Illinois overpowers McKendree 112-65

November 16, 2016
McKendree's Michael Jackson (20) and Illinois' Malcolm Hill (21) go after a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Champaign, Ill., on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Danzl)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Jalen Coleman-Lands and Maverick Morgan scored 18 points apiece to lead six players in double figures and Illinois beat Division II McKendree 112-65 on Tuesday night.

Michael Finke had 17 points, on 8-of-10 shooting, and eight rebounds and Tracy Abrams was 5-of-5 from the field with four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points and six assists. Aaron Jordan scored 11, including three 3s, and Mike Thorne Jr. had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Illinois (3-0) opened the game with a 7-0 run, including five points by Finke, and never trailed.

Coleman-Lands hit 3-pointers on three-consecutive possessions to make it 21-10 with 12:28 left in the first half and the Illini led by double figures the rest of the way.

The Illinois bench outscored McKendree’s reserves 59-23 and shot 56 percent from the field, including 16 of 28 (57 percent) from 3-point range.

Nate Michael, son of former Illinois basketball player Tom Michael, led the McKendree (1-0) with 25 points. The game served as an exhibition for Bearcats.


Illinois hosts Detroit on Friday night as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament.

McKendree returns to regular-season games Saturday when the Bearcats host Crowley’s Ridge on Saturday night.


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