Illinois Opens Season With Win Over Northeastern
Nov. 11, 2007
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois struggled to find its rhythm early, but a 10-0 run to start the second half propelled the Illini to a 63-55 victory over Northeastern on Sunday.
Illinois' other returning starter, Chester Frazier, had two points, three rebounds and five assists.
Northeastern built an early 9-4 lead before Illinois could settle into the Panthers zone defense.
Both teams traded baskets to end the half, but Steve Holdrens 3-pointer with 1:27 to go in the half gave Illinois a 22-19 advantage heading into the locker room.
The Illini had 10 first-half turnovers, while shooting 29.4 percent from the field on 10-of-34 shooting. The Huskies shot 8-of-23 from the field - good for 34.8 percent - in the first half, but were 0-of-4 from the three-point line.
Even though the Illini out-rebounded the Huskies 25-14 in the first half, they were just 0-of-2 from the free throw line.
Chaisson Allen led the Huskies with 11 points and Nkem Ojougboh had 10 points and 13 rebounds.