Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. Jacksonville State
Nov. 10, 2013
Illinois Postgame Notes
1. Illinois improved to 2-0 on the season with tonight's win. It marks the 14th-straight season the Illini have started the season with at least two-straight wins. The last time they didn't was 1998-99 under head coach Lon Kruger.
2. With tonight's win, the Illini have now won 24-straight home games against non-conference opponents. Their last loss was March 24, 2010, against Dayton in the NIT. The last regular season non-conference home loss for the Illini was against Clemson on Dec. 2, 2008, a string of 35 straight games.
3. Illinois is now 10-0 in November under head coach John Groce, who is in his second season with the Illini. The Orange and Blue were 8-0 in November last year under the direction of Groce en route to a 12-0 start to the season.
4. Senior guard Joseph Bertrand notched his first career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, hitting 7-of-9 from the field, including his first six baskets, and 6-of-8 from the line.
5. Freshman PG Jaylon Tate didn't play like a frosh tonight, scoring 10 points on 3-of-3 FG on 4-of-5 FT with a game-high eight assists, two blocks and only one turnover in is second game as an Illini.
6. Junior F/C Nnanna Egwu tied his career high with five blocked shots to go along with 10 points and seven rebounds. It marks the second time Egwu has had five blocks in a game, with his other coming on Jan. 2, 2013 at Purdue.
7. The Illini also totaled their most blocks in a game under Groce with 11 rejections. UI's top mark from the 2012-13 season was nine blocks vs. Eastern Kentucky (12/16/13).
8. In addition to Bertrand, Egwu and Tate, junior guard Tracy Abrams (13 points) and junior guard Rayvonte Rice (13 points) were also in double-figures for the Orange and Blue. After missing his first six shots, Abrams netted his final five attempts on the night.
9. For the second time in two games this season, all 11 available Illini played and scored in the game.
10. Illinois did not commit a turnover in the second half and only had five miscues for the game.
11. The Illini never trailed in today's game and have not trailed over the past 77:05 after only falling behind briefly in the opening minutes against Alabama State.