Nov. 17, 2011
Illinois 79, Lipscomb 64
Illinois Postgame Notes
Nov. 17, 2011 // Assembly Hall, Champaign, Ill. // Attendance: 13,503
1. Illinois improved to 3-0 on the season and 107-23 at home under Bruce Weber. The Illini have now started at least 3-0 for 12 consecutive seasons.
2. With the win, Illinois improves to 29-1 in November home games under Weber. The lone November home loss during the Weber era was on Nov. 28, 2006, against Maryland. Since then, the Illini have won 16 straight home games in the month of November.
3. The victory also extended Illinois' regular-season non-conference winning streak to 21.
4. Illinois broke the game open with a 14-0 run over 5:52 of the second half, turning a 36-33 lead into a 50-33 advantage with 12:13 remaining. The Illini led by as many as 24 later in the half, when they went up 63-39 with 7:36 remaining.
5. Junior guard D.J. Richardson led Illinois in scoring for the second-straight game, following up his career high-tying 20 points in Monday's win over SIU with a game-high 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting tonight.
6. Sam Maniscalco was close behind Richardson with 15 points of his own on 4-of-7 shooting from the floor and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. It marked his highest point total as an Illini.
7. Joseph Bertrand nearly collected his first career double double with a career-high 11 points and a career-best eight rebounds. His previous career highs were five points (vs. Toledo, 11/10/10) and two rebounds (vs. Loyola, 11/11/11).
8. Sophomore guard Crandall Head saw his first action of the season, returning from a four-game suspension for violating team rules. Head had three points and two assists in 11 minutes against the Bisons.
9. Junior guard Brandon Paul also poured in 12 points on the night on 6-of-12 shooting from the field.
10. Illinois shot 51.8 percent on the night, its best on the young season, while holding the Bisons to 31.7 percent for the night.
11. Illinois trailed for first time this season when Lipscomb took a 2-0 lead with 18:36 left in the first half. But Illinois tied it up 1:12 later on a dunk by Paul and never trailed again.
12. Tonight's game was the second of four straight games that are part of the Cancun Challenge. Monday's 66-46 win over SIUE was also part of the Challenge, and now the Illini will head to Cancun to face Richmond (Nov. 22 at 8:30 pm) and either Rutgers or Illinois State (Nov. 23 at 6 or 8:30 pm). Illinois' two games in Cancun will be televised by CBS Sports Network.