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Bruce Weber must have been pleased with his team's first half against UC-Irvine, in which the Illini allowed just 0.49 points per possession. The Anteaters shot just 23 percent from the field and turned it over on nearly a third of their possessions. [...] After intermission, however, it was a completely different story. Suddenly UC-Irvine was scoring in bunches, using dribble penetration to give the Illini fits. After scoring just 18 points in the first 20 minutes, the Anteaters reeled off 25 points in 10 minutes. Clearly, allowing a Big West team to score at a 100-point pace for an extended period is not something to be proud of, no matter how stifling the first half defense was.