Bruce Weber received what he hopes to be his first win of many in the Big Ten as the Illini and Nick Smith opened up Big Ten play with a bang on Wednesday night with a convincing 85-63 victory over visiting Ohio State. Smith scored a career high 22 points, making every shot he took either from the floor or the free throw line. The Fighting Illini used their inside outside game to jump to a 39-22 lead at the half and never looked back in the second half.
Illinois point guard Dee Brown appeared to have gotten his stroke back early in Wednesday night's game as he hit two three pointers before half time. Dee finished the game as one of six Illini in double figures with 16 points. James Augustine and Brian Randle, who brought the Assembly Hall crowd to their feet with a first half highlight reel slam dunk on a breakaway, contributed 10 points. Roger Powell and Rich McBride both contributed 11 points for the Illini.
Illinois was playing today without starting guard Luther Head. Luther was suspended for tonight's game after being arrested for driving with a suspended license last night when a police officer pulled him over for running a stop sign.
Ohio State was led by Terence Dials 11 points and Tony Stockman added 10 for the Buckeyes in a losing cost.
Illinois Opens Big Ten With 85-63 Victory
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