NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 19: Meyer Leonard #12 of the Illinois Fighting Illini slam dunks against the Maryland Terrapins during the 2k Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 19 2010 in New York New York. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
The Illinois Fighting Illini had little trouble while defeating the Chicago State Cougars 90-43 on Sunday afternoon.
The Illinois Fighting Illini hosted the Chicago State Cougars on Sunday afternoon and had little trouble winning their sixth consecutive game in a 90-43 blowout. Illinois opened up a 44-19 lead going into halftime, and completed dominated essentially the entire game.
It was an impressive defensive effort by Illinois, holding Chicago State to just 34 percent shooting. The Cougars failed to make a field goal in the game's final ten minutes, and failed to even score a point in the game's final four minutes. Illinois finished the game on a 22-4 run, scoring the game's final nine points.
Balance was key for Illinois, as five different players hit double-figures and eight different players scored at least seven points apiece. Myke Henry led the Fighting Illini with 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting, while D.J. Richardson, Meyers Leonard and Nnanna Egwu added 11 points each. Jeremy Robinson led the way for Chicago State with 14 points and 6 rebounds.