Dec. 13, 2009
Both teams opened cold, shooting a combined 1-for-17 in the game's first 5:30.
Illinois' bench players scored 40 points.
Flenard Whitfield led Western Michigan with 17. David Kool entered the game averaging a team-high 23 points a game, but Illinois held the senior guard to 13.
The game was Illinois' last before a tough road stretch that includes Georgia, Missouri and Gonzaga.