Dec. 19, 2011
#25/24 Illinois 64, Cornell 60
Illinois Postgame Notes
Dec. 19, 2011 // Assembly Hall, Champaign, Ill. // Attendance: 13,578
1. With the win, the Illini are now 8-0 at home this season and have won 11 straight home games dating back to last season.
2. Illinois now owns a 15 game non-conference homecourt winning streak and has won 25 straight regular season non-conference games at Assembly Hall.
3. The Illini won their 14th consecutive December home game and improved to 32-3 in December home games under Weber.
4. Illinois overcame its largest deficit in a win this season after trailing by 10 points (14-24) in the first half. The Illini twice came back from nine points down against both Maryland and St. Bonaventure earlier in the year.
5. Sophomore center Meyers Leonard had a stellar game, notching his third-career double-double with a game-high 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, the most by an Illini this season. Leonard hit 9-of-11 from the field and also blocked three shots and affected several others.
6. Junior guard D.J. Richardson tied his career-high with five three-pointers for the second game in a row. Richardson hit 5-of-10 from behind the arc and scored 17 points in the game. His lone two-pointer was a huge 17-foot jumper from the left elbow that gave the Illini a four-point lead with 17 seconds left.
7. Richardson has been on fire as of late. He's averaging 17.2 points and 4.2 threes per game during the last five games. In that stretch, he has hit 21-of-43 (49 percent) from the beyond the arc.
8. Junior guard Brandon Paul was the third Illini to reach double figures and recorded 13 of his 15 points in the second half.
9. Richardson and Paul combined for 16 of Illinois' final 20 points in the last 7:38 of the game, including two big mid-range jumpers by Paul, one to tie the contest at 58 with 1:54 left and another to give Illinois a 60-58 lead with 1:07 remaining. Richardson sealed the victory with his 17-footer with 17 seconds left to push the lead to four.
10. Sam Maniscalco tied his own season-high for assists along with matching the UI season high on the season with six dimes.
11. Illinois earned its second-largest rebounding advantage on the year, holding a 42-25 edge on the glass. The Orange and Blue have out-rebounded their opponent in nine of 12 games.