Boxscore
Illinois 72, Western Carolina 64
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 8:00 PM
Location - Assembly Hall, Champaign, Illinois
Officials - Ed Hightower, Glenn Mayberry, Ray Perone
Attendance - 14191

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Western Carolina 22 42 64
Illinois 32 40 72

Recap


No. 14 Illinois 72, Western Carolina 64: Brandon Paul scored a team-high 14 points to help the Illini stay unbeaten by holding off a game effort by the visiting Catamounts.

Illinois (9-0) had just a two-point lead with five minutes to play before going on an 8-0 run to open up a double-digit advantage with 2:24 to play. Western Carolina never got closer than six the rest of the way.

D.J. Richardson added 13 points for the Illini, including three 3-pointers. Tracy Abrams chipped in 10 points for the Illini, who shot just 29.2 percent (7-for-24) from beyond the arc.

Preston Ross paced the Catamounts (3-6) with 17 points, while Brandon Boggs added 16, including 4-for-5 shooting from 3-point range. WCU also got a 13-point, eight-rebound effort from James Sinclair and 10 points from Tawaski King.

Trey Sumler came into the game averaging a team-best 17.6 points per game for the Catamounts but shot just 3-for-10 from the field, finishing with eight points and eight turnovers.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Illinois first-year coach John Groce's 9-0 start is the second-best start for a coach in school history, behind Fletcher Lane's 12-0 start in 1907-08. … Western Carolina's 20 field goals marked a season-low total for the Catamounts, one fewer than the previous low of 21 in the season opener against UNC-Asheville. … Illinois next plays at No. 10 Gonzaga on Saturday. Western Carolina plays at home for the first time since Nov. 21 when it hosts Appalachian State on Saturday.



Western Carolina Catamounts

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
James Sinclair 30:00 4-9 2-4 3-4 4 4 8 3 3 0 3 0 13
Brandon Boggs 36:00 5-12 4-5 2-2 3 3 6 1 3 2 2 0 16
Tawaski King 40:00 3-6 0-0 4-9 3 3 6 1 2 1 2 0 10
Preston Ross 33:00 5-10 1-3 6-7 2 3 5 1 4 2 2 1 17
Trey Sumler 40:00 3-10 2-4 0-0 3 6 9 4 3 1 8 0 8
Tom Tankelewicz 7:00 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 0 0
Mike Brown 7:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0
Rhett Harrelson 4:00 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Josh Mendenhall 3:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 20-52 9-21 15-22 16 21 37 11 19 6 21 1 64
  38.5% 42.9% 68.2% Team Rebs: 4   Total TO: 21

Illinois Fighting Illini

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Tracy Abrams 30:00 4-11 0-2 2-2 4 1 5 3 0 2 0 0 10
Brandon Paul 35:00 5-15 1-6 3-3 0 2 2 2 0 2 3 1 14
Nnanna Egwu 17:00 2-5 1-1 0-0 0 4 4 0 5 1 2 1 5
Tyler Griffey 23:00 2-6 0-3 0-0 1 5 6 1 4 1 0 0 4
D.J. Richardson 34:00 3-9 3-8 4-6 1 2 3 1 1 3 0 0 13
Sam McLaurin 25:00 2-4 0-0 1-3 4 1 5 1 2 2 2 1 5
Joseph Bertrand 16:00 3-5 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 1 3 0 4 0 7
Myke Henry 12:00 3-7 0-2 3-5 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 1 9
Mike Shaw 3:00 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Devin Langford 5:00 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 2
TOTAL 200 26-65 7-24 13-19 15 16 31 9 16 12 11 4 72
  40.0% 29.2% 68.4% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 11