Shannon scores 30 as No. 19 Illinois routs Monmouth 103-65
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Terrence Shannon Jr. had a career-high 30 factors and eight rebounds to steer No. 19 Illinois to a 103-65 win over Monmouth on Monday evening.
Freshman guard Jayden Epps scored a season-high 21 factors and Dain Dainja completed with 15 factors on 7-for-9 taking pictures for the Illini (3-0).
Andrew Ball scored 13 factors to steer Monmouth (0-3), and Jack Collins added 12.
Illinois made its first 5 pictures — 4 of them 3s — and hit 9 of its first 12 pictures to dash out to a 24-9 lead. It was a pointy distinction from a 1-for-18 begin from the sphere in a win over Kansas City final Friday.
Illinois led 8-0 simply 44 seconds in due to a 3 by Shannon, a steal and layup from RJ Melendez and a 3 from Skyy Clark. Clark pushed the Illini result in double digits with a decisive crossover in transition and a layup, a part of a 31-5 run that included 4 buckets from Shannon and 4 from Dainja.
Illinois led 63-33 at halftime after taking pictures 76.7% within the first half.
The Illini sharpshooters cooled off a bit within the second half, ending the sport at 59.7%. It hardly mattered partly because of changing 24 Hawks turnovers into 30 factors.
Monmouth: King Rice’s group is working by means of some inevitable bumps after graduating eight seniors from final 12 months’s 21-13 group. Back-to-back street video games towards ranked opponents ought to function good preparation for Monmouth’s first season within the CAA after leaping from the MAAC.
Illinois: Limiting turnovers will probably be a key for this group in difficult video games in Las Vegas towards No. 8 UCLA and both No. 5 Baylor or No. 16 Virginia. The Hawks seemed helpless earlier than crawling into the sport by scoring seven factors off 4 turnovers.
Monmouth: The Hawks tackle Norfolk State of their dwelling opener on Thursday.
Illinois: Heads to Las Vegas to tackle No. 8 UCLA Friday within the first of two video games within the Continental Tire Main Event.
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