Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. IPFW - November 29, 2013
Nov. 29, 2013
Illinois Postgame Notes
1. Illinois improved to 7-0 on the season with the 57-55 victory. It marks the third-straight season the Illini have started the year with at least seven consecutive wins, a streak that began in 2010-11.
2. UI is now 15-0 in November under head coach John Groce. Overall, the Illini have won their last 26 games in the month of November.
3. The Illini won their 28th straight non-conference game at State Farm Center and extended their home court winning streak in regular season non-conference games to 39 in a row.
4. The Orange and Blue overcame their largest deficit (11) this season, using a 17-5 run to come back from trailing 35-24 with 25 seconds left in the first half. It marked the second-straight game the Illini battled back from a double-digit deficit, as they came back from a 10-point halftime deficit to win by two at UNLV. It also marked the second-straight game they held their opponent to 20 points in the second half.
5. Illinois has held each of its first seven opponents to 63 points or fewer this season, something an Illini team hasn't done since the 2006-07 season. For the first time this season, UI allowed an opponent to shoot over 40 percent from the field, as IPFW shot 43.4 percent.
6. The Illini forced a season-high 18 turnovers, including 11 in the second half. UI only committed three turnovers in the second half.
7. Junior guard Rayvonte Rice poured in a game-high 17 points and helped seal the victory with a steal and two free throws with seven seconds remaining in the game.
8. Rice has scored in double figures in all seven games this season, making him the first Illini newcomer to score in double figures in each of his first seven games since Kiwane Garris did so in his first 10 games as a freshman in 1993-94. He has been the Illini's leading scorer in four of seven games this year.
9. Junior Tracy Abrams scored 12 of his season-high 15 points in the second half. He started Illinois' 17-5 run that helped erase the 11-point deficit with a three-point play with 2.7 seconds remaining in the first half. He also added a season-high four steals.
10. Senior Joseph Bertrand reached double figures (11 points) for the fourth time this season on 4-of-5 shooting.