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Aaron Jordan scored 19 points and Ayo Dosunmu added 18 and Illinois beat Evansville 99-60 in the season opener for both teams Thursday night.


The Illini played an up-tempo game, utilizing nearly every player on the bench. The Aces turned the ball over 25 times, leading to 32 Illinois.


Andres Feliz and Kipper Nichols added 16 and 13 points respectively for the Illini. Freshman center Giorgi Bezhanishvili grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.


K. J. Riley led the Aces with 14 points, Marty Hill added 13 and Shea Feehan 12 for Evansville.


Illinois was in charge from the opening tip, going on runs of 8-0, 16-1 and 18-3 to lead 53-22 at the break. The Aces turned the ball over 15 times in the first half, leading to 18 Illini points.


Illinois scored 22 of its 53 first-half points in the paint, including a spectacular cross-court pass from Nichols to Bezhanishvili for a rim-rattling dunk with 30 seconds left in the half that brought the crowd to its feet.


Illinois is 34-2 when starting the season at State Farm Center, including an active streak of 22 straight wins.

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