Scores

Final

Colgate 55

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Illinois 75

(1-0, 1-0 home)

    8:00 PM ET, November 9, 2012

    State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois

    1 2 T
    COLG 25 3055
    ILL 43 3275

    Top Performers

    Colgate: M. Burnatowski 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl, 2 Blk

    Illinois: B. Paul 20 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Illinois 75, Colgate 55

    Associated Press

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Brandon Paul scored 20 points and John Groce won his first game as Illinois coach with a 75-55 victory over Colgate on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

    Tracy Abrams added 13 points and Tyler Griffey had 10 for the Illini, who hit 10 of 18 3-pointers in the first half en route to a 43-25 lead at the break. Illinois was just 15 of 35 overall from the field in the first half but broke a tie game with a 29-11 run heading into halftime.

    Murphy Burnatowski scored 23 points to lead Colgate.

    Groce guided Ohio to the Sweet 16 last season before replacing Bruce Weber, who was fired as Illinois coach in March after losing 12 of the last 14 games.

    Paul also had eight rebounds and five assists for the Illini.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    COLG
    ILL
    Points 55 75
    FG Made-Attempted 20-51 (.392) 29-74 (.392)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-23 (.304) 13-30 (.433)
    FT Made-Attempted 8-11 (.727) 4-10 (.400)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 24

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