Illini Defeat Lewis 79-47
Oct. 27, 2012
The Fighting Illini defeated Lewis 79-47 in an exhibition game Saturday night at the Assembly Hall. Illinois was on fire to start the game, jumping out to a 26-4 lead in less than 12 minutes. The Illini made six of their first eight 3-point attempts during the early spree, with six different players connecting from long range. The UI's defense was equally as impressive, holding Lewis to 1-of-13 shooting. The Flyers settled down, however, outscoring the hosts 16-9 over the final eight-plus minutes of the half as the Illini took a 35-20 lead into intermission.
Illinois quickly pushed the lead back above 20 by opening the second half with six unanswered points. The margin stayed in the 20s for nearly the rest of the game before settling at 32 points.
The Illini shot nearly 51 percent for the game (29-57), and were exactly 50 percent from 3-point range (9-18). Lewis, meanwhile, shot less than 30 percent (15-51) on the night and managed just 3-of-16 from behind the arc. Illinois outscored the Flyers 30-to-18 in the paint and held a commanding 42-to-23 edge on the glass. The Illini forced 18 Lewis turnovers and converted them into 29 points.
Coach John Groce utilized everyone on the roster, as all 13 Illini logged minutes. Eleven of the players reached the scoring column, with three in double figures. D.J. Richardson led the Illini with 12 points. Myke Henry and Sam McLaurin, meanwhile, added 11 each. Brandon Paul tallied nine points along with five assists. And Tyler Griffey grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
Illinois returns to the court for its final exhibition game on Nov. 4, facing West Chester (Pa.) at 3 p.m. at the Assembly Hall.