Illinois Rolls Past Castellanza Select, 131-65
Aug. 18, 2011
Castellanza, Italy -
Illinois rolled past Castellanza Select Thursday night, routing the hosts by the score of 131-65. The Illini dominated every facet of the game in cruising to its largest margin of victory during its Italian Tour.
Illinois continued the hot shooting it showed yesterday in the scrimmage victory over West Virginia. After shooting nearly 63 percent against the Mountaineers, the Illini hit almost 55 percent against Castellanza (53-97), which included 11-of-20 accuracy from 3-point range. Illinois outrebounded Castellanza 41-to-26 and continued its pressure defense for three quarters, accumulating 24 steals and forcing Castellanza into 36 turnovers. With such a large lead, the Illini switched to a zone defense for the final quarter.
Twelve Illini players logged at least 10 minutes as Coach Bruce Weber continued to sub frequently, often five players at a time. That resulted in balanced scoring with all 12 entering the scoring column, including seven in double figures.
Sophomore Joseph Bertrand - the Illini's leading scorer in game one vs. Rome Select - was the top UI scorer once again against Castellanza. Bertrand made 8-of-12 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, good for a game-high 18 points. He also tallied four steals. Junior Tyler Griffey was right behind Bertrand, totaling 17 points on perfect 4-of-4 shooting in addition to eight free throws.
Junior Brandon Paul had another strong game, registering 15 points and connecting on all three of his 3-point attempts. Paul also had a game-high eight assists along with four rebounds.
Freshman Ibby Djimde had his best game of the trip, scoring 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting with four boards. Fellow freshman Myke Henry continued his recent scoring spree, netting 13 points on 6-of-8 from the field to go along with five boards, three blocks and three steals. A third freshman, Mike Shaw, was the Illini's top rebounder on the night, snatching eight boards.
Illinois concludes its Italy Tour on Friday, facing Fulgor Omegna at 11 a.m. Central Time.