Illini Defeat West Chester in Final Tune-up
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.