Scores

Final

Loyola (IL) 49

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Illinois 67

(1-0, 1-0 home)

    9:00 PM ET, November 11, 2011

    State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois

    1 2 T
    L-IL 18 3149
    ILL 28 3967

    Top Performers

    Loyola (IL): W. Gibler 19 Pts, 6 Reb

    Illinois: M. Leonard 15 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Stl, 6 Blk

    Illinois 67, Loyola of Chicago 49

    Associated Press

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Meyers Leonard scored 15 points and had six blocks and Brandon Paul added 14 points to lead Illinois to a 67-49 season-opening win over Loyola Chicago on Friday.

    Leonard, a 7-foot-1 sophomore, had nine points by halftime and hit the first 3-pointer of his career for the Illini. Paul overcame a cold-shooting first half in which he scored two points to lead Illinois.

    Paul's 3-pointer with just over nine minutes to play gave the Illini a 48-38 lead and the breathing room they needed to finish off the Ramblers (0-1).

    Loyola had pulled to within 38-34 with 11:53 to play after an 11-2 run.

    Walt Gibbler led Loyola with 19 points, 15 in the second half.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    L-IL
    ILL
    Points 49 67
    FG Made-Attempted 18-51 (.353) 28-59 (.475)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-14 (.286) 6-21 (.286)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-14 (.643) 5-9 (.556)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 18

    2011-12 Season

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