Illinois surges past St. Francis 89-64

Illinois surges past St. Francis 89-64
November 12, 2012, 10:18 pm
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Illinois' Brandon Paul (3) drives on St. Francis' Kevin Douglas (34) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Champaign, Ill., on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/John Dixon)


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Tyler Griffey scored 17 points and Tracy Abrams had 15, leading Illinois to an 89-64 win over St. Francis (N.Y.) Monday night.

Brandon Paul added 14 points and six assists for the Illini (2-0).

Akeem Johnson led St. Francis (1-1) with 13 points, Ben Mockford added 12 and Jalen Cannon had 11 rebounds.

Illinois couldn't shake the Terriers early, but closed the first half on a 15-0 run to take a 45-25 lead. The Illini held St. Francis scoreless for 7:11 during the spurt.

Illinois had only eight turnovers, something that concerned first-year coach John Groce during exhibition play.