosiers off Illinois' nine mistakes.
10. Illinois shot 84.6 percent from the free-throw line, marking the fifth time this season the Illini have been over 80 percent.
11. Illinois' 45 points scored in the first half was the most this season in the first half of play. Three Illini scored in double figures in the first half -- Meacham had 15, while Davis and McCamey added 10.
12. Illinois led Indiana 45-20 at the half today, extending the streak of not trailing at the break to all 17 games this year.
13. The Illini started the game with a 21-2 run, holding Indiana without a field goal for the first 2:17 and then another 5:21 between its first and second field goals. During that first run, Illinois hit its first five three-point attempts.
14. The Assembly Hall was sold out for the first time this season (16,618), making this game the first time Illinois has played in front of a sell out crowd this year.