Tracy Abrams led all scorers with 17 points.
Nov. 4, 2012
Illinois wrapped up exhibition play on Sunday afternoon at the Assembly Hall, defeating West Chester (Pa.) by the score of 75-66.
Trailing 12-8 less than seven minutes into the game, the Illini reeled off an impressive 19 unanswered points over the next six-and-a-half minutes to take a 27-12 lead. It was a balanced effort, as six different UI players scored during the run.
Illinois had one more run left before halftime, rattling off nine straight over a three-and-a-half minute stretch to extend a 33-19 lead to 42-19 with 1:15 left. The Illini entered the locker room with a 44-20 advantage.
Illinois was ahead by as many as 27 points on two different occasions in the second half, the latter a 57-30 lead with 12:30 remaining. Illinois still led by 24 points (68-44) with 6:30 showing on the clock, but West Chester closed strong, outscoring the hosts 22-7 over the closing stretch to make the final margin only nine points.
Four different Illini scored in double figures, led by Tracy Abrams, who scored a game-high 17 points while also tallying seven rebounds and three steals. Joseph Bertrand scored 13 on 6-of-8 shooting, and Brandon Paul added 12. Sam McLaurin, meanwhile, nearly registered a double-double, totaling 11 points and nine boards.
The Illini open regular-season play on Friday, hosting Colgate at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at FightingIllini.com, by calling 1-866-ILLINI-1, or in person at the Illinois Ticket Office at Assembly Hall.