Illinois routs USC 94-64 at Maui Invitational

Illinois routs USC 94-64 at Maui Invitational
November 20, 2012, 2:46 am
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Illinois guard Tracy Abrams (13) drives to the basket against Southern California forward Dewayne Dedmon (14) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner


LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Brandon Paul scored 26 points and Illinois used a hot first half to ride to an easy 94-64 win over USC Monday night at the Maui Invitational.

Illinois shot just under 69 percent in the first half on its way to a 31-point lead at the break. USC pulled no closer than 18 points in the second half despite some sloppy play from Illinois, which finished with 20 turnovers.

The Illini (4-0), who never trailed, also got 13 points from DJ Richardson, 11 from Tracy Abrams and 10 from Tyler Griffey.

USC (2-1) was led by Eric Wise with 13 points.

Illinois plays host team Chaminade on Tuesday. The Division II school knocked off Texas earlier Monday.