The Illinois Fighting Illini moved to 2-0 under new coach John Groce with an easy 89-64 victory over the St. Francis (NY) Terriers on Monday night at Assembly Hall.
Illinois dominated almost from the start, opening up a 20-point halftime lead and cruising throughout the second half. The Illini shot 49.2 percent overall and were especially lethal from three-point land, knocking down 11-of-25 from downtown.
Four Illini scored in double figures, with Tyler Griffey's 17 points leading the way. Griffey hit 7-of-10 shots overall and was 3-of-4 from three. He also pulled down five rebounds and blocked two shots. Tracy Abrams (15 points), Brandon Paul (14 points) and Nnanna Egwu (10 points) were the others to crack the double-digit barrier for Illinois.
St. Francis was led by Akeem Johnson's 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Ben Mockford also chipped in with 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting. The Terriers fell to 1-1 on the season.