Boxscore
Illinois 75, Colgate 55
Friday, November 9, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - Assembly Hall, Champaign, Illinois
Officials - Larry Scirotto, Tim Stewart, Terry Wymer
Attendance - 14683

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Colgate 25 30 55
Illinois 43 32 75

Recap


Illinois 75, Colgate 55: Brandon Paul recorded 20 points and added eight rebounds as the host Fighting Illini opened the John Groce era with a rout of the Raiders in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.

Tracy Abrams added 13 points for the Illini (1-0), which hit 13 3-pointers while implementing Groce's up-tempo system that helped him take Ohio to the Sweet 16 last season. Groce was hired to replace Bruce Weber, who was fired after nine seasons when Illinois lost 12 of its final 14 games and missed out on the NIT in 2011-12.

The early results are promising, though the win came against a team that was one of the worst in the nation last season. Illinois seized control early in the first half with a 21-2 run, which was capped by Paul's 3-pointer that gave the Fighting Illini a commanding 35-16 lead. Illinois led 43-25 at the break and extended the advantage to as much as 24 in the second half.

The Illini will play St. Francis (N.Y.) and Hawaii before facing the winner of Friday's Southern California/Elon matchup on Nov. 20.

Murphy Burnatowski scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half for Colgate (0-1).


GAME NOTEBOOK: Burnatowski shot 7-of-10 in the first half. The rest of his teammates were 2-of-15. ... Paul also had five assists. ... Nearly half of Illinois' field goal attempts came from beyond the arc (30 out of 74).

Colgate Raiders

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
John Brandenburg 23:00 1-3 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 4
Murphy Burnatowski 29:00 8-14 5-9 2-3 1 3 4 1 1 4 2 2 23
Pat Moore 29:00 3-10 1-6 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 0 4 0 7
Mitch Rolls 28:00 1-5 1-3 2-2 0 2 2 4 3 0 4 0 5
Clayton Graham 13:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 0 2
Damon Shermin-Newsome 17:00 2-6 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 1 4
Brandon James 10:00 1-3 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 2
Luke Roh 22:00 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 3 4 0 2 0 4
Matt McMullen 15:00 0-1 0-0 2-4 1 4 5 2 0 0 0 0 2
Chad Johnson 12:00 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 4 1 1 0 2
Alex Ramon 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lazar Bogdanovic 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jared Accettura 0:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 20-51 7-23 8-11 4 27 31 13 15 5 17 5 55
  39.2% 30.4% 72.7% Team Rebs: 1   Total TO: 17

Illinois Fighting Illini

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Nnanna Egwu 24:00 3-10 0-0 1-1 4 2 6 0 2 1 3 0 7
Tyler Griffey 18:00 4-6 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 10
Myke Henry 16:00 1-5 1-2 2-4 3 4 7 0 2 0 2 1 5
Brandon Paul 29:00 8-15 3-8 1-3 1 7 8 5 1 2 2 0 20
Tracy Abrams 32:00 5-11 3-5 0-1 0 3 3 5 3 0 3 1 13
D.J. Richardson 30:00 3-12 3-10 0-0 1 6 7 1 1 1 2 0 9
Sam McLaurin 20:00 2-7 0-0 0-1 5 2 7 1 1 0 0 0 4
Joseph Bertrand 21:00 3-7 1-2 0-0 2 4 6 0 0 1 0 0 7
Devin Langford 7:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
Mike LaTulip 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Shaw 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ibby Djimde 1:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Berardini 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 29-74 13-30 4-10 18 28 46 14 12 5 12 2 75
  39.2% 43.3% 40.0% Team Rebs: 1   Total TO: 12
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