Trent Meacham led the Illini with 12 points on 5-8 shooting in the win over Kentucky Wesleyan.
Nov. 7, 2007
Champaign, Ill. - Illinois closed out the exhibition portion of its 2007-08 season Tuesday night with a convincing 76-39 victory over Div. II opponent Kentucky Wesleyan at the Assembly Hall. The Illini scored the game's first 15 points and never looked back en route to the 37-point victory.
Fourteen Illini players entered the scoring column on the night led by junior Trent Meacham, who scored 12 points on 5-8 shooting. Senior Brian Randle had eight points on perfect 4-4 accuracy, while freshmen Mike Tisdale and Bill Cole added seven apiece.
As he did in last week's exhibition win over Quincy, coach Bruce Weber scripted minutes and lineup rotations to allow time for everyone on the squad, with noone playing more than 19 minutes. Despite the rapid substitions, the Illini went on a number of scoring runs to cruise to victory.
Illinois' defense was strong, holding Kentucky Wesleyan to less than 40 points on 32 percent shooting (15-47). The Pantheres also committed 20 turnovers, compared to just four miscues for the Illini on the night. Illinois outscored Kentucky Wesleyan 30-2 in points off turnovers. The UI shot 43 percent (25-58) and tallied 16 assists on its 25 baskets.
Next up, Illinois opens the regular season on Sunday, hosting Northeastern at 1 p.m. CT at the Assembly Hall.