Illinois Dismantles Penn State, 80-37

Illinois won their second consecutive game in Big Ten play with a Wednesday night demolition of visiting Penn State 80-37. The Fighting Illini held Penn State without a field goal for nearly 11 minutes in the second half, and only allowed 16 points in the whole half. Roger Powell led Illinois with 16 points, 14 in the first half, and Deron Williams was the only other Illini player to score in double figures with 12.

Wednesday night in Champaign, the Fighting Illini (12-4, 3-2) buckled down on the defensive side of the court and dominated the Penn State Nittany Lions in an 80-37 victory in Big Ten Conference play. The Fighting Illini never trailed Wednesday night, and the game was never closer than ten points after Illinois took a 27-17 lead with 5:58 left in the first half.

All thirteen players on Illinois' roster saw time on the court, even walkon Frank Nkemdi saw three minutes of action in the games final minutes. Since Illinois used all the players at their disposal, only Roger Powell and Deron Williams scored in double figures contributing 16 and 12, respectively. The only Illini that did not score on Wednesday night were Frank Nkemdi and Aaron Spears.

James Augustine led the Illini with 12 rebounds, and he was one point shy of another double double. Deron Williams led the Illini with 8 assists, and Dee Brown contributed 6 assists to go with his 9 points.

The highlight reel play of the evening for Illinois was a Brian Randle dunk over two Penn State defenders during the final minutes of the game.

ILLINI STATISTICS
PLAYER MIN FGM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST PF PTS
L. Head 25 4-8 0-1 2 9 3 1 8
R. Powell 25 6-7 4-7 1 5 1 0 16
J. Augustine 25 3-5 3-4 4 12 0 2 9
D. Williams 26 5-10 0-0 0 0 8 0 12
D. Brown 29 3-7 0-0 1 2 6 1 9
A. Spears 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 3 0
J. Howard 7 2-2 1-2 0 0 0 1 7
R. McBride 15 1-3 0-0 0 1 3 1 2
F. Nkemdi 3 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 1 0
W. Carter 7 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 2
B. Randle 13 4-6 0-0 1 5 0 1 8
N. Smith 11 2-2 0-0 0 2 0 2 5
J. Ingram 7 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 2

Team Rebounds: 2
Turnovers: 11 (D. Brown 2, L. Head, R. Powell, J. Augustine, D. Williams, A. Spears, J. Howard, R. McBride, B. Randle, N. Smith)
Blocked Shots: 7 (B. Randle 3, J. Augustine 2, R. Powell, N. Smith)
Steals: 5 (L. Head, D. Williams, D. Brown, A. Spears, B. Randle)
3-Point Field Goals: 8-22 (D. Brown 3-7, J. Howard 2-2, D. Williams 2-5, N. Smith 1-1, L. Head 0-4, B. Randle 0-1)

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