Illini Defeat Lewis in Exhibition Opener
Oct. 29, 2010
Champaign, Ill. - 13th-ranked Illinois defeated Lewis 75-65 in an exhibition game Friday night at the Assembly Hall. The Fighting Illini trailed by two at halftime but played strong second-half defense in securing the 10-point win.
The Illini began the game by jumping out to a quick 9-2 lead before Lewis responded with a 10-0 run of its own. The Flyers led by as many as nine points at 29-20, but Illinois fought back to within 37-35 at intermission.
Illinois went on a pivotal run midway through the second half, scoring 11 unanswered points while holding the Flyers scoreless for 5:24 to open up a 60-49 advantage with nine minutes remaining. But Lewis would not go away, narrowing the Illini margin to three points at the 4-minute mark, and to within two at 65-63 with 2:30 to play. Illinois, however, scored the next eight points to close out the Flyers.
Illinois shot 48.3 percent compared to 37.3 percent shooting for Lewis. The Illini also outrebounded the Flyers by a 42-to-29 margin.
Senior Mike Davis led the way for the Fighting Illini, registering game highs of 15 points and seven rebounds. Davis was one of four Illini to score in double figures, joined by senior Demetri McCamey (12 points), freshman Jereme Richmond (11) and sophomore D.J. Richardson (10). Illinois showcased its depth, with 11 players logging at least 12 minutes and 10 entering the scoring column.
Illinois returns to the court Tuesday, facing Southern Indiana in a second and final exhibition tune-up before opening the regular season Nov. 8.