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Illinois 86, Kansas City 48

By GAVIN GOOD
Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Dain Dainja scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and to lead No. 23 Illinois to an 86-48 win over Kansas City.

Terrence Shannon Jr. added 14 points and five assists for the Illini (2-0).

Shemarri Allen led the Roos (0-3) with 20 points and eight rebounds on 9 of 19 shooting.

Shannon opened the scoring with a vicious dunk, but Illinois fell behind 9-5 early as it missed 17 of its first 18 shots.

Dainja broke the drought by getting a fadeaway jumper to go down and drawing a foul after grabbing an offensive rebound. He hit the ensuing free throw and Matthew Mayer drilled a 3 on the next possession, part of a 21-4 run the Illini pieced together to take a comfortable 17-point lead into the half.

The Roos missed 10 of their last 11 shots of the first half and shot 31.3% for the night.

Hawkins capped a 9-0 run with an emphatic slam in transition to put the game out of reach and give Illinois a 61-34 for Illinois with 11:38 left. Dainja rejected RayQuawndis Mitchell's layup at the other end for good measure.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas City: The Roos made it difficult on the Illini early on with a strong effort on the glass and by mixing in some zone, despite being clearly outmatched. Coach Marvin Menzies' group seems to lack perimeter shooters, which also showcased itself in a 59-56 loss to Division II Lincoln (Missouri) on Monday when the Roos went 5 of 25 from long distance.

Illinois: The result was hardly ever in question Friday, but this Illinois team seems to be struggling with shot selection so far against mid-major opponents. That will have to improve if the Illini are going to show well in Las Vegas in games against No. 12 Texas and either No. 5 Baylor or No. 18 Virginia later this month.

November 11, 2022


Kansas City
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Ngandu F 30 4-7 0-0 0-0 4-10 1 1 0 2 1 8
A. Mukeba Jr. F 22 3-4 0-0 2-2 1-5 0 1 1 4 5 8
P. Idiaru F 19 0-3 0-0 0-3 0-3 3 0 0 1 2 0
S. Allen G 35 9-19 2-3 0-2 2-8 1 0 3 5 3 20
R. Mitchell G 33 1-14 3-4 0-7 0-3 1 0 0 3 2 5
S. Martin   14 0-3 0-0 0-2 2-2 1 0 0 2 2 0
P. Idiaru   12 0-3 0-0 0-3 1-2 0 0 0 1 4 0
J. Sullivan   11 2-4 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 1 0 4
E. Dimou   10 1-4 0-0 1-2 0-1 1 0 1 0 0 3
T. Andrews   7 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 3 1 0
B. Diallo   6 0-2 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 1 1 0
Totals   199 20-64
(.313)
5-7
(.714)
3-21
(.143)
15-40 8 2 5 24 21 48


Illinois
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
C. Hawkins F 27 3-7 0-0 0-3 2-3 2 1 2 1 1 6
M. Mayer F 13 2-5 0-0 1-4 0-2 0 1 1 1 3 5
T. Shannon Jr. G 27 4-12 5-7 1-5 1-4 5 0 1 1 0 14
S. Clark G 24 2-3 5-5 1-2 0-5 2 0 2 0 2 10
R. Melendez G 21 2-7 3-3 1-3 2-3 2 0 2 0 2 8
J. Epps   24 4-9 3-4 2-5 0-3 3 0 1 0 0 13
D. Dainja   23 9-11 2-5 0-0 5-15 0 5 1 3 1 20
T. Rodgers   21 2-4 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 1 1 4
S. Harris   11 2-5 0-2 2-4 0-1 0 0 0 3 1 6
B. Lieb   4 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Serven   2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 1 1 0 0
P. Warden   2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 30-64
(.469)
18-26
(.692)
8-27
(.296)
14-43 15 8 11 11 11 86
Officials: Lewis Garrison, Keith Lewis, Chad Barlow




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