Illinois Postgame Notes vs. St. Francis
Nov. 12, 2012
Illinois 89, St. Francis 64
1. Illinois improved to 2-0 on the season with today's win. It marks the 13th-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 17-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 29 straight games.
3. The Illini broke the game open with a15-0 run to end the first half, taking a slim 30-25 lead with 7:11 remaining into a 45-25 halftime bulge. Illinois then put the game away at the start of the second half with a13-4 run to open up a 58-29 lead at the 17:12 mark. In all, the Illini outscored the Terriers 28-4 in a 10-minute span at the end of the first half and the start of the second half.
4. Illinois sank 11-of-25 three-pointers for the game (44 percent) after making 13 threes in Friday's season-opening win over Colgate. Last season, the Illini's season high was 11 made threes in a game, a total they've reached in both games this season.
5. Senior forward Tyler Griffey had a big game, hitting 7-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from behind the arc for a game-high 17 points, just missing his career-high of 18.
6. In addition to Griffey, three more Illini reached double figures - sophomore guard Tracy Abrams (15 points), senior guard Brandon Paul (14 points) and sophomore forward Nnanna Egwu (10 points). Paul also added a team-high six assists.
7. Illinois' lone freshman, walk-on Mike LaTulip, scored his first points as an Illini tonight. He finished the game with seven points in eight minutes, making 2-of-4 field goals and the first three-pointer of his career.