D.J. Richardson scored 20 points on Sunday night and the Illinois Fighting Illini improved to 10-0 with a solid 80-63 win over Coppin State. Unofficially, the Illini shot 56.4% from the field, including a 10-22 (45.5%) effort from beyond the three-point line.
Illinois had trouble pulling away from Coppin State in the early stages but eventually built an eight-point halftime lead. They increased that lead to 54-37 about six minutes into the second half, but then Coppin State made things interesting with a 20-5 run that trimmed Illinois' lead to two points. The threat amounted to little, though, and the Eagles scored just six more points over the game's final eight minutes.
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